2019 Philadelphia Phillies Season Preview and Betting Picks

by | Mar 23, 2019 | Baseball

2019 Philadelphia Phillies

Owner – John Middleton

General Manager –  Matt Klentak

Manager –  Gabe Kapler

Stadium Venue:  Citizens Bank Park

Location: Philadelphia, PA

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When it comes to teams staying active and busy in the offseason, none were busier than the Philadelphia Phillies.  

The Phillies have stacked the deck against the rest of the teams in the National League but will they have enough to get this team back to the World Series?  

Only time will tell but fans in the City of Brotherly Love must be excited with their new acquisitions and their hope for the future with the Philadelphia Phillies!

2019 Philadelphia Phillies Management

The Phillies are led by second-year Manager Gabe Kapler. Kapler took over this team at the conclusion of the 2017 season and will be entering his 2nd full season with the Phillies.  

In his first year in Phily, the Phillies went 2 games under .500, with a record of 80-82.  The Phillies were not truly expecting a World Series run in his first year however with the amount of money they have spent in this offseason, you better believe that this team will be expected to improve not only in 2019 but also for many years to come.   

2018 Philadelphia Phillies Recap

2018 was the first season that the Phillies were anchored by new Manager Gabe Kapler.  Kapler and the Philadelphia Phillies went from being a 66 win team in 2017 to a 80 win team in 2018.  Needless to say, there were great improvements made to the team.

The Phillies ended up in 3rd place in the National League East Division. They had a record of 80-82 overall and were 10 games back of the NL East winning Atlanta Braves for the top spot in the division.  

The Phillies may not have had the best record in baseball but they were very tough to beat when they were playing at home, at Citizens Bank Park.  The Phillies were 49-32 at home last year compared to a record of 31-50 while they were on the road.

Philadelphia Phillies Offseason Signings and Departures

The biggest signing on the Philadelphia Phillies and maybe even all of baseball was Bryce Harper. The Phillies opened up their bank accounts and locked Harper up with a contract for 13 years and $330-million dollars.  Harper is expected to be the franchise player that Philly has been lacking over the past few years.

Harper will join JT Realmuto, who the Phillies traded for in a 4-player deal. Realmuto has shown signs of being one of the most potent offensive catchers in the game in recent years and the Phillies are hoping that by bringing him on board, he will be able to be an everyday catcher who will hit for an average.  

Jean Segura is another signing that the Phillies made. Segura has battled injuries throughout his career but when he is healthy, he is very dependable at the plate, as well as in the infield.

Finally, the Phillies signed veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen to be their everyday outfielder. It is interesting to see where the Phillies place him in the lineup.  I currently have him batting 6th but it may end up with McCutchen leading off due to his experience and speed on the bases.

  • Mar 21, 2019 Drew Butera C Released
  • Mar 21, 2019 Jeremy Bleich SP Released
  • Mar 21, 2019 Trevor Plouffe 3B Released
  • Mar 21, 2019 Edward Paredes Released
  • Mar 21, 2019 Gregorio Petit 2B Released
  • Mar 2, 2019 Bryce Harper RF Signed as Free Agent
  • Feb 13, 2019 Aaron Nola SP Signed
  • Feb 7, 2019 J.T. Realmuto C Traded From Miami (for C Jorge Alfaro, four-player deal)
  • Jan 11, 2019 Maikel Franco 3B Signed  
  • Jan 11, 2019 Vince Velasquez RP Signed
  • Jan 11, 2019 Cesar Hernandez 2B Signed  
  • Jan 11, 2019 Adam Morgan SP Signed  
  • Jan 11, 2019 Will Middlebrooks 3B Retired
  • Jan 11, 2019 Aaron Altherr LF Signed  
  • Jan 11, 2019 Jose Alvarez RP Signed  
  • Jan 10, 2019 Jerad Eickhoff SP Signed  
  • Jan 10, 2019 Hector Neris RP Signed  
  • Jan 3, 2019 David Robertson RP Signed as Free Agent  
  • Dec 12, 2018 Andrew McCutchen CF Signed as Free Agent  
  • Dec 6, 2018 Jose Alvarez RP Traded From Los Angeles (for RHP Luis Garcia)
  • Dec 3, 2018 Juan Nicasio RP Traded From Seattle (for 1B Carlos Santana, five-player deal)
  • Dec 3, 2018 James Pazos RP Traded From Seattle (for 1B Carlos Santana, five-player deal)
  • Dec 3, 2018 Jean Segura SS Traded From Seattle (for 1B Carlos Santana, five-player deal)
  • Nov 30, 2018 Justin Bour 1B Not Offered Contract and Became Free Agent (non-tendered)
  • Nov 30, 2018 Luis Avilan RP Not Offered Contract and Became Free Agent (non-tendered)
  • Nov 2, 2018 Pedro Florimon SS Refused Minor League Assignment – Free Agent
  • Nov 2, 2018 Jesmuel Valentin 2B Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Pedro Beato RP Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Ryan Goins 2B Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Collin Cowgill RF Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Danny Ortiz LF Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Matt McBride 1B Declared Free Agency
  • Nov 2, 2018 Will Middlebrooks 3B Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Aaron Loup RP Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Asdrubal Cabrera 2B Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Wilson Ramos C Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Jose Bautista LF Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 4, 2018 Trevor Plouffe 3B Declared Free Agency
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2019 Philadelphia Phillies Projected Lineup

The Phillies have one of the most interesting lineups in the National League.  They have a million ways they can change this lineup around but I think what we are looking at below is their best option for scoring runs.

Many people believe that Harper may get moved into the 2 hole but I still believe that he is a batter that needs to be hitting 3rd in the lineup.  With Hernandez and Segura in front of him, it will provide him with ample opportunity to drive in runs and stockpile those RBI’s.

This lineup is strong from top to bottom. Legitimately, they have hitters that can hit for average and power from 1 thru 8.  

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Jean Segura – SS
  3. Bryce Harper – OF
  4. Rhys Hoskins – 1B
  5. JT Realmuto – C
  6. Andrew McCutchen – OF
  7. Odubel Herrera – OF
  8. Maikel Franco – 3B

2019 Philadelphia Phillies Pitching Staff

The concern of the Philadelphia Phillies is without a doubt the pitching staff.  This rotation is by far the weakness on the team. They have Aaron Nola as the ace and an aging Jake Arrieta as the 2-hole pitcher.  

The Phillies would do themselves a benefit by going out and trading for a big name, powerhouse pitcher that can compete for 15-20 wins.  With those type of numbers, this team would go from mid-way contender to a all out World Series favorite in the National League.

  • Aaron Nola – R
  • Jake Arrieta – R
  • Zach Eflin – R
  • Nick Pivetta – R
  • Vince Velasquez – R

2019 Philadelphia Phillies Outlook and Betting Preview

As soon as the Phillies signed Harper, their odds went down.  Naturally, it happens but what people are forgetting to look at is the fact that they simply don’t have the pitching to be competitive and to win a World Series.  

MyBookie has the Philadelphia Phillies listed at +1000 to win the World Series and +500 to win the National League Pennant. They have also made the Phillies the favorite to win the National League East Division at +230.

Until they can prove that this pitching rotation can carry the load, I will be passing on the Phillies.  I just don’t think they have what it takes to be World Series Champions with this pitching staff. I agree with the mass media that this offense is going to be potent but we have seen time and time again, to win in October, you must have pitching.  

Be sure you check out the 2019 MLB Season Preview and Betting Guide to see more team previews and an overall outline on the 2019 MLB Season. 

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