A spring ago, fans were rejoicing at the arrival of J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper. Phillies fans believed that they were going all the way. However, after a very long summer of bad pitching and missed opportunities, the Phillies underperformed and missed the playoffs with an 81-81 record. The end of the season led to an interesting offseason, including the firing of manager Gabe Kapler and the hiring of former Yankees manager Joe Girardi as the new skipper. The Phillies are now back with new additions from New York, Zack Wheeler and Didi Gregorius. Through the last two months of the Grapefruit League, Philly won twelve games and have had some of their prospects, including Alec Bohm, shine throughout the spring.
The hitting is now consistent and the pitchers seem to be getting into a groove. Will this success continue into the regular season? The Braves added a couple of reinforcements to their star-studded roster. Also, Washington Nationals will be playing very hard to defend their World Series Title. The Mets will look to be a problem with the big bat of Pete Alonso. The road will be long and very trying for the Phillies. A new skipper at the helm and a revamped roster have the team poised for a playoff run. However, with the regular season pushed back two weeks due to COVID-19, there could be concerns that the team loses its spark and the flame dies out before it counts. The success of the 2020 Phillies all rests on whether or not they can keep the momentum from their dominant Grapefruit league season.
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