Morning Phil Up – 3/6/2014 – The Early Schedule, Kevin Frandsen, and Outfield Depth
By Mike Lacy
Feb 27, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Kevin Frandsen throws to first against the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring training exhibition game at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
A few Phillies links dealing with the early schedule, reasons for optimism, Kevin Frandsen, and outfield depth:
The Good Phight – Phillies Early Strength of Schedule Key to Success
It can be difficult to gauge just how difficult a team’s schedule is before the season begins, but it certainly seems that the Phillies have a manageable early Phillies schedule in 2014. If the team is going to surprise most pundits and return to contention, they’ll need to get off to a strong start before the schedule becomes more difficult in the second half.
Phillies Nation – Hey Phillies Fan, Have Some Optimism
Most Phillies fans are pessimistic about the 2014 season. But there are some reasons for optimism: A.J. Burnett gives the Phillies an impressive top three in their rotation, Dom Brown looks poised for a breakthrough season, and the broadcast team should make watching the games more entertaining no matter how good the team is.
Rant Sports – Kevin Frandsen Making Case for Roster Spot
It’s still early in Spring Training, but utility infielder Kevin Frandsen is off to a good start, and is making a strong case for one of the Phillies’ open bench spots. Frandsen had a slightly disappointing season in 2013, but with an unproven commodity like Cody Asche set to start at third base, it might be a good idea to have another decent option like Frandsen on hand.
Crashburn Alley – Has the Phillies’ Outfield Depth Improved?
The Phillies did not have good outfield depth in 2013. This resulted in the likes of Delmon Young, Laynce Nix, and Casper Wells seeing significant playing time. The addition of Marlon Byrd alone should improve matters, but there is still a concern if any of the starters have to miss any amount of time.