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