Philadelphia Phillies: Joe Girardi Has Three Wishes for 2020

If MLB has a regular season this year, I know new Philadelphia Phillies skipper Joe Girardi will be hoping a few things transpire so his club can be a force to reckon with in the National League once again.

There’s plenty of high expectations for the Phils after missing the playoffs again last season.

Philly hasn’t smelled October baseball since 2011.

Let’s take a gander at Girardi’s 2020 wish list.

Play Like an All-Star

Bryce Harper needs to make the All-Star this year after not getting the nod last season, which was also his first year in Philly.

J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins also need to be consistent in 2020, especially since J.T. wants a new deal, and Rhys struggled to find his swing in ’19.

Jake Arrieta must return to form in some respects after missing time last year due to injury.

If Jake can be a strong innings eater for the Phils as their No. 3 starting pitcher, then maybe the Phillies will have a better chance of winning the NL East or at least making the playoffs.

Bottom line: the good players on this team have to maximize their potential in 2020, which is a nice boost for Joe Girardi.

Step Right Up

There’s no question Vince Velasquez, Nick Pivetta, and Zach Eflin have to rise to the occasion when given an opportunity to perform.

Some combination of these three guys has to pitch better as the No. 4 and 5 pitchers.

I’m sure with uncertainties surrounding the Phillies’ bullpen, Pivetta, Eflin, or Vinny V will have to be a long man in that pen.

With GM Matt Klentak deciding to forgo the idea of acquiring another starter, one of the three arms mentioned will have to show why Klentak made the correct choice in doing so.

I’m not saying these guys have to be great, but they must play better. This trio has been with the big league club long enough. It’s time to start producing.

Young Guns

Joe Girardi has seen what the younger players can do in spring training games this year, but they need to be productive in Triple and Double-A.

For example, third base prospect Alec Bohm and pitcher Spencer Howard will probably not make the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.

However, if they can give Girardi more of a sample size then they could wind up in Philly sooner rather than later.

The Phils haven’t seen many prospects pan out over the past 10 seasons. That list includes Freddy Galvis, Dominic Brown, Darin Ruf, and Nick Williams.

If Bohm can reach the big leagues, then that would give Girardi more options, especially if MLB decides to go with a DH in both the AL and NL.

Howard would add stability to the Phils’ pitching staff and help the club build a stronger nucleus of players for 2020 and beyond.

If Bohm and Howard can step up this year, that would unleash smiles across the City of Brotherly Love.

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