Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights
Clayton Kershaw wasn’t the only southpaw to get a late start to the 2014 season then go on to a solid campaign as Cole Hamels rewarded his patient owners with his fifth straight 200-inning season, sporting a career best 2.49 ERA. You know it was a tough year when the only other noteworthy highlight was the emergence of Ken Giles, a setup man and heir apparent to Jonathan Papelbon if the Phillies can find a taker for their veteran closer.
What Has Changed?
The face of the Phillies, Jimmy Rollins is now a Dodger leaving shortstop, at least for now, to Freddy Galvis. Marlon Byrd has flown the coop with Grady Sizemore tasked with staying healthy in his stead. Cliff Lee returns to lend some support to Hamels.
What to Expect:
To quote Clubber Lang, “Pain.” It’s going to be a long summer in the City of Brotherly Love and could get even longer if Hamels and Lee, not to mention Papelbon are traded for more future parts. The only Phillie to crack the top-100 fantasy list is Hamels. Next is Ben Revere, a speed specialist avoided by many feeling they can pick up steals later.
This Year’s Surprise:
The Phillies miraculously trade Ryan Howard, paving the way for Maikel Franco to receiver regular at bats at first base where he settles in and challenges for the league’s top rookie. Though, to be honest, finding a taker for Howard would be the bigger surprise.
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