Philadelphia Phillies 2019 Predictions

Updated: March 12, 2019
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By: Atlanta Braves Expert Writer

 Stephen Schenck (@WBBBStephenS)


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The city of brotherly love is alive and well for this MLB season. The Phillies reloaded this offseason signing not one, but two former MVP’s in Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper. Last season was average for the Phillies last year finishing third in their division and two games under .500. The improved offense was necessary for the Phils finishing tied last in the majors in batting average at .234.

The first big addition was Jean Segura from the Mariners in a trade that sent long time top prospect J.P. Crawford to Seattle. On top of Segura batting .300 the past three seasons he also swiped 20 or more bases between 2013-2018. Next up is McCutchen, he struggled last year ending up being traded to the Yankees setting a career high in strikeouts and lowest batting average at .255. He’s gonna look to get back to MVP form and will have plenty of protection in the lineup. The next add was J.T. Realmuto in a trade with the Marlins who’s coming off his best year. He’ll get a lot of chances to drive in runs most likely batting behind Harper in the line up.

The big sign was Bryce Harper at 13 years for 330 million he’s gonna have the world on his shoulders this year. Bryce has been hit or miss for a player of his caliber sometimes he’s the best hitter and sometimes he’s so-so. Last year he set a career high for RBI’s, but also had a career high in strikeouts. There’s no sure thing on what the Phillies are gonna get from Harper. He’s sure to get plenty of walks and over 80 RBI’s each year in his tender with the club.

The Phillies pitching staff hasn’t changed too much from last year with their most impressive stat was 6th in the majors in strikeouts. Jake Arrieta had a down year opponents hit a higher .254 average against, only won 10 games, and 138 strikeouts his worst year since 2012. He’ll need to turn things around as he’s now the two starter behind Aaron Nola. Nola, had a career best 2.37 era .197 average against and 224 strikeouts. The Phillies added all-star reliever David Robertson to improve the bullpen. Robertson, is an above average reliever and a consistent part of the bullpen the past ten seasons.

Everyone in the NL East got better this offseason, but none of them as much as the Phillies. The front office did a good job not making it look like the Bryce Harper show putting multiple top pieces around him to take some of the weight off. They fixed their offensive problems and should be the favorites to win the wildcard and possible World Series contenders.

Stephen Schenck

Former batboy and assistant clubhouse manager for the York Revolution for four years


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