Friday, March 29, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, March 27, 2024 -- "Season Preview, Teams #6-4"


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The Phillies have finally put a full team around the star core. We know what Bryce Harper and Trea Turner and Zack Wheeler can do. Turner, who got off to that miserable start as a Phillie, still ended up with a three-win season, a 111 OPS+, and the most perfectest basestealing year ever (30 SB, 0 CS). He was a top-ten player in the NL in the second half and is my pick for NL MVP in 2024. Harper came back too quickly from Tommy John surgery and didn’t hit a single home run for nearly two months from late May to mid-July. In the season’s second half, he hit .296/.413/.583. We saw Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman take on Ronald Acuña Jr. and Matt Olson last year. Turner and Harper have that kind of upside together.