Phillies 2019 Season Preview
Ready to check out our 2019 Philadelphia Phillies predictions? Off the big signing there is lots of buzz in Philly. They are definitely better and on the come but I am not sure they are going to catch Atlanta. They are more interesting though.
MLB Phillies Predictions & Handicapping Insight
Getting Harper is an upgrade but at the same time he is overrated in my opinion. They should score more runs though.
They have one stud pitcher but need more than that if they are going to avoid a late season fade, like they had a year ago.
2019 MLB Team Previews – Philadelphia Phillies
- Phillies National League Central Odds +210
- Phillies National League Odds +450
- Phillies World Series Odds +900
- OF Bryce Harper
- OF Andrew McCutcheon
- C JT Realmuto
Harper is an All-Star, and a power source that slots in nicely. To me he is not one of the 10 best players n the game or even close.
McCutcheon is not washed up. If the expectations are normal then he can easily exceed them. They probably normalize with Harper around.
Realmuto is one of the best catchers in the game. Being above average in that slot can make a huge difference and is felt at the plate and in the field.
- 1B Justin Bour
Brought in to provide some extra power to the lineup the former Marlin never really did much for the Phillies.
2019 Philadelphia Phillies Predictions: Projected Lineup:
- RF Andrew McCutcheon
- SS Jean Segura
- LF Bryce Harper
- 1B Rhys Hopkins
- C JT Realmuto
- CF Odubel Herrera
- 3B Maikel Franco
- 2B Cesar Hernandez
I really like this lineup. McCutcheon gets them off to a great start and Segura is a speed guy in front of the big boppers. Realmuto could really put up some big RBI numbers. I think he will be batting with guys on base a lot.
The lower third is also really good. Franco is a guy who could easily hit 30 homers and Herrera is probably better suited to a spot where he can be a second leadoff guy but also produce with power. One of the best lineups in the league.
2019 Philadelphia Phillies Predictions: Projected Rotation:
- RH Aaron Nola
- RH Jake Arrieta
- RH Nick Pivetta
- RH Vince Velasquez
- RH Zach Elfin
Nola was awesome last year and there is no reason to think he can’t keep it up. Arrietta was great as a veteran leader to. He is the only arm on the staff that is not in his 20s.
Velasquez is still an enigma but the stuff is there. If he can harness it he can be as good any anyone. Pivetta and Elfin are never going to be elite but they can easily go 12-7 and keep them in every game.
2019 Philadelphia Phillies Predictions: Projected Closer:
- RH David Robertson
I think Robertson was a good get. He is a veteran arm who can still get it done and should give a relatively young staff confidence.
Seranthony Dominguez is the best arm in the pen but probably won’t close as they will use in situations where there is the most leverage. He can come in and strike out three batters in a row.
The rest of the bullpen is OK. They are counting on getting a lot of innings from their starters and not just the minimum 15 outs. Hector Neris has proven to be a guy they can rely on.
2019 Philadelphia Phillies Predictions:
When the Phillies signed Harper the odds changed big time. I have to admit I never considered them much more than a Wild Card contender but after looking at them closely I can see them going all the way. Some value has been sapped though.
It looks like a three way battle for the NL East this season. Even without Harper the Nats should be pretty good and Atlanta could be better than last season as their players develop.
Philly might have the best lineup in the NL and definitely could mash the ball in their home park. I expect Harper to be good but he will probably never play up to that contract. .
The pitching staff looks really good too. They are not loaded in the bullpen like some teams but that is not the only way to win.
They have five quality starters and that still counts for something. It gives them a chance to win every night.
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