The 2012 season was a difficult one for the Philadelphia Phillies, but if some of their key contributors can step up their game, this season could find the Phillies right back on track.
Not having superstars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley for a long period is a big reason why the Phillies struggled. When those two returned, however, they just could not produce the way that Philly fans have grown accustomed to.
After an offseason in which the Phillies made some interesting moves, the team will look to improve from its 81–81 record last season.
For that to happen, some of the most important pieces to this squad need to put forth drastically improved performances in 2013. The Phillies absolutely need some players to step up this coming season.