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Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Bold Predictions About the 2012 Season
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The Philadelphia Phillies season is ready to open up Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and I feel it appropriate to make five bold, controversial statements about the upcoming season.

I've watched five spring training games in person, so I feel like I have a decent grasp on how certain players are feeling and the overall direction the team is headed in. 

Looking back at the offseason, the NL East got much stronger with the acquisitions Miami made and the return of Stephen Strasburg and the addition of Gio Gonzalez to the Nats rotation.

For the first time since 2008, the NL East has more than two teams fully capable of making runs at the division title, which should make this season that much more interesting with the Phillies missing key pieces. 

So, without further ado, here are my five bold predictions about the Philadelphia Phillies' 2012 season!

Read more of my work here.

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