2013 Philadelphia PhilliesSeason Preview:
Manager: Charlie Manuel (8th Season)
2012 Record: 81-81 (3rd In NL East)
Key Additions: P Aaron Cook, OF Delmon Young, OF Ben Revere
Key Losses: P Vance Worley, 3B Placido Polanco, 1B Ty Wigginton
2013 Outlook: The Philadelphia Phillies underachieved in 2012, and look to have a much more successful 2013. Philadelphia has one of the best starting rotations in baseball with Roy Halliday, Cole Hammels, Cliff Lee, and Kyle Kendrick. They also have one of the best closers in the game with Jonathan Papelbon. The pitching staff of the Phillies will keep them competitive in the very tough National League East.
The lineup is also formidable, with big bats in 1B Ryan Howard, 2B Chase Utley, 3B Michael Young, and RF Delmon Young. If SS Jimmie Rollins can bounce back from a weak 2012, he will be the X-Factor for Philadelphia. The addition of OF Ben Revere adds speed to compliment that of Rollins, and could make for an increase in run production.
Expect Philadelphia to have a much better season in 2013, and compete for the NL East crown. People are overlooking the Phillies with Washington and Atlanta making big offseason moves. Philadelphia is going to be better than some think, and could shock the world by winning a National League Pennant.