The Philadelphia Phillies won five NL East Crowns from 2008 to 2011 and a World Series championship. The Phillies are a disaster since their loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last year in the 2011 NLDS. In seven of their nine seasons, they have finished below.500. This includes two seasons with an 81-81 record.
The Phillies ended last season with a record 28-32. This was good enough to finish third in the NL East. They were 7 games behind the division-winning Atlanta Braves. This team is better on paper than last year. However, the rotation and bullpen will be crucial in helping the Phillies return to contention for a 162-game season.
The Philadelphia Phillies begin their 2021 campaign with a six-game homestand. Citizens Bank Park will host the Mets and Braves for three games each. The Phillies then travel to Truist Park in Atlanta to play three games against the Braves, and to Citi Field to face the Mets for four. At the moment, the Phillies are +5500 to win this year’s World Series, +2500 for the NL Pennant, and +900 to win NL East. Vegas expects them to be a poor team, as 80.5 is their season win total.
Phillies 2021 Proposed Lineup
The Phillies roster is so disappointing that you have to scratch your head. They have players who can both hit for power and average, and they have the speed to run on the bases. These projections are impressive. If they are able to keep their word, the bullpen and rotation will need to up their game. The Phillies’ batting lineup looked like this at the time of writing:
- Andrew McCutchen
- Alec Bohm
- Bryce Harper
- J.T. Realmuto
- Rhys Hoskins
- Didi Gregorius
- Jean Segura
- Scott Kingery
- Pitchers Spot
Andrew McCutchen may be a shell of the man he was when it all began in Pittsburgh. However, he is still fast and has some power in his bat. This was evident by 10 home runs last season. He will be awarded an A+ grade if he is able to get on base and allow Harper and Bohm to pitch.
The Phillies will rely heavily on Harper, Harper, Realmuto and Hoskins to do the bulk of the lifting. The team is expected to hit a total of 137 home runs, with Harper leading at 36. Harper is the most criticized player because of his huge contract. Each one of them has a lot to prove. The results must speak for themselves if you want to be paid like a superstar. The criticism of the Phillies’ inability to secure a playoff berth under Harper is justified to a certain extent.
Phillies 2021: Projected Rotation and Closer
The Phillies pitching staff is made up of young pitchers with extreme upside. Unfortunately, Aaron Nola, their staff “ace”, has not been able put together an efficient full season. Nola was the Phillies’ only bright spot last year, pitching to a record 5-5 and a 3.28 ERA.
The Phillies will be supporting Nola with Zack Wheeler and Zack Eflin. Vince Velasquez and Matt Moore are also on the roster. Wheeler and Eflin may be the most well-known pitchers in this quartet, but Wheeler had the better 2020 season. Former Mets product pitched in 11 games last season and posted a 4-2 record with an ERA of 2.92. His three consecutive years of pitching at.500 or higher are a testament to his ability. The Phillies need him to continue the solid work if they want to avoid the bottom. Eflin and Velasquez will be supporting him in big ways, while Moore was not even pitching last season.
The Phillies will be relying on Hector Neris for the closing of the bullpen. Neris did a great job last season. He was able convert five save opportunities and had an ERA 4.57. Last season, the Phillies were unable to overcome their Bullpen. The Phillies will continue to be behind the eight ball if the Bullpen doesn’t perform well.
Phillies 2021 Predictions
FanGraphs projects Philadelphia finishing the season with an average of 80-82 records, good enough to place fourth in the division. Phillies fans will be disappointed if that happens. The criticisms will continue to mount. The season win total is exactly where it should be. It’s difficult to decide whether the under is worth it when you look at the batting order. If the price was right, I would take the over.Last Updated on October 2, 2021