I can’t tell you how excited I am that the calendar has flipped to the month of April.
Is it because I love spring, and April is the quintessential spring month? No. Spring is overrated. Most springs, it stays cold for too long, then you get a few nice days intermixed with seemingly endless rain showers, and then suddenly it’s too hot. Stupid spring.
No, I can’t wait for April because it’s the beginning of baseball season.
Yes, I know baseball is an old people sport. Many of my “friends” call me an old man at 25 due to my aversion to new technology and fads and hatred of modern pop radio, so I guess my love of baseball fits in with that trend.
But I’m betting I’m not the only Philadelphia Phillies fan in the area—so to all my fellow Good People (i.e., Phillies fans) I’m dedicating my first blog post to my predictions for the upcoming Phillies season.
I’ll kill the suspense: I’m going “all in” with this team—sort of. I’m predicting an 88-74 season, 2nd place in the National League Eastern division, and a playoff birth in the second and final wild card spot.
Many fans were disappointed that the Phillies failed to make any blockbuster signings this off-season after last year’s disappointing 81-81 campaign. But the team did fill two major holes: they traded for centerfielder Ben Revere—an exciting young speedster who should inject some life into an otherwise slow, old team—and premiere set-up pitcher Mike Adams.
But the main reason I’m picking this team to finish better than the Bovada over/under of 83.5 wins is that, with the exception of pitcher Roy Halladay, the team appears to be healthy this year. Players like second baseman Chase Utley, first baseman Ryan Howard and third baseman Michael Young aren’t what they used to be, but they’ll be better than the assortment of mediocre miscreants that filled the Phils roster throughout the injury-plagued 2012 season.
Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals are clearly the best team in the East and should win the division by at least ten games.
I’ll go into more detail about the Phillies—and other Philly sports—as the year progresses. But for now, I want to hear your predictions.
How do you think the Phils will fare in 2013?