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Rough year last year for the Phillies, although did get a lot better after the All-Star break, the emergence of Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, J.P. Crawford and Jorge Alfaro along with Aaron Nola hitting some hot form gave a lot of hope finishing the season and going into 2018 and beyond.
This year: Rebuild, Progression, Contend.
Phillies are entering the start of the exciting and promising era. This young Phillies team has one exciting offence and will be exciting to watch. We also have good depth, the rebuild is nearly over we nearly have all the pieces. This year is about progression we have a great offence and potentially great bullpen too, but starting pitchers could be the problem behind Nola is a uncertainty with Eickhoff and Velasquez and the youngsters aren’t quite there. Which is why we are crying for a new starter! Our division is coming towards us that’s for sure and we have a good opening two-month schedule if we start well it could set us up for a great year. Especially as we have prospects still to come up and we will bring players in. Overall I expect a big improvement on last year and ready to truly contend in 2019 with the big pot we have to spend on free agents too.
Potential to hit 0.500 or more which could mean wildcard place, love to see us playing competitive baseball in September! We should be looking at least 10-15 more wins than last years 66!
One to watch
Tough one! I think once he arrives in the bigs which isn’t far away at all.., Scott Kingery will be the one to watch.