Opening Day at Veterans Stadium, 1971. Photo credit: Phillies.com
It is here. It is finally here. Today is baseball's Opening Day.
All but two teams will begin their long, hopefully journey through October today, meaning the slate is now officially clean for everybody. The Phillies begin this season looking to return to the postseason after seeing their five-year postseason streak snapped in 2012. The five-time defending NL East champions were dethroned by the Washington Nationals and the wild card entrant Atlanta Braves. This season the Phillies are widely expected to be the third team in the running again as the Nationals continue to build around a promising nucleus and the Braves made some nice off-season roster moves.
Will 2013 be a year that sees the Phillies continue to fall back as key players grow another year older, or is there enough in the tank to make a run back to the top of the division to play some October baseball?
As the season opens up today I have a sense the Phillies will be good enough, if healthy, to at least stay in the running from start to finish but I am far from convinced this is a team that should be a favorite for a playoff spot. That said, on Opening Day I tend to be as optimistic as anyone and can spend a few moments envisioning all of the positives that could happen this season.no comments