Philadelphia Phillies: Michael Jordan’s Secret Stuff
The Phillies have been a very good team for most of the Twenty-first century. For the past three seasons, however, the Phillies have lost a total of 277 games while failing to finish higher than fourth place in the NL East.
Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, two key pieces in the past success of the team, have not been properly replaced. Their young outfield is unproven and first baseman Ryan Howard has failed to live up to the expectations that earned him a five-year, $125 million contract. Their pitching staff is sub-par and the team is, to put it bluntly, a mess.
The Phillies just don’t have it anymore. They need a spark and, unless their young players step it up and exceed expectations, it is unclear where that spark will come from. There are some young pieces in place, like Odubel Herrera, Aaron Nola, and Maikel Franco. The Phillies got some great prospects back for Ken Giles, including Vincent Velasquez, who should bring 95 mph heat to the rotation next year. Whether or not all these parts will add up to a contender, however, remains to be seen.
If you’ve seen the movie Space Jam with Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes, then you don’t need an explanation here. If you have not seen Space Jam, drop what you’re doing and go watch Space Jam.
Santa, the Phillies are leaving you a nice tall glass of milk and a plate of delicious cookies. The least you can do is replace them with a bottle of Michael’s Secret Stuff.