A team decimated by injuries and underachievement in 2012, the Philadelphia Phillies are looking to rebound and return to their winning ways in 2013.
The Phillies were one of the more unlikely storylines this season. Manager Charlie Manual had a surplus of talent and promising young players, but struggled to get the team to mesh through the first half.
At the all-star break this team looked to be down and out, trailing first place Washington by 14 games in the division with a record of 37-50. At the break in 2011, the Phillies were 56-33 with a comfortable lead in the NL East.
A dormant Phillies team was rejuvenated by the return of their three and four hitters within 10 days of each other.
With the return of Ryan Howard, who ruptured his Achilles during the final game of last year’s playoffs, and Chase Utley, who was nursing various knee injuries, the Phillies went on a tear.
Philadelphia went 44-31 after the all-star break. They jumped New York and Miami to end third in the division, avoiding a sub-.500 record by going 81-81.
If Charlie Manual would like to avoid taking his place on the coaching hot seat next season, the Phillies need to play up to their potential and avoid injury.
Here are five Philadelphia Phillies set to have significant rebounds in 2013.