Thursday, March 27, 2014

Phils gear up for On-Deck Series

The Beer will be cold, the hot dogs hot on Friday night at CBP, but will this Phillies team have success in 2014 when it counts

Spring Training in Florida is over for the Phillies and now it's on to Philadelphia for two games with the Pirates for the On-Deck series that a lot of fans get an early look at the team.

The Phillies team that will be on the field on Friday night has taken some dramatic changes in the past couple days as a few players that we thought would be with the team at the start of the season will not be with them.

Kevin Frandsen was expected to be on the team off the bench for the Phils, but he was demoted and refused the assignment down to the minors and promptly announced that he would seek another team. That other team is the Washington Nationals who quickly signed Frandsen to a deal that he had with the Phillies, a 1 year contract for $900K. Frandsen was good insurance for the Phillies if they had an injury at the corners this year, first and third base. Now, he is not an option.

Bobby Abreu was given a chance to make this Phillies team, he too was battling for a bench spot. Abreu didn't disappoint, he hit 3 doubles, 1 triple, and had 10 BB and chipped in 10 RBI with only 6 SO for the Phillies, but somehow, that was not enough. Should have Abreu made this team with those numbers and being so hot in the Winter League last year. He should have made this club as well with the numbers he put up, but didn't.

A lot of Phillies moves lately aren't adding up.

What added up for the Phillies in a bad way has been their Spring winning percentage, at present they are the worst team in the MLB on a winning percentage basis. The team is 9-17 with a .346 WP, the Boston Red Sox are just above them with a WP of .360 so far. The Phillies can still try to avoid being the worst team in the league by winning the two games against Pittsburgh that will be played on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Maybe the pundits are right about this Phillies team, they've predicted the team to be one of the worst teams in baseball this year. ESPN had the Phillies finishing 29th of 30 teams. We can't really count Spring but plenty of Phillies fans are nervous that things just aren't right with this team anymore.

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