After a inconsistent season last year where the phillies were 66-96, they are looking to bounce back and be in contention for a wild card spot in the National league. The Phillies have a lot of young talent that is going to be exciting to watch. If they can stay consistent throughout May and June, their record should improve drastically. The Phillies had one of the worst months in Mlb history last year as they went 3-25 in the month of may, as well as having a very bad month of June as well. However, they turned it around in the second half of the season playing around 500 baseball as they went 41-40. Continue reading
On March 11th, 2018 Jake Arrieta signed a 3 year $75 million dollar contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Arrieta was a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs for the past 5 seasons, and was a vital member of their World Series championship team in 2016. In the 2017 season Arrieta was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA. This past season was the first time in his career time where he had double digit losses in a season. Even though his 2017 season wasn’t as great as his 2015 CY young award year, his stats over the last 3 years compare favorably to other elite pitchers like Max Scherizer, Zack Greinke and David Price. Arrieta is an experienced veteran who knows what it takes it to win, and who can be a great mentor to the other pitchers on the Phillies. I believe Arrieta and Aaron Nola can be a 1, 2 punch and will cause problems for other teams this year. Even though the Phillies acquired Arrieta and other free agents this offseason I don’t think they will win the division. My NL East predictions are the Mets winning the division, Nationals will take 2nd and make the playoffs, I think the Phillies have a lot of promising talent on offense and they will finish third in the division. I believe that the are a year or too from winning the division and making the playoffs. The Miami Marlins will finish last in the division. I think the loss of Stanton really hurts there offense, and they will need a year to find their offensive identity.