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2024 Season Preview: The State of the Outfield

2024 Season Preview: The State of the Outfield

Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports A lot certainty and uncertainty at the same time. The outfield (and designated hitter) are running back their spots just like every other position group on the roster. However, just because there will be continuity doesn't mean there are no question marks. There are quite a few. The first is with Johan Rojas, can he hit enough to justify the everyday role the club is essentially handing him? There’s a small chance they may go with Whit Merrifield in left with Brandon Marsh in center but it would be a disastrous outcome for the...
www.thegoodphight.com Feb 27, 2024
2024 Season Preview: How much better can Bryson Stott get?

2024 Season Preview: How much better can Bryson Stott get?

Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports He’s good but there’s one element that could help him take a leap. Just like the rest of the roster, the infield was mostly run back. Sure, you may see the occasional day of Whit Merrifield at second base, but he was signed to mostly play the outfield given the roster construction. We already know that Trea Turner needs to be a better defender, Bryce Harper just needs to stay healthy, and Alec Bohm has to pull the ball more. What has gone under the radar is Bryson Stott, who put together a good second season in 2023 but it still felt...
www.thegoodphight.com Feb 26, 2024
2024 season preview: The State of the Infield

2024 season preview: The State of the Infield

Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports The usual suspects return, but will they play like usual? Players in camp: Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Bryson Stott, Alec Bohm, Edmundo Sosa, Whit Merrifield, Kody Clemens, Darick Hall, Weston Wilson, Rodolfo Castro, Carlos De La Cruz, Nick Podkul, William Simoneit, Matt Kroon, Scott Kingery Expected to make the roster: Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Bryson Stott, Alec Bohm, Edmundo Sosa, Whit Merrifield The Phillies will be returning the exact same infield that they used for the majority of the 2023 postseason. The only real “change” is it...
www.thegoodphight.com Feb 26, 2024
Rise and Phight: 2/26/2024

Rise and Phight: 2/26/2024

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports An encouraging weekend for the Phillies There were some positives this weekend for the Phillies during their first few games. The offense was very good in both games while the pitching was....eh. Aaron Nola looked sharp in his two innings, Jeff Hoffman and Jose Alvarado were both good. But that Saturday game was rough to watch. On to the links. Phillies news: Whit Merrifield likes the culture the Phillies have created after being around for a bit now. Justin Crawford is trying to make the major leagues and has some help from one of...
www.thegoodphight.com Feb 25, 2024
Phillies 4 Yankees 0: Come for Mick Abel and stay for Trea Turner

Phillies 4 Yankees 0: Come for Mick Abel and stay for Trea Turner

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports They allowed one hit to the Yankees in a Spring Training game, pretty cool. The Phillies start Spring Training 2-0 with wins over the Blue Jays and Yankees over the weekend. Speaking of yesterday’s game against the Blue Jays, this recap will be of a similar note-taking format. Here is a link to it if you didn’t get to see Whit Merrifield and Michael Mercado. Today’s game against the New York Yankees offered more of the regulars than before. Aaron Nola, Matt Strahm, Jeff Hoffman, José Alvarado, and Seranthony Domínguez all...
www.thegoodphight.com Feb 21, 2024
Rise and Phight: 2/21/2024

Rise and Phight: 2/21/2024

Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports We’re nearer to actual games being played I think we have the picture of spring training so far. Wheeler vs Harper draws a crowd pic.twitter.com/49u7xHhcxf— John Foley (@2008Philz) February 20, 2024 I wish I knew what the result of this picture was. On to the links. Phillies news: Fangraphs took a look at the Phillies signing Whit Merrifield and what it means to the overall roster. Baseball Prospectus previewed the Phillies and found they’re leading in FAR (Fun Above Replacement). J.T. Realmuto is in just as good a shape as...
www.thegoodphight.com Feb 20, 2024
Rise and Phight: 2/20/2024

Rise and Phight: 2/20/2024

Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Life is starting to spring anew with spring training The whole gang is in camp and things are being worked on. The big story yesterday was Whit Merrifield’s arrival in camp and talking to him about what he can bring to the team. Nothing really earth shattering there; just player speak about adding a veteran. On to the links. Phillies news: Dave Dombrowski continues to hope that the Phillies and Zack Wheeler are able to come to an agreement on an extension. Merrifield is here in Philadelphia, turning down a starting job in...
www.thegoodphight.com Feb 17, 2024
Rise and Phight: 2/17/2024

Rise and Phight: 2/17/2024

Photo by Cole Burston/ Moves have been made We’re back with weekend links! Figured with the offseason, there wasn’t a whole lot going on to write about, but hey - the Phillies have given us some things to write about now! On to the links. Phillies news: Not for nothing, but Alec Bohm won his arbitration case yesterday against the team and will make $4 million in 2024. The team is pretty confident that Whit Merrifield will be very good in what is expected to be a part-time role. With Johan Rojas and Brandon Marsh, the Phillies see a lot of untapped potential. MLB...

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