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Phillies Nation’s 2017 staff predictions

The staff of Phillies Nation made a bunch of predictions for 2017. Let’s see how close we get!


1. What’s the 2017 won-loss record?

Tim Malcolm: 75-87
Michael Sadowski: 77-85
Corey Sharp: 77-85
Kirsten Swanson: 76-86
Daniel Walsh: 74-88

2. Who will hit the first home run on the team?

Malcolm: Cameron Rupp
Sadowski: Odubel Herrera
Sharp: Tommy Joseph
Swanson: Maikel Franco
Walsh: Michael Saunders

3. When will be the first three- or four-game sweep win?

Malcolm: May 26-28 vs Cincinnati
Sadowski: April 25-27 vs Miami
Sharp: May 26-28 vs Cincinnati
Swanson: April 25-27 vs Miami
Walsh: April 25-27 vs Miami

4. When will be the first three- or four-game sweep loss?

Malcolm: April 14-16 at Washington
Sadowski: April 10-12 vs New York
Sharp: April 18-20 at New York
Swanson: April 18-20 at New York
Walsh: April 14-16 at Washington

5. Who will hit the most home runs on the team?

Malcolm: Maikel Franco
Sadowski: Maikel Franco
Sharp: Maikel Franco
Swanson: Maikel Franco
Walsh: Tommy Joseph

6. Who will hit for the highest average on the team?

Malcolm: Cesar Hernandez
Sadowski: Odubel Herrera
Sharp: Odubel Herrera
Swanson: Odubel Herrera
Walsh: Odubel Herrera

7. Who will have the most wins on the team?

Malcolm: Jerad Eickhoff
Sadowski: Aaron Nola
Sharp: Jerad Eickhoff
Swanson: Jerad Eickhoff
Walsh: Jerad Eickhoff (also, “kill the win”)

8. Who will have the most pitcher strikeouts on the team?

Malcolm: Jeremy Hellickson
Sadowski: Jerad Eickhoff
Sharp: Vince Velasquez
Swanson: Vince Velasquez
Walsh: Vince Velasquez

9. Who will have the most saves on the team?

Malcolm: Hector Neris
Sadowski: Hector Neris
Sharp: Hector Neris
Swanson: Hector Neris
Walsh: Hector Neris

10. Final Odubel Herrera batting average.

Malcolm: .288
Sadowski: .298
Sharp: .311
Swanson: .281
Walsh: .285

11. Final Maikel Franco home run total.

Malcolm: 32
Sadowski: 29
Sharp: 32
Swanson: 29
Walsh: 22

12. Final Cesar Hernandez on-base percentage.

Malcolm: .358
Sadowski: .342
Sharp: .381
Swanson: .363
Walsh: .350

13. Final Aaron Nola start total.

Malcolm: 26
Sadowski: 29
Sharp: 25
Swanson: 26
Walsh: 27

14. Final Vince Velasquez strikeout total.

Malcolm: 131
Sadowski: 210
Sharp: 162
Swanson: 176
Walsh: 165

15. Final Jerad Eickhoff ERA.

Malcolm: 3.63
Sadowski: 3.97
Sharp: 3.38
Swanson: 3.82
Walsh: 3.75

16. When will J.P. Crawford get his first at bat?

Malcolm: June 2 vs San Francisco
Sadowski: July 19 at Miami
Sharp: July 21 vs Milwaukee
Swanson: Sept. 1 at Miami
Walsh: Sept. 1 at Miami

17. When will Nick Williams get his first at bat?

Malcolm: Sept. 16 vs Oakland
Sadowski: Sept. 9 at Washington
Sharp: Sept. 1 at Miami
Swanson: Aug. 1 at Los Angeles Angels
Walsh: Sept. 15 vs Oakland

18. When will Mark Appel throw his first MLB pitch?

Malcolm: Sept. 17 vs Oakland
Sadowski: Sept. 8 a Washington
Sharp: Not this year
Swanson:  Sept. 7 at Washington
Walsh: Sept. 16 vs Oakland

19. Will the Phillies trade anyone currently on the 25-man roster, and if so, who?

Malcolm: Yes. Jeremy Hellickson, Michael Saunders, Pat Neshek
Sadowski: Yes. Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis, Howie Kendrick
Sharp: Yes. Jeremy Hellickson, Pat Neshek, Howie Kendrick
Swanson: Yes. Jeremy Hellickson
Walsh: Yes. Jeremy Hellickson, Pat Neshek

