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Philadelphia Phillies 2015 Season Preview

Philadelphia Phillies 2015 Season Preview
The outcome looks bleak in the “City of Brotherly Love.” With an old roster and poorly run front office, the Phillies are stuck trying to recapture their past success instead of rebuilding for the future. Don’t expect much love for this team in 2015.

Futures

Odds To Win Division: +5000

Odds To Win NL Pennant: 75/1

Odds To Win World Series: 150/1

Regular Season Win Total: 68.5

Most Significant Offseason Changes

Biggest Additions: 

Aaron Harang, SP

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Kevin Slowey, P

Chris Nelson, 3B

Jeanmar Gomez, RP

Biggest Losses:

Jimmy Rollins, SS

Marlon Byrd, LF

Kyle Kendrick, SP

Antonio Bastardo, RP

They’ll Be Successful If…

A couple of players on the Phillies will have successful seasons in 2015. If second baseman Chase Utley and center fielder Ben Revere can remain healthy the Phillies lineup has some strong players up the middle. Utley has been the backbone of the Phillies since 2003 and recently stated he would like to play his entire career with the organization. The fans love Utley and he remains to this day one of the better second baseman in the game. Revere is a lethal combination of speed and defense. Revere finished tied for the NL lead in hits last season with 184 and stole 49 bases, while ranking third in fielding % for center fielders. The most impressive stat for Revere was his 12.3 at-bats per strikeout, which lead the NL and shows superb plate vision. If these two players can excel and someone, anyone else, on the Phillies’ roster can be productive the Phillies may be able to crack the 69 win mark in 2015.      

They’ll Be Unsuccessful If…

The best players from the Phillies’ successful stint 5 years ago are now old and over the hill. The team plainly lacks talent. There are many news report that Cliff Lee may never pitch again. The further CY Young winner has been suffering through multiply injuries the past few seasons, and if his latest elbow injury does require surgery, he has publicly stated he will likely retire. The big man Ryan Howard (listed at 6’4″ and 250lbs) can still hit a home run, but is a burden in about every other aspect of the game (especially in batting average and fielding capabilities). Cole Hamels, the Phillies best pitcher is consistently mentioned in trade discussions and will be gone by the trade deadline or sooner. Chase Utley is still a productive second baseman, but is entering 2015 at 37 years of age and has missed at least 30 games 4 of the past 5 seasons. With the Phillies best players all on the backend of their careers, Philly will need other players to step up. The roster lacks any game changers or consistent performers who have the ability to change the fortune of the Phillies.     

Fantasy Bargain: Dominic Brown, LF

Someone on the Phillies roster will need to step it up in 2015, so why not Domonic Brown. The Phillies right fielder has an impressive season in 2013, with 27 home runs and 83 RBIs. While last season Brown was a fantasy disappointment, he should rebound and come close to recapturing his 2013 numbers. Look for a stat line of .260 batting average, 20 home runs, 20 doubles and 75 RBIs from a presumably very late round pick in your 2015 baseball fantasy draft.   

Outlook

It is hard to look at their roster and find much to be impressed about. Much of the blame can be placed on a front office not willing to adapt. The Phillies recently finished dead last in a study of all 122 major sports teams in North American (MLB, NBA, NFL & NHL) in strength of the franchise’s analytics staff. With an expected last place finish in the National League East and some hefty veteran contracts still on the books, the Phillies may be stuck at the bottom of the standings for longer than just the 2015 season.  

Prediction: 5th In NL East

 

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