2016 MLB Opening Day Countdown: Philadelphia Phillies Team Preview

By: Kyle May

As the 2016 MLB season draws closer, we will preview every single team in the reverse regular season standings order of the 2015 season. Today we will provide analysis on the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds.

2015 Record: 63-99 | 5th in NL East

2015 Recap: In 2015, the Phillies finished dead last in the MLB. In an effort to begin their stages of rebuilding, the Phillies traded away many notable players before the trade deadline including Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Ken Giles, Ben Revere, and Chase Utley. Maikel Franco was a pleasant surprise for the Phillies before landing on the disabled list late in the season. The Phillies lacked starting pitching big time in 2015. Overall, their season was not one to remember.

2016 Outlook: Give the Phillies a lot of credit for addressing their needs in the offseason. They added three starting pitchers and a closer. The Phillies will be very young this season, but should perform better than last year. Do not expect the Phillies to make the playoffs, but expect them to finish better than dead last. 2016 could be the first step in a successful organization turnaround for the Phillies.

Key Additions: Peter Bourjos, RF; Jeremy Hellickson, SP; Charlie Morton, SP; David Hernandez, CL

Key Losses: Aaron Harang, SP

Projected Starting Lineup:

  1. Peter Bourjos, RF
  2. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
  3. Odubel Herrera, CF
  4. Maikel Franco, 3B
  5. Ryan Howard, 1B
  6. Cameron Rupp, C
  7. Freddy Galvis, SS
  8. Cody Asche, LF
  9. Pitcher Spot

Projected Pitching Rotation:

1: Jeremy Hellickson
2: Aaron Nola
3: Charlie Morton
4: Jerad Eickhoff
5: Vince Velasquez
Closer: David Hernandez

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