In our Baseball Spotlight Philadelphia Phillies 2021 season preview, we take a look at everything from last season to projections for the 2021 season. Let’s get started!
Are the Phillies a contender in the National League East? The answer to this question is probably no, but there is something about this team that I really enjoy. It’s too bad they were not playing in the National League Central in 2021 because they could do damage in that division.
The same narrative will not be applicable in a stacked National League East, but I expect Philadelphia to battle for 162 games. Do not be surprised if there is a point during the season when you question if this team could win the division.
- 2020 Regular Season Record: 28-32 (.467)
- NL East Finish: 3rd
- Postseason: N/A
- 2021 Projection: 83-79
- NL East: 4th
Projected Opening Day Roster
C: J.T Realmuto
1B: Rhys Hoskins
2B: Jean Segura
3B: Alec Bohm
SS: Didi Gregorius
OF: Andrew McCutchen
OF: Bryce Harper
OF: Adam Haseley
C: Andrew Knapp
IF: Brad Miller, Ronald Torreyes
OF: Roman Quinn, Matt Joyce
RHP: Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, Zach Eflin, Chase Anderson
LHP: Matt Moore
RHP: Hector Neris, Archie Bradley, Brandon Kintzler, Connor Brogdon, Vince Velasquez, Sam Coonrod, David Hale
LHP: Jose Alvarado
Phillies 2021 Season Preview
Philadelphia is a good team in an exceptional division. That’s a tough hand for Philadelphia to be dealt in 2021, but they will be competitive. Any team with Bryce Harper and J.T Realmuto cannot be awful.
When the Phillies roster is examined, it screams slightly above average, which is not a championship formula. I still am high on the Phillies, and they have been able to stay healthy, so anything can happen over 162 games.
The Phillies have the best hitting catcher in baseball in their two-hole. Realmuto elected to resign with Philadelphia in the offseason, which was a massive gain for the team.
The catcher is a career .328 hitter with a .455 on-base percentage. He also averages over 20 bombs per season, so expect a big year out of Realmuto after signing his five-year, $115 million deal.
After Realmuto, Bryce Harper must be mentioned. Harper is arguably one of the best players in baseball, even though he has been inconsistent over the past two seasons. Harper will return to an All-Star caliber player in 2021, blasting 35 home runs.
I want to see Harper improve his batting average in 2021. His on-base percentage has been exceptional, but the Phillies play their best baseball when he is driving in runs. Rhys Hoskins can help Harper regain his .300+ batting averages if he performs.
Hoskins has a big bat and a great eye at the plate, but the complete package has not come together yet in his three years of service time. Hoskins could be the full package, and the Phillies need him to play to this level in 2021 to sniff the postseason.
Didi Gregorius leads the bottom of the lineup. Gregorius is a fantastic ballplayer who is coming off an outstanding 2020 campaign. Gregorius slashed .284/.339/.488 with ten home runs.
When a player at the bottom of the lineup can do this and not miss a start, it will be very beneficial for a franchise.
The Pitching Staff
The Phillies are led by Aaron Nola on the hill. Nola finished seventh in the Cy Young Award voting in 2020 after throwing 71 innings and striking out 96 batters.
The scary thing about the Phillies rotation is in positions four through six. These slots will bring limited strikeouts and ERAs that are approach 5.00. In Matt Moore’s case, he is likely to exceed 5.00 for his 2021 ERA.
The Phillies need Neris to pitch as he did in 2019 when he recorded a 2.93 ERA for them to compete in the late innings of contests throughout the season.
Tanner’s Projection: 83-79
Four games above .500…With the strength of the division and the back end of the rotation, this sounds accurate for Philadelphia.
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