Bryce Harper is Reviving Phillies Baseball

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Bryce Harper is Reviving Phillies Baseball

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Adil Parikh, Staff Writer

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Ever since MLB superstar right fielder Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies on February 28, for 13 years and $330 million, the pressure was immediately on.

Fans hope that Harper will try to revive the success that the team had during their glory years from 2008-2011, where the Phillies won a World Series Championship along with several division titles. The early results are showing that no amount of pressure is too much for Bryce Harper.

After rebuilding and being one of the worst teams in baseball over recent years, the Phillies finally showed some potential last year. Led by ace pitcher Aaron Nola, they nearly made the playoffs.

A September collapse eliminated them from being in the playoffs.

They came into this off-season knowing they were one big piece away from being serious contenders. Although it came later than most people expected, Bryce Harper finally made his decision to join the Phillies.

However it wasn’t just him.

The Phillies had by far the most successful off-season in the MLB. In addition to Harper, they signed former MVP outfielder Andrew McCutchen, traded for all-star shortstop Jean Segura, and signed arguably the best catcher in baseball, J.T Realmuto.

With all these new players along with known players Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco, and Rhys Hoskins, the Phillies have one of the most dangerous lineups in all of baseball.

It isn’t just the talent however; it’s the newfound energy that this team brings. This is why the Phillies have sold out four of their first six home games to start the year.

This isn’t just a good lineup on paper though; the results are actually showing through the first right games. The team is 6-2 and has only scored less than 5 runs twice. Bryce Harper is leading this offense by batting .385 with 3 home runs while Rhys Hoskins is also off to a hot start, leading the team with 13 RBIs.

What do you think South? Will the Phillies be able to make some noise in the post-season and capture the city’s second championship in as many years or are they still a year or two away?

 

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