Philadelphia Phillies: Ring The Bell for the 2021 Season
The new MLB year is here and spring training has just begun. The Philadelphia Phillies have to figure out a way to reach the playoffs, but did they do enough this offseason?
Philly hasn’t made the postseason since 2011 and their bullpen was atrocious last year.
With other teams in NL East getting better, the Phils need to bring their ‘A’ game every day.
Let’s break down each section of their team for the 2021 campaign.
Aaron Nola should be the Phillies starter on Opening Day once again, but he needs to pitch better down the stretch in order to boost the Phils’ playoff chances.
Zack Wheeler enters his second season as a Phillie and showed he could dominate an opponent if necessary.
Zach Eflin returns to the rotation yet again and could break out in Year 6.
In 2020, Eflin struck out 70 batters in 59 innings pitched.
With Dave Dombrowski and Sam Fuld now leading the Philly front office, the Phils were able to find rotation depth.
Matt Moore, Chase Anderson, and Ivan Nova were signed to small contracts of some kind and will compete this spring.
If all goes well, the Phillies rotation should be stronger than it was last year.
The Phils just kept adding pen arms as they traded for Jose Alvarado and Sam Coonrod. They also signed Brandon Kintzler, Archie Bradley, and Tony Watson.
I would guess the Philly pen would be much improved after an awful 2020, but time will tell.
The Phils brought back Hector Neris and it looks like Ranger Suarez could be in the pen this season.
Connor Brogdon and JoJo Romero have upside out of the pen and can light up the radar gun.
I’m not expecting perfection from this Philly pen, but it should turn some heads and keep the Phils in most games they participate in this year.
The starting lineup for the Philadelphia Phillies is obviously the highlight of this baseball team right now.
Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Alec Bohm, and Didi Gregorius can hit for power and smack the ball the other way. These guys can also run well and find a way to reach base safely.
If Rhys Hoskins and Andrew McCutchen can produce by knocking runs themselves, then this lineup will be even scarier with almost no holes 1 through 9.
Philly didn’t bring back veteran outfielder Jay Bruce, but they did sign utilityman Brad Miller on Wednesday.
The Phillies will most likely have Scott Kingery, Andrew Knapp, and Adam Haseley coming off the bench in ’21.
But, there are some players to keep your eyes on during spring training.
Catcher Jeff Mathis, INF/OF Mickey Moniak, INF C.J. Chatham, OF Matt Joyce, and OF Odubel Herrera could play for the Phils during the regular season at some point.
I can’t say this Phillies team is a lock to make the playoffs or win the NL East in 2021, but they should be contenders for both prizes.
If the dominos fall the right way, the Philadelphia Phillies should be one of the better teams in baseball and a fun team to watch this season.
How good do you think the Phillies can be in 2021? Leave a comment below.