Spring training has finally come to an end and it came at a good time. Harper and the Phillies look to be hitting their stride at the right time. But now it’s finally time to see this team in action when it matters.
The Phillies host their division rival, Atlanta Braves, at Citizens Bank Park today. Philadelphia will obviously have ace, Aaron Nola on the mound, who looks to continue off of his brilliant 2018 campaign. With the new additions that were made over the off-season, the atmosphere around this game and 2019 season in general seem a bit more electrifying than seasons past.
Baseball Is Back
Baseball has been irrelevant in Philadelphia for roughly 8 years now, but there are hopes that, that has finally changed. The Phillies shocked many people and ended 80-82 last year, but expectations are now much bigger this year. The city is buzzing for a good baseball team again and this year looks like it could be that year.
The Phillies made a huge splash in the off-season this year, getting Bryce Harper, Jean Segura, J.T Realmuto and former Pittsburgh star, Andrew McCutchen. All players are upgrades from the roster a season ago.
With Citizens Bank Park sold out today, fans are hoping to see their hometown team put on a show and send a message to the rest of the league.
Phillies Opening Day Lineup
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That opening day lineup looks quite intimidating with the revamped 3-5 spots. Harper, Realmuto and Hoskins form quite a trio in the heart of it all. The three should combine for around 70-80 home runs in 2019 and give pitchers around the league an absolute fit.
But its not just those three guys that can hit the ball. The whole lineup is good from the top to bottom.
People tend to forget Segura has hit for over 300 the past three seasons and was named an All-Star just a season ago. McCutchen, although not in MVP form anymore, is still a more than capable hitter as well accumulating over 230 RBIs in the past three seasons.
The Phillies have made tremendous upgrades all over from fielding to hitting. Philadelphia also has a adequate pitching staff and an upgraded bullpen from a season ago.
- NL East Champs
- 97 wins
- NLCS Appearance
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