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3 Bold Predictions for the Phillies 2022 Season

Devon Platana
Three bold predictions for the Philadelphia Phillies' 2022 MLB season.
Three bold predictions for the Philadelphia Phillies' 2022 MLB season. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The wait for meaningful baseball is nearly over with the Opening Day of the 2022 MLB season approaching in less than a week. One club that's looking to make a World Series run this year is none other than the Philadelphia Phillies.

It's been over a decade since the Phillies made it to the MLB postseason, leaving them to rely on 2021 National League MVP Bryce Harper and thew newly-added Nick Castellanos to help them get there.

In the meantime, here's a look at three bold predictions for the Phillies' 2022 MLB season.

Phillies Bold Predictions

1. Bryce Harper has Another MVP-Worthy Campaign

Bryce Harper's first two seasons with the Phillies didn't yield the accolades that fans expected, but that all changed last year. Harper recorded 35 home runs and 84 RBIs in 141 games last season while leading the league in slugging (.615) and OPS (.1044) en route to his second-ever NL MVP. Harper clearly found his stride in the second half of the season and the Phillies will be counting on him to carry it into 2022. He's still the club's leader and will be relied upon to have another MVP-caliber season. He's tied for the third-best 2022 NL MVP odds right now and considering how he's still in his prime, look for Harper to go on another major run.

2. Phillies Win the NL East Division

The Phillies are set to open the 2022 MLB season with +340 odds to win the NL East, trailing the Atlanta Braves (+125) and New York Mets (+200). Although Philadelphia's odds are still respectable, it could be argued that they could be better. Yes, the Braves are the defending World Series champions, but they lost Freddie Freeman in the offseason and although they replaced him with Matt Olson at first, it remains to be seen if he'll have the same impact. Meanwhile, Mets ace Jacob deGrom suffered another injury and it's unknown when he'll play. Given the uncertainties surrounding some of their rivals' top players, the door is wide open for the Phillies to make a run for the NL East title.

3. Aaron Nola Bounces Back in a Big Way

Expectations were high for Aaron Nola after finishing top-seven in Cy Young voting twice between 2018 and 2020. Unfortunately, he couldn't recapture that success last year, going 9-9 in 32 starts with his worst ERA (4.63) since 2016. Nevertheless, there were underlying things to like about his game. Nola averaged 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings while recording a career-best 1.9 walks per nine as well. The 28-year-old has proven in the past that he can be a Cy Young candidate and now that he's had an offseason to regroup, he has the opportunity to do it again.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.