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Word, if Mickey Moniak catches fire, is Obdubel number three in center field? Will Joe Girardi go with Matt Vierling or Moniak on Center Field’s opening day?
I still believe the plan for center field is a platoon. With the recent trade of Sean Manee by Oakland Athletics, Frankie Montas will start the opening day. Montas is a right-handed pitcher, so I think we’ll see Mickey Moniac In the center.
Whether Moniak sticks around will likely be determined by the quality of his play during this apparent opportunity.
That doesn’t mean Herrera won’t have the opportunity once healthy. The Phillies could decide if they have something there before cutting it. Yes Matt Vierling doesn’t produce, they could possibly leave the field and have a left-handed replacement in center field.
One thing I think is clear, though: The Phillies as they are built now don’t have room for three center backs. Vierling can be optional. Alec Bohm could possibly be an option. We’ll have to see how that plays out.
Hey Frank, do you think the Phillies would be willing to make a deal with another starter like Frankie Montas of the A’s, and use Ranger Suárez as a Swiss army knife thrower who can throw in high leverage situations or start according to the needs of the team. deeper in the season?
I think the Phillies would like to have someone like Frankie Montas in their starting rotation. But many other teams would do it too. If there is a deal to be made, the trade will be with the team that has something to offer.
I can’t stop hearing Alec Bohm name thrown in as someone the Phillies could trade for the Athletics. However, that doesn’t mean Alec Bohm would be close enough to what Athletics need for Montas.
Montas still has two years of control: this season and the next. Either now or at the trade deadline, it could be a very attractive coin for a competitor willing to trade prospects. Unfortunately, the Phillies: They just don’t have a pitcher beyond Mick Abel and André Painter, who they’re going to need down the line.
Pretty basic… are we FINALLY going to get a playoff spot? I survived the Ed Wade era. I can not stand it anymore.
Ron, I think you’re finally going to get it. The Phillies have not exceeded the competitive balance tax for not trying to win this year. The reasoning is quite simple: Bryce Harper, Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and JT Realmuto are all at their peak, and if you don’t win now, then when?
Therefore, I think I can see the Phillies being aggressive at the July 31 trade deadline to get the reinforcements they need to get them through the cracks.
The extra playoff berths are also helpful. The Phillies should be improved from their 82 win total last season, which would have been enough for the playoffs at the time. If they win 87 or 88 games, which is within the realm of possibility, I think they can hang on and make the playoffs.
But, as seen with the Mets and Jacob of Grom, injuries can quickly derail a team. So let’s hope for good health.