MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers: Are Phillies Set to Win World Series?
The Philadelphia Phillies made a splash at the MLB trade deadline when they acquired Hunter Pence from the Houston Astros.
They're one of the big winners at this year's trade deadline because even though they were already considered the best team in baseball, they went out and got even better.
The Phillies are now in prime position to make a World Series run, and their chances of winning it all are very high. Philadelphia was the preseason favorite after the offseason addition of Cliff Lee, and now with the mid-season acquisition of Pence, this team is going to be extremely difficult to beat now and in the playoffs.
Hunter Pence fixes the Phillies biggest weakness, and if he keeps playing well down the stretch then nobody will catch the Phillies.
Right field was the only offensive position the Phillies needed an upgrade at, and by landing Pence they get a young guy who fits in well with their ball club for many years to come.
The 28-year-old outfielder is currently hitting .306 with 11 home runs and 63 RBI. No longer does Pence have to be the main man on the team, which should do wonders for him.
The Astros were a struggling franchise, and Pence was their best player. Now he is on a team where he can just play ball and leave his worries behind.
Even though the Phillies trade for him and believe he is their missing link to a World Series title, there isn't a lot of pressure on him because of the talented roster the Phillies already have.
Philadelphia will once again have a tough meeting with the San Francisco Giants in the postseason, but the addition of Pence teamed up with Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and all the other talented offensive players on their roster will be too much for the reigning World Series champs to handle.
Say hello to a Phillies World Series appearance because landing Pence was their ticket to playing in October.
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