By Art Beitchman
There’s a very good reason Phils GM Matt Klentak was forced to step down after last season.
He couldn’t cut it, and neither could the candy-ass arms he brought as the bullpen reached disastrous depths — names such as Tommy Hunter, Austin Davis, Cole Irvin, Reggie McClain threw in the low-90s, not close to today’s MLB standards.
New president Dave Dombrowski cleaned that barn out, then brought in some flame-throwers. Jose Alvarado throws 98 MPH every other pitch, veteran Archie Bradley and Connor Brogdon fit right in with good stuff, young Sam Coonrod rushes it up in the high 90s — and their effectiveness is obvious in the first week of the season as the Phils have flashed to a 5-1 record.
Starters Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, Zach Eflin have also been really good their first week of the new season.
The Phillies have gone nine straight seasons without a winning record, 2011 the last time they competed for a playoff spot.
As the weather heats up this spring, hopefully their bats will follow allowing them to have a winning season and playoff spot for the first time in 10 long years.