Phillies: 54-Game 2022 – Sports Talk Philly: Philadelphia Sports News and Rumors

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By Tal Venada, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

While many Philadelphia Phillies fans have given up or might be considering it, Dave Dombrowski, PBO (President of Baseball Operations), changed the direction of the dugout for many reasons, not just one. A necessary wrinkle!

Law of probabilities:

The Phillies are exactly at the helm of third for 22, but some are already eyeing football. For many, the team is beyond fixing and they expect the number of late double digits to increase. Admittedly, expectations played an outsized role without blame.

In other words:

“I always made an all-out effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never stopped trying; I never felt that I had no chance of winning. -Arnold Palmer

Some locals “checked in” on 2022 in mid-May, but could return if the franchise is within earshot of first place in the National League East. Therefore, they don’t plan to return until spring training, even though the club comes within four games of the New York Mets and are in the hunt for wildcards.

To reiterate, the expectations were sky high, which goes perfectly with deflecting blame. Honestly, Joe Girardi took the heat for a team-wide effort, and every man in the clubhouse knows it. But there were other reasons for Dombrowski’s so-called Hail Mary.

Even if you think Philly has no patience, you can’t claim this honor. No, it’s like that in New York and Boston too. In fact, New Yorkers may have more right to this distinction and blame, but not by much! Yeah, our closest neighbor to the north is famous for the Bronx Cheer.

A secondary reason is television attendance and ratings, as the revenue pays for the product in the field. Basically, the organization has competition from shore and other entertainment venues. And only the most devoted baseball fanatic will bear the heat and cost of a losing club.

The Phillies:

With a solid starter in every fight and an offensive nightmare for opposing pitchers, the defense just has to make regular plays even with Bryce Harper’s recovery. But he will be fresh down the stretch and in the playoffs. Yeah, the third joker doesn’t involve playing .600 ball either.

The Fightins have four strong back arms: Corey Knebel, Seranthony Dominguez, Brad Hand and Connor Brogdon. And since they don’t have room for a regular or a starter, they’ll want to bolster the bullpen with a reliever or two. Maybe a right bench batsman/outfielder would be worth it.

Because the Red Stripes have no one better than Bailey Falter, don’t expect a quick hook from the rotation for Ranger Suarez. Translation: He is the only left-hander, and he deserved this opportunity. Also, right-handers Mike Abel, 20, in Single-A Advanced and Andrew Painter, 19, in Single-A aren’t close to being ready for MLB.

Offensively, the Fightins have firepower ready to explode, but that doesn’t rule them out from meltdowns: no, these players are 1% rare, and they’re not guessing: they’re anticipating. April and May, however, are not good teammates for the sluggers.

Other factors:

For 22 Major League Baseball introduced humidifiers in all stadiums, not just in Arizona and Colorado. Unsurprisingly, circuits are down except for the total number of animals with a bat. But June through August trumps those wet baseballs, that is, hitting season.

And even though the leaders expected an offensive increase, they sent a message of urgency with the dismissal of Girardi. Basically, we are unhappy with your performance and demand immediate change. Now! And batting averages, home runs and RBIs with a few exceptions didn’t offer a solid argument.

With two months to prove they are worth spending up to $15 million extra for 22, the stars need to show they can triumph consistently by winning their next sets against easier opponents. Today, most major franchises in the market only exceed the first CBT (competitive equilibrium threshold) for consecutive summers max.

Dombrowski mentioned the schedule when introducing interim manager Rob Thomson, indicating its role in his decision-making. Basically, he didn’t want them sleepwalking into a softer part of 162. He wants them to go on a winning streak before July.

Phillies schedule from June 5 to June 30:









CREW

#

@

CREW

#

@

Arizona Diamonds

3

H

Milwaukee Brewers

3

A

Miami Marlins

3

H

San Diego Padres

4

A

Washington nationals

5

A

Atlanta Braves

3

H

Texas Rangers

2

A

TOTAL

13

TOTAL

ten

On the road, the Mets have three games apiece against the Los Angeles Padres and Angels, who will first want to bounce back at home against the Boston Red Sox. And, then, the Mets go home for three against the Brewers, but also have four games against the Houston Astros by the end of June. So the Phils could get seven outs.

The law of averages says the Phillies underperformed and the Metropolitans exceeded expectations. Therefore, there may be less space between them on July 1 than there is now. And picking up four games isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

Many loyal supporters are not very aware of the slots: there were to be 13 pitchers and 13 batters. However, the delayed campaign has resulted in some changes: 14 launchers now until June 19. And that means a three-man bench, including a backup receiver, plus the red pinstripes give a few rookies a chance.

While youth brings energy, victories lead to being loose and confident. So who or what is knocking on the clubhouse door for interim manager Thomson? Opportunity!

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