Phillies Preview by Colby Jenkins

The Philadelphia Phillies 2019

 

The Philadelphia Phillies are off to a red hot 4-1 start after an opening weekend sweep with their rival Atlanta Braves and a series split with the Washington Nationals.  The acquisitions on offense including; Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, J.T Realmuto, and of course Bryce Harper, have all come up with key moments to jumpstart the season. Fans have been ecstatic filling the seats of Citizens Bank Ballpark while also taking over Harper’s former home in the nation's capital for his return. The 330 million dollar man has embraced the city of Philly and it fans the moment he ran off onto the field for the first time in red pinstripes.  The festivities were just beginning however on opening day as Andrew McCutchen hit a leadoff home run on his first swing as a Philly to help the club secure a 10-4 opening day victory.

 

With all the new additions to the organization, we shouldn’t overlook the main guys who lead us into a hot July last year including Rhys Hoskins as well as Aaron Nola.  With Rhys hitting his first grand slam on opening day and Nola getting his first win of the season the 2 are bound to build off last year and make this team a contender. Although the last game against the Nationals was ugly through the first 3 with Nola allowing 6, the ace should bounce back and build off the season he did last year which included him in the Cy Young discussion eventually getting him into third place from the voters.  A positive from the first loss of the year was that our guys are able to fight back as the Phillies scored 6 unanswered to make it an 8-6 game. The bullpen, who was solid from the 4th to the 8th inning, just couldn’t get it done as a struggling David Robinson gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the 9th and allowing 3 straight walks to have the Nationals literary walk us off.

 

In all of the cheers and praise the city of Philadelphia received after signing the hottest free agent in years, the Phillies organization also received questioning wondering if the young superstar in Bryce Harper was worth all that money after coming off one of the worst years in his career after only hitting .249 throughout the year.  However Harper responded after only about a week of the regular season, Bryce has hit home runs in 3 of his last 4 games and has reached base safely in 12 of his last 17 at-bats.

 

From the disgusting end of last year as we the fans watched in anguish as our guys fell apart in the last 2 months of the season,  the Phillies are set to contend for the top of the N.L East along with the Nationals, Braves, and Mets, as they look to grab the division for the first time in 8 years.  This season will be full of ups and downs as all seasons are, however, we hope that in those downs, the new additions to the team can help the Phillies get back to their winning ways as we haven't seen from 2007-20011.