81-81, mediocre. It was the lowest win total for the Philadelphia Phillies since an 80 win season in 2002. Spring Training is now only 22 days away, the first Spring Training game vs. the Houston Astros only 33 days away. Baseball is on the horizon, spring is coming!
It was a frustrating 2012 season for the Phillies and phans alike. The bitter taste of the 2011 playoffs lingered as Ryan Howard struggled to get back on the field and never quite looked like he was close to being healthy. The Chase Utley knee saga, Doc on the DL, a sputtering offense, a horrid bullpen. It was a season to forget and forget we will.
22 days! April 1st in Atlanta is in clear view, a new breath of life for Phillies phans is here. There's something special about seeing the Phillies take the field in Clearwater, Florida. The beautiful blue skies and palm trees in the background. Even in 30 degree weather back in Philadelphia you can just feel the warmth of baseball.
There's alot to be excited about for 2013. Some new faces in Ben Revere, Michael Young, and Mike Adams. Chase Utley's knees "appear" to be heatlhy and ready to go for spring, Howard is working towards 100% and Darin Babe Ruf is an exciting uknown.
This Phillies team, in my opinion, is still capable of winning 95 games, still capable of winning the NL East, and still capable of contending for a World Series. There are alot of things that have to fall into place for all of that to happen but the talent is there.
Here are 5 things that prove the 2013 Phillies will contend:
So 22 days away, February 12th is rapidly approaching, baseball is amost back!!