By Sam Bush

With a lineup of Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, Rhys Hoskins, Didi Gregorius and Jean Segura, the Phillies are going to hit in 2020.

Whether they prove to have the pitching depth to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011 remains to be seen.

The one-two punch of Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler at the top of the Phillies rotation is playoffs-ready, especially if Nola pitches closer to the level he did in 2018.

However, after that the Phils are pissing into the wind.

Thirty-three-year-old Jake Arrieta has struggled to stay healthy in his first two seasons in Philly. Some combination of Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez will make up the final two spots. Each of those three had to be removed from the starting rotation at least once in 2019 because they were struggling so much.

Top pitching prospect Spencer Howard is expected to make his major league debut at some point in 2020, but he’s going to be on an inning limit in all likelihood.

The Phillies’ bullpen is also full of questions marks a year after being crippled by injuries. After a UCL injury cost him much of 2019, the Phillies say that the potentially electric Seranthony Dominguez is healthy coming into his third major league season. If healthy, the 25-year-old will be tasked in leading a bullpen that doesn’t have much in the way of certainty outside of Hector Neris and Jose Alvarez.

In January, while acknowledging how deep the division is, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said that he believes the team is capable of winning the National League East in 2020. For that to happen, the Phillies will need to hit on a lot of the gambles they have made in terms of pitching, something that didn’t happen a year ago.

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