Glimmers seen across the Floridian sky raised the possibility. Now, just three series into the new season, it’s reasonable to believe that the Philadelphia Phillies‘ offensive game might come around again. The vaunted 2008 offensive isn’t likely to reappear, but playoff hopes should be bolstered by the bats in this rack.
Yes, Charlie Manuel’s team has a major issue (Roy Halladay) to address within the starting rotation and the bullpen’s middle-inning men aren’t set just yet. But, a healthy, revamped lineup should help this baseball team to make a season-long push toward the fall.
Chase Utley is back in business because he’s managing his chronic knee condition. If he can generally maintain his current pace, he’ll produce his best season since 2009.
Jimmy Rollins never truly lost his swagger. But, his beat box has been softening since he appeared in 88 games in the 2010 season. With his wheels still under him and pop left in his bat, “J-Roll” is set to take another summer stroll.
While Ryan Howard is healthy, his gait remains guarded. Watching his giddy-up on the bases makes one wonder how tenuous his career path will always be. However, he did send a number of balls over the fences in spring training and should smash another 30+ during the regular season.
Michael Young will battle Rollins for the team lead in hits this season. His bat makes the middle of the order better than last year’s bunch.
Domonic Brown has shown flashes of the player who I’ve seen perform in the minor leagues since the 2009 season. The jury remains in deliberation regarding his current status. But, his swing is steady and his head is clear.
Ben Revere is wearing Shane Victorino’s glove in center field. He needs to match Juan Pierre’s 2012 offensive production as well.
Delmon Young’s regular season arrival should allow the right field contingent, which includes John Mayberry, Jr. and Laynce Nix, to become a decent OPS trio.
Erik Kratz should be fine as Carlos Ruiz‘ backup this season. When “Chooch” returns it would be nice to see him produce numbers that match his career averages.
Kevin Frandsen is exactly the type of veteran bench man this team needs. He’s resilient and is grateful for the opportunity that he’s earned.
Freddy Galvis has some offensive potential and could prove to be valuable if any infield holes need to be filled.
When all factors are considered and emotion doesn’t carry one away, the 2013 Phillies’ offense has the potential to be more in line with the honored past than the last few seasons.