Phillies Spring Training Predictions

Get your DVR’s ready, folks. This Phillies season won’t be lacking in moments that you’ll be wanting to rewind and watch again in slow motion. It’s no news to anyone that our pitching rotation could be one of the best in history, but there’s so much more that has to fall into place to take this team to the World Series. Fans are already checking out the new prospects in Clearwater and predicting who will hit the field on Opening Day. Like of the rest of you avid fans, the ballgirls are anxiously awaiting what will shape up during Spring Training and have our own predictions of what’s to come for this exciting season.

With the Phillies heading down south to prepare for the long awaited season, I have much anticipation about the bullpen, who will bat in the 5th spot and who will replace Jayson Werth.  I’m interested to see how Brad Lidge performs since he didn’t have to endure 2 surgery’s like he did last off season.  I am also interested to see how Jimmy Rollins will come back this year with some much needed rest. My fingers are crossed for a big come back season for him.  Since Jayson Werth moved onto the Nationals (tear), this leaves the notorious question of who will replace him for the Phillies?  I think with a little work on his performance at the plate, Mayberry could be a great candidate as well as Ben Francisco.  I really hope that Dominic Brown can bounce back from his not so great fall season and fine tune his talent for the upcoming season.  Also with Werth being gone I am anxious to see who will fill the 5th spot in the hitting line up, time will tell….

Finally!  Warm weather, Phillies baseball, and the beginning of what should be an extremely exciting season!  With Werth no longer a part of the squad, I think we will see a lot of Ben Francisco in right field while sharing some of that time with Dominic Brown.  With that being said, Dominic Brown will be the obvious prospect to look out for, but he’s not the only player we should be excited about!  Jonathan Singleton is going to try to stray away from his natural position of first base because we all know that is Ryan Howard’s stomping grounds.  Instead, he will try to find a place to call home in the outfield, which could turn into something great!  As for the bullpen, we will be golden if Lidge and Madson live up to what they are capable of…hopefully we will not need to access the bullpen much with our AMAZING rotation!  In regards to offense, we definitely need a big year from Jimmy Rollins this year regardless of his number in the lineup because when Jimmy’s on, the rest of the team follows.  Overall, this season has such awesome potential and I truly believe that it’s safe to say that each and every one of our opponents will be nervous to face us in 2011!

With the temperatures rising in the Philadelphia area I continue to get more excited for the 2011 season to start.  Since I can’t travel to Florida this year I continually watch the news/sports center for coverage of Phillies Spring Training.  I am so ready for warm weather, baseball, and red pinstripes!   One of my predictions for the 2011 season is a break out year for outfielder Domonic Brown.  Last year he got a taste of the big leagues and I feel this year he will really come into his own and be a major contributor defensively as well as at the plate. 

What can I say about this upcoming season that might possibly be one of the most dominating in years! With solid fielding in all positions the Phillies defense is sure to be one of the strongest in the league! After an off-season to recover, I predict Jimmy Rollins will be back at the top of his game and making the amazing double plays with his teammate in the middle infield, Chase Utley.  I think, in place of jason werth in right field, Dominic Brown will show he has what it takes to make the starting lineup and compete with the best.  After working on his hitting in the off-season with Greg Gross, Brown will be ready to play!  I can’t wait to experience what will definitely be a dominant season!

I not quite sure what my predictions are about Brown taking over in left field, but I do know that I am extremely excited to see how it goes! While I think we will miss Werth’s field coverage, great arm, and presence at the plate, I always enjoying watching young players come through the system and seeing what they can do. I’m also really looking forward to seeing the adjustments our offence has made, especially Ryan Howard. I think that watching our incredible lineup finally come together will be great and I can’t wait to see them all come home and play at Citizen Bank Park!

The best part of February is finally here–Spring Training time!!! Like most people, I expect great things from the Phillies this year.  I predict that right field will be shared by Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown but Spring Training will be the true test.  I think that our bullpen might not be very busy this year considering who our starting pitchers are!  I think that Chase Utley will step up and have a much better offensive season this year. I am excited to see some of the new prospects when I make my trip down the Clearwater in March.  I also agree with Jimmy Rollins’ prediction that this year will break the MLB record for most wins in history!

As far as predictions for this season go, I’d like to see John Mayberry Jr. and Ben Francisco step up to fill the shoes of Jayson Werth in left field. I’d also like to see the team rally offensively, and for the line-up to stay healthy without any major injuries, especially among the team leaders.

I cannot wait for Spring Training this year because it means our 2nd annual trip to Clearwater! I’m hoping we’ll get to see some stellar performances by DBrown in rightfield. As far as predictions for the unraveling of the season, clearly everyone is stoked about our bullpen but I’m still a little disappointed about my predictions last season falling through so I’m going to play it safe here and just predict “awesomeness”…can’t argue with that.

The right-handed hitting slot, left vacant by Werth’s departure, presents a prime opportunity for Francisco or Mayberry to fill the void in this powerful left-handed hitting lineup. I also am predicting that Rollins will have a career year by topping his personal highs for battings average, runs scored, and stolen bases. He’ll be the offensive spark plug that they’ll need to carry them to another winning season.

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