20. Which Phillie(s) will make the NL all-star team?

Malcolm: Odubel Herrera
Sadowski: Maikel Franco
Sharp: Odubel Herrera
Swanson: Odubel Herrera
Walsh: Odubel Herrera

21. On what date will the Phillies be eliminated from postseason contention?

Malcolm: Sept. 10
Sadowski: Sept. 14
Sharp: Sept. 24
Swanson: Sept. 18
Walsh: Sept. 23

22. Of the 15 NL teams, in what place will the Phillies finish?

Malcolm: 10th
Sadowski: 9th
Sharp: 9th
Swanson: 9th
Walsh: 11th

23. How many fans will visit Citizens Bank Park for the first home game against Seattle on May 9 (Carlos Ruiz’s return)?

Malcolm: 31,957
Sadowski: 33,952
Sharp: 32,000
Swanson: 33,743
Walsh: 26,000

24. How long will Pete Rose’s (let’s be honest) Wall of Fame speech last?

Malcolm: 8 minutes
Sadowski: 17 minutes
Sharp: 25 minutes
Swanson: “FOREVER” … or 5 minutes
Walsh: “too long”

25. What will be the Phillies’ final 2017 attendance total?

Malcolm: 2,046, 119
Sadowski: 2,100,000
Sharp: 2,200,000
Swanson: 1,998,683
Walsh: 2,000,000


26. NL playoff teams.

Malcolm: Washington, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles
Sadowski: Washington, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Colorado
Sharp: Washington, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco
Swanson: Washington, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles
Walsh: Washington, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco

27. NL MVP.

Malcolm: Corey Seager (LAD)
Sadowski: Nolan Arenado (COL)
Sharp: Anthony Rizzo (CHC)
Swanson: Bryce Harper (WAS)
Walsh: Nolan Arenado (COL)

28. NL Cy Young.

Malcolm: Madison Bumgarner (SF)
Sadowski: Noah Syndergaard (NYM)
Sharp: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
Swanson: Jake Arrieta (CHC)
Walsh: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

29. NL Rookie of the Year.

Malcolm: Tyler Glasnow (PIT)
Sadowski: Hunter Renfroe (SD)
Sharp: Dansby Swanson (ATL)
Swanson: Dansby Swanson (ATL)
Walsh: Dansby Swanson (ATL)

30. AL playoff teams.

Malcolm: New York, Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle
Sadowski: Boston, Toronto, Cleveland, Houston, Texas
Sharp: Boston, Toronto, Cleveland, Texas, Houston
Swanson: Toronto, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Seattle
Walsh: Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, Seattle

31. AL MVP.

Malcolm: Manny Machado (BAL)
Sadowski: Carlos Correa (HOU)
Sharp: Francisco Lindor (CLE)
Swanson: Manny Machado (BAL)
Walsh: Mike Trout (LAA)

32. AL Cy Young.

Malcolm: Carlos Carrasco (CLE)
Sadowski: Yu Darvish (TEX)
Sharp: Corey Kluber (CLE)
Swanson: Chris Sale (BOS)
Walsh: Chris Sale (BOS)

33. AL Rookie of the Year.

Malcolm: Aaron Judge (NYY)
Sadowski: Yulieski Gurriel (HOU)
Sharp: Aaron Judge (NYY)
Swanson: Andrew Benintendi (BOS)
Walsh: Andrew Benintendi (BOS)

34. MLB home run champion.

Malcolm: Nolan Arenado (COL)
Sadowski: Nolan Arenado (COL)
Sharp: Nolan Arenado (COL)
Swanson: Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)
Walsh: Nolan Arenado (COL)

35. MLB batting champion.

Malcolm: Mookie Betts (BOS)
Sadowski: Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Sharp: Corey Seager (LAD)
Swanson: Mookie Betts (BOS)
Walsh: Jose Altuve (HOU)

36. MLB pitcher strikeout champion.

Malcolm: Madison Bumgarner (SF)
Sadowski: Noah Syndergaard (NYM)
Sharp: Max Scherzer (WAS)
Swanson: Felix Hernandez (SEA)
Walsh: Max Scherzer (WAS)

37. World Series matchup and winner.

Malcolm: St. Louis vs. Boston (winner: Boston)
Sadowski: Washington vs. Houston (winner: Houston)
Sharp: New York vs. Cleveland (winner: Cleveland)
Swanson: Los Angeles vs. Cleveland (winner: Cleveland)
Walsh: Chicago vs. Boston (winner: Boston)

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