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5 things that could go right/wrong for Phillies

Posted by Eric Fisher On March 28

There are many variables which could determine how successful the Phillies will be this season. The following are five things that could go right … or wrong.

5 things that could go right

1. Bryce Harper lives up to the hype. Harper hits 35 home runs, drives in more than 100 runs and makes everyone around him in the lineup better.

2. Jake Arrieta bounces back from last season’s 10-11 record and functions as a solid No. 2 starter behind Aaron Nola.

3. Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez become reliable pitchers.

4. Relievers in the bullpen settle into their roles, making leads safe in the later innings.

5. Gabe Kapler commands the respect of his veterans and resists the urge to overmanage.

5 things that could go wrong

1. Bryce Harper demonstrates that his fellow players were correct when they overwhelmingly voted him the most overrated player in Major League Baseball.

2. Jake Arrieta continues his patter of decline since winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2015.

3. Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez see their ERAs continue to soar above 4.00, leaving the Phillies without enough quality depth in the rotation to win a playoff series.

4. Relievers are shuffled around the bullpen, and no reliable closer emerges.

5. Gabe Kapler’s unorthodox approach rubs some of the newly arrived veterans the wrong way, which prevents the Phillies from reaching their potential.

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