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Phillies Nation 2015 Staff Predictions

With one game in the books, the Phillies Nation crew has a head start in predicting the 2015 season. Let’s see how the PN staff feels about the season ahead.

Pat Gallen, Editor in Chief

Phillies record: 65-97
NL Pennant: Dodgers
AL Pennant: Angels
WS Winner: Angels
Phillies story line to watch: Howard, Hamels, Papelbon all gone by midseason
MLB story line to watch: Blue Jays lose in 7 to LAA, Padres fall just short in NL, Mike Trout wins another MVP.

Corey Seidman

Phillies record: 59-103
NL Pennant: Dodgers
AL Pennant: Red Sox
WS Winner: Dodgers
Phillies story line: Can Domonic Brown prove he deserves to be an everyday player and a piece of the Phillies’ future?
MLB story line: How competitive will the Cubs and Astros be after years of futility?

Ian Riccaboni

Phillies record: 62-100
Predicted NL Winner: Miami
Predicted AL Winner: Seattle
Predicted World Series Winner: Seattle
Phillies Story line You are Watching the Closest: Can Cody Asche take the next step and become an above-average MLB player?
MLB Story line You are Watching the Closest: Can the young Royals’ players be consistent enough to make the playoffs in back-to-back years?
Jay Floyd
Phils record: 70-92

NL pennant- Nats
AL pennant- Red Sox
Phillies story line: Maikel Franco’s bat – can he adapt to veteran pitching at the top levels of the sport and continue to progress?
MLB story line: The AL East race is much more interesting after last season.
Bold prediction: Both Aaron Nola and Adam Loewen appear for the big league club by June.
Martin Schnayder

Predicted record: 72-90
Predicted NL winner: Padres

Predicted AL winner: Mariners
Predicted WS winner: Mariners
Phillies story line: Will the Phillies finally trade Cole Hamels and get appropriate value?
MLB story line: Can the Orioles and Blue Jays once again keep the Red Sox and Yankees off of the top the AL East?
Jon Nisula
Predicted record: 60-102
Predicted NL winner: Dodgers
Predicted AL winner: Mariners
Predicted WS winner: Dodgers
Phillies story line: Can Ken Giles develop into the next de facto closer for the Phillies?
MLB story line: Can the Marlins really win the NL East? They certainly have the potential this year.

Ryan Gertsel

Predicted record: 65-97
Predicted NL winner: Nationals
Predicted AL Winner: Orioles
Predicted WS Winner: Nationals
Phillies story line: How will Freddy Galvis fair as the everyday shortstop replacing Jimmy Rollins?
MLB story line: Can Mike Trout win back to back AL MVPs?

Eric Seidman

Predicted Record: 96-66
Predicted NL Winner: Phillies
Predicted AL Winner: Tigers
Predicted WS Winner: Phillies
Phillies Story line: Ryan Howard continues to get better with age. How long can he really keep hitting 40+ HRs and improving his OBP?
MLB Story line: Just how productive will Melvin Upton be now that he stopped using the B.J. moniker?

Matthew Gephart

Predicted record: 72-90
Predicted NL winner: Nats
Predicted AL winner: Orioles
Predicted WS winner: O’s
Phillies storyline: Which veteran left on the roster will prove most valuable? / Will Ryan Howards contract payout this year?
MLB storyline: Will trades make or break the Padres?

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