1. Most surprising Phillie?
Don M.: I would have to say Antonio Bastardo. For a long stretch this season he was nearly unhittable. For a team that lost Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras, and Ryan Madson to various injuries this season, Bastardo was outstanding for the Phillies at a time when they desperately needed bullpen help.
Jon Nisula: I have to go with Antonio Bastardo. He, along with the rest of the bullpen was overlooked going into the season. But he opened everyone’s eyes with a 0.99 ERA and .109 AVG against in his first 39 appearances.
Amanda Orr: Kyle Kendrick. He really bounced back this season, and was fairly impressive.
Kieran Carobine: You have to love the way Vance Worley is pitching this year. I liked the idea of bringing him up and giving him a shot but never thought he would do so well. And unlike JA Happ and Kyle Kendrick, I think Worley will have continued success at the back end of the rotation for the Phillies.
Corey Seidman: I’ll take Mayberry. This was a make-or-break year for him and he successfully shed the 4A-label that Brandon Moss and John Bowker are perfect examples of. Mayberry can do it all and is now an extremely valuable, cheap fourth outfielder.
Michael Baumann: Apologies to Vance Worley and Tony No-Dad, both of whom, I thought, would be decent relievers but far exceeded anyone’s realistic expectations. But Mayberry I had all but written off as a more athletic Wily Mo Pena, someone who could crush mistakes but whose propensity for strikeouts and lack of plate discipline would eliminate any chance he had of becoming a valuable major league player. FanGraphs had him at 2.4 WAR this season in less than 300 PA, which might overstate his value, but there’s no doubt that he’s been a most pleasant surprise.
Jay Floyd: Mayberry.
Pat Gallen: I would have said Shane Victorino if you’d asked me a month ago, but since he fell off at the end of the year, I’ll say Mayberry, as well. His power numbers are absurd for a short season (290 PA’s, 72 hits, 33 extra-base hits). Who knows how that will translate in for an entire year, but for ’11, it was great to see him grow into a right-handed force.
2. Phillies MVP?
Don M: Ryan Howard. Howard has gotten himself in great shape the past few seasons, he was able to stay healthy enough and give the Phillies a constant productive hitter in the lineup, regardless of what pieces filled-in around him.
Jon Nisula: Roy Halladay. He’s having an historic season, even by his standards. His 2.35 ERA is the lowest he’s ever recorded in a season with more than two game started, and his 2.20 FIP is the 2nd-lowest single season FIP in the last decade. He’s my MVP.
Kieran Carobine: have never been a huge advocate of combining the Cy Young and MVP awards, but it is impossible to not talk about Roy Halladay when talking about both of these categories. Halladay was Mr. Reliable for this Phillies team.
Amanda Orr: I’m going Halladay for both Cy Young and MVP. The man has been so consistent and no offensive player has stood out.
Corey Seidman: Shane Victorino for carrying the pre-Pence offense until a sluggish September. Thought it could be argued that Halladay and Lee were every bit as important in one-fourth of the games.
Michael Baumann: Halladay would get my vote not only for Phillies MVP, but I’d put him first or second on my NL MVP award ballot. According to FanGraphs WAR, Halladay has been the best pitcher in baseball by more than a full win. Halladay’s full-season stats are, once again, otherworldly, and I see no qualitative reason to argue with those results.
Pat Gallen: In a close race, Halladay. I wanted to be different and vote for Cliff Lee, but Halladay’s numbers across the board were just too steady. Only one time this season did he allow more than four earned runs in a start. Lee was maybe the most valuable player ever for the months of June and August.
3. Phillies Cy Young?
Don M.: Roy Halladay. While Cliff Lee has been dominant at times, Halladay has been the most consistent pitcher on the team all season. Halladay has a lower ERA, more complete games, wins… You can’t go wrong either way, but Halladay wins by a hair in my mind.
Jon Nisula: Halladay.
Kieran Carobine: Halladay.
Amanda Orr: Halladay.
Michael Baumann: Halladay. Apologies to Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, either of whom would be the best pitcher on literally almost any other team in the majors, and again to Worley and Bastardo, who were quietly and unexpectedly critical in shorter work. Halladay is still the class of this pitching staff.
Pat Gallen: Halladay.
Corey Seidman: Halladay. Not as sexy as 2011 Cliff Lee, but it was by far the best year of Doc’s storied career.
4. Phillies rating this season (1-10)?
Don M.: Phillies receive a 10 from me. The amount of injuries this team has overcome, and to dominate the National League so completely in the regular season. What we saw in this regular season was outstanding, and win-total, meaningless games aside, this team acomplished every goal it could during their first 162 games.
Jon Nisula: Easily a 10. This is the best Phillies regular season that I’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of.
Amanda Orr: I’ll give them an 8.5 (9 if they sweep the Braves because then they will have the best all-time Phillies record). The pitching was terrific all year, but a little more was expected out of the offense. They improved with the addition of Pence. It’s kind of scary to think that this team could have played better, and they have  wins. Regardless, they had an amazing season.
Kieran Carobine: The season played out exactly how I thought it would. It was a season dominating by pitching with spurts of little to no run support. I give them an 8/10.
Michael Baumann: 10. Honestly, what more could you possibly want from a team in the regular season? 100+ wins for the first time in my lifetime, the best record in baseball, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. It looks like every possible box on the wish list has been checked. I was entertained and pleased–I just don’t know what more I could have asked for.
Jay Floyd: N/A. As a result of the terrific collection of players the Phils have accumulated in recent years, a rating of their first 162 games of 2011 is a waste. The games that truly matter for the five-time defending division champions are yet to come.
Corey Seidman: 10. They won 100+ games, had an expected Win-Loss record BETTER than their actual record. They had a run differential close to +200. For regular season, it’s a 10. They rolled from start to finish and only experienced one bad streak the entire season
Pat Gallen: 9.6. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty close. I know you can’t have it all, but the offense left a lot to be desired during large stretches of the season, it’s just that the pitching staff was so damn good it made up for it. Had the offense been given Hunter Pence from the get-go, that might be 10/10. With a title, it’ll be 11 out of 10.
Here are the preseason standings as projected by a few of our writers at Phillies Nation:
NLE: Phillies (95-67)
ALE: Red Sox (100-62)
Phillies over Cubs
WS: Red Sox over Phillies 7
NLE: Phillies (95-67)
ALE: Red Sox (97-65)
Phillies over Giants
WS: Red Sox over Phillies
NLE: Phillies (94-68)
ALE: Red Sox (104-58)
Phillies over Brewers in 5
WS: Red Sox over Phils in 6
NLE: Phillies: (95-67)
ALE: Red Sox: (96-66)
Phillies beat Cubs
WS: Red Sox beat Phillies
NLE: Phillies (94-68)
ALE: Red Sox (99-63)
Phillies over Dodgers in 4
WS: Phillies over Twins in 5
NLE: Phillies (91-71)
ALE: Red Sox (97-65)
Phillies over Giants in 5
WS: Phillies over Red Sox 5