Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 4/1/13
The obituary for the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies has already been written by many baseball experts. Across baseball the prediction is that Charlie Manual’s aging team will win 84 games, land in third place, and miss the playoffs. Many of us who were in Clearwater and watched this team day in and day out believe that this team is better than that, but in order to prove it, they will need to get off to a fast start. The Phillies open the regular season tonight in Atlanta. The Braves have been picked to finish ahead of the Phillies by many. Winning two out of three games at Turner Field will make a very early statement and give this team a boost before coming home to face the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets. The Phillies will also need to take care of business in these series and win them both. While the Royals are improved, there is no excuse for the Phillies to not win their home opener series and certainly no excuses to not beat a dismal Mets team. If the Phillies can get to the...
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