By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on March 27, 2014
Some of the names you see on the Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day lineup are good. Actually a lot of them are good but that does not mean they are all currently high run producers during the season. Age has caught up with this team and while they do have a couple of good younger players, they also have a little too much experience to be a serious contender in the N.L. East.
Though Revere is not going to be a big home run guy or even a big RBI guy this season, that doesn't mean he won't contribute. Actually he is likely to be one of the better hitters on the team. The problem will be that he gets on base but is stranded too many times for it to be a big deal for the team. Stranger things have happened though and if this team wins, you can bet Revere will be their man.
Rollins is a very good shortstop but offensively he just isn't what he once was. Unfortunately he has seemingly outgrown his prime. Having said that, if anyone can produce like they did five years ago suddenly, it would be Rollins.
The downer seasons that Utley has been having lately aren't all that bad actually. He will still get a handful of home runs and around 70 or so RBI this season which is pretty good for a second baseman. He was more productive than that at one time but he is still quite good at the position and hitting as a whole.
Howard really should have plenty of life left in his bat and his legs. The injuries he has been stuck with have really kept him down. Last season was another year when he was probably going to come out from under it and have a comeback season. That didn't really happen though. Once again this year is being said by some as being the year he regains his former glory. We'll have to wait and see.
He could end up leading the team in strikeouts and home runs. Brown will not hit for a high average but he will likely be their best home run hitter. At the end of the season he would have to do more than he probably will do to help them be contenders however.
Byrd was a big pickup for the Phillies. His impact is going to be felt in all likelihood but he is not really a season changer. If he, Howard and Brown all three have career years, then we will have something to talk about.
Every team needs a solid catcher. If the Phillies have any chance to give the Braves and Nationals a headache it will have to start with their pitching staff. That means having a good catcher in all facets of the game is important. Re-signing Ruiz made that a reality for the Phillies and it was a very good move.
Not many people expect Asche to do a whole lot. He could surprise a few experts but he will have to really be amazing if he is going to do that. All in all he is someone that gives the Phillies a good third baseman who at least has the potential to be a solid offensive contributor.
This guy right here is the best player on this team. He can't hit a lick but every fifth day the other team will have to put their best pitcher out there if they hope to have a chance to beat the Phillies. That won't get them a winning season but it most certainly is true and is something that everyone in MLB respects.
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