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Release of 2017 schedule helps Phillies look towards a brighter future

If you are a Phillies fan
then you probably felt a sense of both joy and trepidation when the
2017 schedule was released by the MLB. Each season gives the
opportunity for a fresh start and the hope for some improvement. The
Phillies are definitely going to need fresh blood in the playing
ranks if any improvement is to come though. The fact is that,
although 2016 has been marginally more bearable for fans than the
disaster of 2015, the team is not currently strong enough to climb
the ladder substantially.  

This does not prevent
fans from living in hope though, and the release of the new schedule
gets minds and hearts focusing on a future that they hope will be a
little brighter. Let’s take a look at what the 2017 schedule is set
to bring and what needs to improve as far as the
Phillies
are concerned.


Starting
and finishing in the same place

It remains to be seen
whether this is a good or a bad thing, but the Phillies are starting
and ending the 2017 season in exactly the same way as they did the
2016 season. Their opening game is due to be played against
Cincinnati at
the Great American Ball Park
on April 3. This is exactly the same
fixture with which the Phillies started the 2016 campaign. Also
mirroring 2016, the Phillies will close the season with a home
fixture against the New York Mets. Hopefully these matching games at
the start and finish of the season are not a bad omen.


What
needs to change?

Every Phillies fan has
their own opinion about what changes are needed. The one thing that
there is little debate over is that the quality of players in the
Phillies line-up is not good enough. There is a real dearth of class
in depth. Even in pitching, where there is arguably most strength,
there is the worry of Nola’s injuries. If real improvement is to
occur player strength needs to be greater.


The
highlights of 2017

No matter what the result
of the 2017 season there are some real highlights to look forward to
along the way.
  • The visit of the
    Seattle Mariners in May.
  • The visit to Los
    Angeles in April.
  • The West coast visit
    in August which sees the Phillies visit the Angels, Giants, and
    Padres.

These
are just a few of the interesting games Phillies fans have to look
forward to during the 2017 season. If you are a fan you may want to
make things more interesting and place a bet on some of the fixtures.
If you are new to placing a bet then it’s important you understand
the legalities of placing a bet online. There is actually a lot of
misinformation online, so we recommend the following site to learn
the
truth about legal online gambling in Pennsylvania
. Online betting
aside, one thing every Phillies fan is hoping for during the 2017
season is more wins for the team. It remains to be seen if this
actually happens.  

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