Phillies: Top 3 overreactions following sweep of Braves

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris celebrates with catcher J.T. Realmuto (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris celebrates with catcher J.T. Realmuto (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports) /
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Sweep! You heard that right, the Philadelphia Phillies began their season with a sweep against the Atlanta Braves — featuring excellent pitching, defense, and low-scoring victories.

This does not sound like the Phillies we are used to. Even if this feeling is weird, there are several positive thoughts to be had. Here are three, which very well may be overreactions at this early stage of the season.

1. The Phillies bullpen is … good.

While this might be a stretch to say, we can at the very least say the Phillies have a much better bullpen than last season. Hector Neris is back to being good, Jose Alvarado is a great power arm to a group that needed some upside, and Archie Bradley was a great solid get to help build their floor.

Dave Dombrowski deserves a lot of credit for this. While we haven’t seen some of the weaker arms in the bullpen yet — like David Hale, Sam Coonrod, Vince Velasquez, and Brandon Kintzler — it is still a good sign that we have some reliable arms to go to.

Joe Girardi clearly feels comfortable with the bullpen and isn’t “playing a guessing game” as to who can get a few outs at the end of the game.

Stats from just the last few games — comparing to the 2020 bullpen— are staggering:

The Phillies might have a legit good bullpen on their hands. We have to remember that they faced a great Braves lineup, too, with guys like Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, and Marcell Ozuna.