Philadelphia Phillies: 10 Ways They Will Make Up for Jayson Werth’s Production
Philadelphia Phillies fans were devastated when they heard the news of Jayson Werth's departure to the Washington Nationals, especially considering it was so sudden.
It was also shocking to see our everyday right fielder sign to a team within our own division.
Well, like normal, Philadelphia fans panicked immediately, just like every time when something like this happens.
It's hard to admit, but as a Phillies fan myself, it's true.
But let me be the first to tell you that there isn't too much to worry about.
Yeah, we lost our right fielder, but that's why we have young prospects to take his place.
Not only that, but it will also make every other player know that they lost something valuable and they must step up their game in place of it.
Without further ado, the 10 ways the Phillies can make up for the loss of Werth.
10. Jimmy Rollins Is Fully Healthy
The 2010 MLB season was the first season where Gold Glove shortstop Jimmy Rollins did not start more than 135 games.
Instead, he started 88 games due to a wrist injury.
Through the long span without him, the Phillies certainly missed his fielding presence.
Entering this season, Rollins will be 100 percent healthy and a vital part of the infield.
9. Chase Utley Is Fully Healthy
Unlike Rollins, Chase Utley was able to eclipse playing 100 games (115), but still missed 47 games because of a thumb injury.
Although he played over 100 games, his thumb injury definitely effected the way he played.
In fact, last season was the first time since 2005 he did not win a Silver Slugger Award (even though he deserved one that year). Last year was one of his worst statistical seasons of his career.
In the upcoming season, Utley will be sure to have a comeback year and hopefully will win his first Gold Glove.
He has been a great fielder and hitter in the past for the Phillies and will be a huge part in making up for the loss of Werth.
8. Ryan Howard Is Guaranteed to Rebound
Many Philadelphia fans have been complaining that former MVP Ryan Howard was overpaid. It's a fair argument, but we have to see the way he performs this year.
Last season wasn't Howard's best and it was also the first time since his rookie season he did not surpass 40 home runs.
Many other people also say he cannot hit for average and he's pretty much a home-run-or-strikeout guy.
All of these complaints will force Howard to do better. Think of it as him "showing up" the fans and saying, "Yeah, I deserve that money!"
Howard is due to have a rebound year and I have faith in him.
He has been consistent in every category besides batting average and I am sure it will be the one major thing he will focus on this offseason.
Howard will always find himself in the MVP race and have himself a red-hot September.
Don't be surprised if you see the three-time All-Star have another MVP year.
7. The Emergence of Carlos Ruiz
An unsung hero for the Philadelphia Phillies and an untalked-about catcher in Major League Baseball is Carlos Ruiz.
I do not know how many times he has showed up clutch for the Phillies and how many times I have shouted:
It's amazing and also scary how good he can be, but what's even more amazing is that he is rarely talked about.
He may not have hit home runs, or drive in a ton of runs, but he did hit .302. Not to mention he is one of the best defensive catchers in today's game.
And he's something else that stats don't show. I said it once and I'll say it again:
If it's Game 7 of the World Series and the Phillies are down one run with a runner in scoring position and I have to pick one player to drive that guy home, I'm picking Ruiz.
6. Dominic Brown Will Be More Comfortable
One of the biggest questions that has risen from the departure of Werth is whether young prospect Dominic Brown can handle the full-time job.
We witnessed a small preview of the 23-year-old as he appeared in 35 games last season and three games in the postseason.
He obviously did not record good statistics because he played just 35 games. Even when he went into game, is was most of the time to pinch hit.
In baseball, it's all about hot streaks.
Well, it's clear to me that Brown never had a big enough span of time to develop one.
Therefore, we shouldn't question him just yet.
To be honest, I think Brown will rise up to his high expectations and flourish in right field. Brown has many tools that will help the Phillies succeed.
I feel like we just have to throw him in there and see how he does.
Now let's say my prediction is wrong and we see he is not doing well, what do we do?
We can simply start Ben Francisco at right field.
I think it's a win-win situation.
5. Roy Oswalt Will Be Here for a Whole Season
In late July 2010, the Phillies acquired right-hander Roy Oswalt.
He was clearly a huge help for us during the playoffs. Heck, he proved he could play left field!
Oswalt is a proven, experienced stud pitcher who can wreck batters in the majors.
Last season, we only had him for half a season. If we thought what he did then was good, we are in for something big in having for a full year.
There will be much more to come for Oswalt. He will improve our team's record and give us higher chances at World Series hopes coming true.
The 33-year-old pitcher has lost in a World Series twice and is hungry to win one this year.
Everyone is talking about Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but don't forget about Oswalt.
He may sneak into the Cy Young voting.
4. The Addition of Cliff Lee
Now for the major story.
When I first heard the news, I couldn't believe it and it still hasn't hit me yet that we have him.
The addition of Lee to the lineup just makes the pitching staff much more dynamic, intimidating and threatening.
Lee was a great pitcher for the Phillies two years back and loves the city of Philadelphia.
He led us into the World Series in 2009 and seeks to do it again with the help of Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels.
I just have one thing to say to Philadelphia fans:
Please stop making this a huge deal. I know it is a huge deal and it's hard to stop talking about it, but we really don't want this to end up like the Miami Heat.
3. Coming Off a Bitter Taste
In the past three seasons, the Phillies have made it to the NLCS, qualified for the World Series twice, and came out victorious once.
After a disappointing loss to the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 NLCS, the Phillies will be entering this upcoming season with a chip on their shoulder.
This will be the second year in a row where they didn't completely follow through with expectations and they are looking to change that.
The first thing they will do is put the past behind them and focus on this season.
The Phillies have pulled some huge stunts behind the scenes by miraculously getting Cliff Lee and making some small key adjustments to our bullpen.
There will definitely be more to come from the Phillies this season.
2. Jayson Werth Was a Bit Overrated
Most of my family and close friends think I hate the guy, but I don't.
I just hated the fact that he was overrated by Phillies fans.
Everyone seemed to think he was a great right fielder who had no flaws.
Well, I didn't think so.
The fans remember a diving catch he made, but they will never remember a bonehead play where he dropped a ball in the outfield which resulted in a run for the other team.
Every year he always had that one-to-two-month slump that nobody cared to acknowledge.
He was a very streaky player.
Also, if there were so many fans who hated Pat Burrell, why did so many love Werth?
They are the exact same player, except Werth is faster and a better fielder.
Most people started to panic about losing Werth and how we won't be a better team. To be completely honest, I am perfectly fine with starting Brown or Francisco in right field.
The loss of Werth won't be as harmful as people may think it is, which is the main reason I am making this slideshow.
We'll be just fine without him.
1. We Came Close With These Problems
The Phillies have always been a top contender in Major League Baseball. They have especially dominated their division by winning the NL East the past four years.
They have come incredibly close to making a dynasty without all of these things. It's clear that the pros outweigh the cons.
Just imagine what they can do with these key things.
The Phillies are entering a season full of potential.
The pitching staff, the healthy starting lineup, and the adrenaline kicking in because the long wait til' opening day of the 2011 season.
This season will be a huge one for the Phillies.
It's a year to redeem themselves, establish themselves among baseball's best, and of course, bring home another World Series.