Phillies 2020 Season Preview
Updated: Sep 21
The boys are back in town! After a partial Spring Training and now “Summer Camp” we will finally have the return of Major League Baseball this Thursday, with the Phillies kicking things off Friday evening. With everything that has taken place so far in 2020 it will be a breath of fresh air to be able to sit down and watch a baseball game after dinner again. Teams will be playing 60 games, most of them vs other teams in their division, with the non division games coming against teams located in a similar geographic area (Phillies will play NL East and AL East). It will be a tough schedule as the Phillies will play 25 of their 60 games against the likes of the Nationals, Braves, Yankees, and Red Sox. However, in a short season anything can happen and a few hot weeks or cold weeks can really determine everything and with a much improved roaster the Phillies should be poised to make things interesting.
There is a ton of optimism and interest heading into this restart as we will see the debut of new Phillies manager Joe Girardi, who was an odds on fan favorite to take over as the new Phillies skipper. Along with Girardi, the Phillies lineup will look alot different with the addition of Didi Gregorious, Scott Kingery shifting to 2B, Jean Segura bouncing over to 3B, and a DH in the National League for the first time. As of right now it seems like Jay Bruce will get most of the opportunities at DH as the Phillies will face many more RHP than lefties. 1-9 the Phillies look to have a deep lineup that should make it tough on opposing pitchers and hopefully carry this team to success. The Phillies will also tout new SP Zack Wheeler who they signed as a free agent in the offseason from the division rival New York Mets. Wheeler is a huge addition to a team that needed an upgrade to its pitching staff and some help alongside ace Aaron Nola. The rotation and bullpen are still a huge question mark however as it really still has not been determined what the final 3 spots will look like with Jake Arrieta, Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, and Nick Pivetta all vying for starts. The bullpen as well is still somewhat a mystery with really only Hector Neris in the closers role being a sure thing.
Projected Lineup: Projected Rotation
C: JT Realmuto Aaron Nola
1B: Rhys Hoskins Zack Wheeler
2B: Scott Kingery Jake Arrieta
SS: Didi Gregorious Vince Velasquez
3B: Jean Segura Zach Eflin
LF : Andrew McCutchen
CF: Roman Quinn
RF: Bryce Harper
Fans are hoping for a playoff appearance from this year's Phillies club and like I said above in a 60 game season just about anything is possible, but I’m not sure this club has enough to make it happen this year. We have seen the Phillies play 2 exhibition games so far and I think what I saw is going to be very indicative of what this team will be, a team with high upside who can turn it on any given night, but will also fall into lulls where they are susceptible to lose to anyone. After coming out and hitting Max Scherzer, arguably the best pitcher in baseball all over the yard the Phillies offense was shut down last night at home vs Thomas Eshelman, a guy who they released from AAA just last year. Vegas set the Phillies win total odds coming into the season at 31.5 which puts them right on the .500 line and I think this is a perfect preseason prediction. If I had to make a guess on where this team ends up I would say anywhere between 29-34 wins. With that being said, let’s all be happy that baseball is back and hope that the Fightin’ Phills can find a way to get hot early and make this shortened season last as long as possible.