Five takeaways from Phillies opening series against Braves

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 32: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a first inning single to knock in a run against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on March 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 32: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a first inning single to knock in a run against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on March 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 30: Carlos Santana #41 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with his teammates after beating the Atlanta Braves in eleven innings at SunTrust Park on March 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /

This could still be a wild-card team

Don’t give up just yet. Yes, these games looked very unconvincing but the potential is still there. If Kapler does not attempt to prove he is the smartest man in the room in game one the Phillies would be 2-1.

More from That Balls Outta Here

Every series prior to a loaded June will be crucial for this team to get above .500. This upcoming series against the Mets will be important and if they can win the series we could be looking at a 5-3 team welcoming one of the top Pitchers in baseball one week from today. The offense has looked solid and the pitching staff has been slammed with injuries. Once Arrieta, Eickhoff, Neshek and Hunter return this could be poised for a playoff push.

Yes, the season did not start well. Yes, Kapler looks unprepared. Yes, it looks like Aaron Nola and four guys who can hopefully try to eat up five innings. But don’t forget. It’s been three games. We still have 159 games to get 84-86 more wins, which could be enough for a Wild Card berth.

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The season’s far from over. I still believe this will be a very good year. But if you are a completely depressed fan. Don’t forget, April 8 is coming.

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