That’s an odd heading title to start off a blog post, but after years of mediocrity, the Phillies have nowhere to go but up. We’ve been hearing that adding a player like Bryce Harper and having a pitcher like Aaron Nola are the cures to the Phillies’ woes. Ok, then we add a player like JT Realmuto, and still no success. A tweak here and a tweak there, nope, nothing.
The last few Spring Training games have left that feeling as well, the Phillies giving up 8 runs to lose a game that they were up 8-1 in the top of the 8th inning. You’re not supposed to lose those types of games. The Blue Jays, who were a swaggering 16-9 in Spring Training as of today, roared back on the Phillies a couple of games ago, after the Phils had a nice lead on them.
Opening Day is a sense of optimism, and that starts tomorrow, it all counts after this Phillies team takes the field again. We can hope this Phillies team does better, on paper it seems like they have improved, but that’s just at a glance, the games still have to be played on the field.
So what do the professional forecasting services think? How will this 2021 Phillies team do? The plain truth is that the handicappers are picking the Phillies to have yet another ‘average’ year, with 80.5 wins and a .500 winning percentage.
This is a prediction that doesn’t sit well with a lot of Phillies fans, we’re kind of tired of hearing that the Phillies will turn in yet another forgettable season. It’s been a very long time since the Phillies have been in the playoffs even. You have to go back a decade to the last time the Phils made the playoffs, 2011. That’s a long drought.