A new Philadelphia Phillies season is vastly approaching which means it is time for some 2021 Phillies Predictions. The pitching has been a huge question mark regarding the Phillies for a while now and it still is a relatively big question mark heading into this upcoming year. The lineup for this Phillies team does look solid after they brought back catcher J.T Realmuto and shortstop Didi Gregorious. However, for the Phillies to truly compete in an improving NL East division, the pitching has to step up and be better.
2021 Phillies Predictions: The Starters
The Phillies rotation wasn’t that bad last year. The ace of the team, Aaron Nola, pitched very well throughout the entire year and showed why he is as dominant as he can be. Then there was Zack Wheeler who the Phillies last offseason signed him to a five-year $118 million contract. Wheeler turned out to be a solid number-two pitcher behind Aaron Nola, however, after those two the starting pitching takes a decline.
Last season the Phillies had names such as Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, Jake Arrieta, Spencer Howard, and more at the back end of the rotation. Velasquez and Eflin haven’t pitched at a high level in the major leagues and Arrieta wasn’t worth the contract that he was given by Philadelphia. For players such as Spencer Howard, he did show some flashes of solid pitching. However, the Phillies don’t know how good he will be throughout his MLB career.
The Phillies projected rotation would be Nola, Wheeler, Eflin, Velasquez, and Howard. Some of those pieces in the starting rotation are good, while others are either unproven or not that good, to begin with. The Phillies did go out and sign Matt Moore this offseason, but he is another guy that really makes you wonder if he can truly help this rotation or not. My 2021 Phillies Predictions for the rotation would be they are an average to a below-average in the MLB.
2021 Phillies Predictions: The Bullpen
There are few good words that would describe the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen. It was at times very hard to watch the bullpen try to save a game or keep a Phillies lead. The front office knew that this year the bullpen was one of the most crucial things that the Phillies had to adjust. Last year the Phillies had, David Phelps, Hector Neris, Brandon Workman, Tommy Hunter, and other relief pitchers that struggled throughout almost the entirety of the 2020 Phillies campaign.
The Phillies went out and did a pretty good job on the bullpen that has been struggling for so long. They signed Archie Bradley to a one-year deal and they traded for the left-handed flamethrower Jose Alvarado. Both of those acquisitions were solid for the Phillies, however, there is still some uncertainty for how well this bullpen can be, besides Bradley and Alvarado, the Phillies really do not know how good the rest of the bullpen can play. My 2021 Phillies predictions for this bullpen is it will improve but I wouldn’t consider it a top 10 bullpen. Time will tell how good this bullpen can truly be.
2021 Phillies Predictions: Wrap Up
The Phillies have an interesting situation on their hands regarding their pitching. They made some good acquisitions, but there is a lot of uncertainty. My 2021 Phillies Predictions for this entire pitching staff would probably be, they have an average year pitching. The bullpen improved but the starting rotation didn’t improve much to truly contend in the National League and the NL East.
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