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Phillies Disrespected by ESPN Opening Day Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Philadelphia Phillies are being disrespected by ESPN's Opening Day power rankings.
The Philadelphia Phillies are being disrespected by ESPN's Opening Day power rankings. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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The Philadelphia Phillies added a few power bats to the lineup and a couple of veteran arms to the bullpen this offseason. Every move was made in hopes of ending a decade-long playoff drought. Nevertheless, the Phillies continue to be disrespected by ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.

Philadelphia Phillies Power Rankings

The Phillies check in all the way down at No. 13 and trail six other National League squads. That includes two teams that finished with a sub-.500 record in 2021 (San Diego Padres & New York Mets). Philadelphia has built the depth of a top 10 team and seem poised to make some noise in 2022.

Of course, the Phillies' offseason was headlined by the additions of Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber in free agency. Both sluggers smacked at least 32 home runs last season. They now join reigning MVP Bryce Harper on an offense that averaged a healthy 4.53 runs per game (No. 12 in MLB).

Philadelphia is going to score a lot of runs, but the efforts on the mound will be what truly helps this team improve. Cy Young runner-up Zack Wheeler broke out last season by leading the league in strikeouts (247) and fellow starter Ranger Suarez posted a minuscule 1.36 ERA across 106.0 innings.

Free agent signings like Jeurys Familia and Brad Hand should help calm down a bullpen unit that has cursed the Phillies time and time again over the lat few years. Staying healthy in an NL East division already seeing a few major injuries would give Manager Joe Girarid's team a major advantage, too.

The Phillies are a team to watch out for and could end up surprising a lot of people this summer. For now, Philadelphia has odds set at +2500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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