On Episode 25 of “Continued Success,” hosts Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher discuss which one position player they would keep from the current Phillies for next year, and whether general manager Matt Klentak added too many veteran players at the trade deadline. They also recount how the 2008 Phillies struggled with some NL East teams, too, how the 1993 Phillies touted the strength of their “garbage time” middle relievers, and why the 2018 Mariners are the sister team to this season’s flawed Phils squad.
When the 2018 season began, the Phillies were supposed to a young, hungry team that, while adding a couple big-name veterans in Jake Arrieta and Carlos Santana, focused on developing talent with the hopes of maybe competing for a wild card spot while at the same time determining just what they had in some of the former top prospects.
We were supposed to see a lot of J.P. Crawford, Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams, Scott Kingery, Rhys Hoskins and Jorge Alfaro. And, while we have seen a lot of Hoskins and Williams (both of whom have had decent, if unspectacular seasons), and Kingery and Alfaro (some good, more bad), we haven’t seen much of Crawford (due to injuries) and Altherr (who was simply miserable).
Because of poor production by many of the younger players, general manager Matt Klentak went out traded for some veteran bats to try and improve the offense. He got Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilson Ramos, Jose Bautista and Justin Bour, all of whom it was hoped would improve the Phils’ offensive production.
Unfortunately, the influx of veterans hasn’t helped. It was a valiant effort, as all of these moves cost the Phillies nothing in prospect capital, and it was clear the offense needed help any way they could get it. However, as a consequence, while younger players like Roman Quinn and Williams continue to get at-bats, players like Crawford and Kingery are on the bench.
On the latest episode of “Continued Success,” Justin & Liz talk about the facelift the Phillies have undergone and the fact they look so different now than we thought they would look when the season began back in April.
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