2 Lingering Concerns For The Phillies Heading Into 2023


Manager Rob Thomson #59 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during batting practice ahead of Game Four of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 02, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The Philadelphia Phillies are going all-in to win the World Series in 2023.

After coming two games short last season, they have reloaded their roster and looked like one of the best on paper.

But, they still have a few holes they need to fill.

They already addressed shortstop by adding Trea Turner and starting pitching with Taijuan Walker.

But, here are two lingering concerns that could be the Achilles heel for the Phillies in 2023.


1. Bullpen Depth

The Phillies have had bullpen struggles over the past few seasons.

Even though their bullpen was solid during their playoff run last season.

They need to add more depth.

One bullpen arm the Phillies have already added is Matt Strahm.

He is another lefty that can help out next to Jose Alvarado.

But, the Phillies just lost David Robertson to their rival, New York Mets.

So, adding another quality arm or two in the bullpen should be at the top of the Phillies’ priority list.


2. What Will CF/DH Look Like?

Unfortunately for the Phillies, Bryce Harper is expected to miss the start of the season after offseason elbow surgery.

So finding someone that can help replace Harper’s production is a must.

Harper was arguably the best designated hitter in the MLB last year.

Replacing him will be very difficult, but he missed plenty of time last year too with a broken thumb.

Plenty of eyes will be on Nick Castellanos and how he responds after a down year.

Also, the Phillies need more production from their center fielders.

Brandon Marsh and Matt Vierling seem to be in a platoon in that spot, at least to start the year.

But, one of them will need to play a significant role on offense.

If the Phillies can get that, this might become the most dangerous lineup in baseball.


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