Philadelphia Phillies: Don’t Sleep on the 2021 Fightin’ Phils

There’s no doubt baseball fans are sleeping on the Philadelphia Phillies with the 2021 MLB season set to begin on April 1.

I understand the Phils have work to do and they’ve certainly left their fans screaming in agony.

But, you can’t ignore all the hard work they’ve put into the offseason.

With Matt Moore and Chase Anderson appearing as favorites to win the final two rotation jobs in camp, the Philly rotation should be better than the 2020 version.

The bullpen looks much better with Jose Alvarado and Archie Bradley hopping on the Phils roster.

Depth and More Depth

If Anderson and Moore claim rotation spots, then Spencer Howard and Vince Velasquez can be in the pen. Or in Howard’s case, the minor leagues.

Philly also has prospect Adonis Medina who made his big league debut last season.

Who knows, maybe veteran Ivan Nova makes the Opening Day roster in some capacity.

If the Phillies can stay healthy and make smarter choices than last year, the Phils will be much improved.

In center field, Philly wants to figure out who will be the No. 1 guy.

I predict Roman Quinn will start come the first day of the season.

Joe Girardi is more familiar with Quinn and Odubel Herrera might be better served as a bench bat.

With Adam Haseley out four weeks because of a groin strain, that makes the path to starting a lot easier for Quinn.

But, keep in mind, just because Quinn might start on Opening Day, there’s probably going to be times when Herrera is in center field. It just depends on the opposing pitcher.

Better Days for the Lineup

With the Phillies adding some reinforcements to their pitching staff, that definitely makes them a serious playoff contender.

And it makes life easier for the Philly lineup with gets back J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius.

Bryce Harper is back after dealing with back issues late last year.

And let’s not forget first baseman Rhys Hoskins who can drill the ball put of the ballpark.

Philly’s front office also padded the bench by signing Brad Miller.

Scott Kingery, Andrew Knapp, and Matt Joyce should find themselves on the pine with Miller. And as I previously mentioned, Herrera should be a bench bat, too.

Division Rivals are Overhyped

People around the MLB keep saying how good the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets are, but Philly can compete with those guys.

The Braves don’t have this outstanding pitching staff and the Mets have questions in theirs as well.

For the Braves, they lost Mark Melancon in free agency to San Diego and Shane Greene is still out there.

Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Charlie Morton are the top starters for Atlanta.

There just isn’t much depth for the Braves entering ’21.

For the Mets, Dellin Betances and Jeurys Familia were not impressive last season.

New York is hoping Trevor May and Edwin Diaz can be strong in ’21, but there isn’t a ton of optimism for this NY pen.

The Phillies aren’t prefect either, but out of all the NL East teams, Philly should be the most excited heading into the new year.

Washington added some bats, but I’m not a fan of their bullpen. Miami should come back to Earth after making the playoffs in ’20.

The Phillies aren’t a World Series team yet, but I expect them to make some noise. Then again, Philly fans should not get their hopes up. It’s important to head into 2021 with caution.

Do you think the Philadelphia Phillies are underrated heading into the new MLB season? Leave a comment below.

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