Here’s a guess at how the team could look coming north on March 29.
2017 stats: .281/.325/.452, 104 OPS+
What to expect: Professional at bats, walks, power. Santana walks nearly as much as he strikes out, a rare trait for hitters in today’s game.
The countdown to Opening Day is upon us, Phillies fans.
What to expect: One of baseball’s top 10 second baseman. With second base prospect Scott Kingery nearly ready for the majors, Hernandez could be part of a midseason trade for an ace.
While spring is always an optimistic time of year in camps around the sport, something different is happening in Clearwater, Florida: Real, true optimism and excitement for the first time in, well, a long time.
2017 stats: .293/.373/.421, 112 OPS+
What to expect: Streakiness, but overall good play from one of baseball’s most polarizing players. Could be moved up and down the order by Kapler.
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2017 stats: .259/.363/.455, 112 OPS+
The Phillies will open the regular season with a 4:10 p.m. road game vs. the Atlanta Braves on March 29. This is how the starting lineup could look.
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The Phillies haven’t posted a winning record since 2011, and have been one of baseball’s worst teams since the start of the 2013 season. But with new manager Gabe Kapler, a slew of young bats, payroll flexibility, veteran additions (with potentially one more big one on the way), 2018 could be the start of a new era.