Monday: 7 players of concern
Tuesday: 6 reasons I love Chase Utley
Wednesday: 5 X factors
Thursday: 4 reasons the division title is ours
Friday: 3 gayest Mets
Saturday: 2 breakout performances to expect
Sunday: 1 biggest ass-munch on the team
The 2 Breakout Performances to Expect
I want to preface these two listings by saying one thing. By "breakout," I mean according to what each player has done already in his career. So in the terms I am using this word, it would be possible for Ryan Howard to have a "breakout" season if he hit 90 homeruns and 234 RBIs. But I'm not that unrealistic.
- Shane Victorino
This almost seems obvious to me. In limited time last season, Victorino showed Philadelphia that he can perform on an everyday level, not just as a fourth outfielder. Speed, defense and contact are the three main ingredients that Shane brings to the club. Along with this, are his intangibles. His main ones being the energy and excitement he brings to the field. Seeing a RF of Abreu for the half the year then seeing one with Victorino for the other half was quite a contrast. Over a full season, I expect Victorino to be just as much of a catalyst to the Phillies' offense as Jimmy Rollins. And if you read this blog on somewhat of a regular basis, you will already know that I am sort of obsessed with the guy. To read a more detailed and far more intelligent analysis of Shane and 2007, check out A Citizens Blog perspective on him.
- Jimmy Rollins
Now you may be saying to yourself, "Rollins? Breakout? Didn't he already have a breakout season?" Yes, maybe he did. But I honestly do not think we saw the best of what J-Roll has to offer. He has talked a lot of shit this offseason and seems capable enough to back it up. He leads the Grapefruit league in OBP, which was one of his biggest (and only) flaws. If anyone wants this team to make it to October, it's him. And if anyone has the most influence in the locker room, it's him. And if ANYONE has the ability to make the Phillies the best lineup in baseball, it's him. His base stealing should improve due to Lopes, he is taking more walks this spring, he has shown he can hit for power, his defense is always solid, and he is showing he has the drive and determination to WANT to win. I understand that everyone thinks Rollins is a great player, I just don't think many see just how great he ACTUALLY is. After all, according to this page, he is our General.
The Daily pump-up picture is our breakout boys doing what they will do best this season: score runs...