MLB Spring Training: Wild Philadelphia Phillies Predictions

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2011

MLB Spring Training: Wild Philadelphia Phillies Predictions

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    CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  A new on-deck mat celebrates the Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series Championship as spring training play begins against the Toronto Blue Jays February 26, 2009 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Al
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    As MLB Spring Training approaches, predictions are being thrown around like snowballs in winter.

    For the Phillies organization, losing a big offensive star in Jayson Werth was met with the arrival of pitching ace Cliff Lee.

    When the opportunity arose for me to make some wild predictions of my own for the upcoming season, I couldn’t resist.

    The following slideshow is my five wild predictions for the 2011 MLB season pertaining to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Domonic Brown

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Right fielder Domonic Brown #9 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats during a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 25, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 5-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Gett
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    With the departure of Jayson Werth, the Phillies are left with a gaping hole in the outfield.

    The Phillies' proposition to fill the spot vacated by Werth is to use a tandem of veteran Ben Franciso and highly-touted prospect Domonic Brown.

    If Brown can show the talent that he obviously posses in spring training, the Phillies will be forced to give him a starting job.

    These are my predicted numbers for Dom Brown’s 2011 season with the Phillies:

    Batting Average: .281

    Games: 129

    Home Runs: 26

    Runs Batted In: 94

    Runs: 87

    Stolen Bases: 21

5 All-Stars

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 20:  (L-R) Ben Francisco #10, Shane Victorino #8, Chase Utley #26, Carlos Ruiz #51 and Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies stand during the national anthem before Game Four of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs against t
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    The 2011 MLB All-Star game will be seen with a little more red in the action this season, as I predict five Philadelphia Phillies will be attending the festivities as part of the game.

    Phillies brass will have three pitchers that will attend; Halladay, Hamels and Lee will be in the All-Star game because of the 20 wins each they will obtain.

    Jimmy Rollins will thrive in his last season as a Phillie and Ryan Howard will have an MVP-type season, as well.

    2011 MLB All-Stars 

    Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels

110 Wins

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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 15: Pitcher Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies talks with the media while general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. watches during a press conference at Citizens Bank Park on December 15, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by
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    With all of the pitching talent on this team, it's not unfeasible to think that the Philadelphia Phillies could win 110 games.

    The Phillies starting rotation could be the best in the history of MLB and, with an offense bound for a bounce-back season, the Phillies look poised to win.

    The starting rotation could win 75 games alone—and if key players like Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley step up and give what they are capable of—the Phillies could easily win 110 games, and maybe more.

    Phillies 2011 Record: 110-52

Three 20-Game Winners

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 06:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the ninth inning during his no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on October 6, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Phillie
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    This feat will be the hardest of all of the wild predictions for the Phillies to complete.

    While their rotation is amazing, teams will be looking to bring their “A” game against the Phillies.

    I think all of the pitchers have a good chance to win 20 games, but the pitchers who will be facing the opposition's third and fourth starters will have the best chance to win 20 apiece.

    They all need a superb effort from the Phillies offense to be productive, but all the starters on this team can go a complete game and win almost by themselves.

    Roy Halladay: 21-3

    Cole Hamels: 20-6

    Cliff Lee: 26-5

2011 MLB World Series Champions

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 29:  The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate their 4-3 win against the Tampa Bay Rays during the continuation of game five of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 29, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by
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    I know it’s early to make brash statements like this, but there has never been a squad of players as talented as this 2011 Phillies team is on paper.

    Most of the team has been to the World Series before so experience won’t be an issue.  It’s safe to say the Phillies will be one of the calmest team in the playoffs.

    The offense will miss the production of Jayson Werth, but the truth is, if the Phillies get the production out of their star players that didn’t produce last season, they wont miss Werth at all.

    Phillies head coach Charlie Manuel knows his players and the buttons he has to push to keep them on the right track.

    With the stellar pitching, the big hitting numbers and the experience factor, the Philadelphia Phillies have to be the favorite going into the season.

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