PHILLIES NEED FRANCO, HERRERA AND ALTHERR TO TAKE IT UP A NOTCH!

By Sam Bush

There has been so much talk about the Phillies pitching and their search for a fifth starter, that as spring training opens today a big question is:

Where are the Phillies’ bats?

The Phils scored the fourth-fewest runs in baseball last season, and it didn’t add anybody to the lineup other than outfielder Peter Bourjos, who hit .200 with a .623 OPS in 225 plate appearances last season with St. Louis.

Runs are expected to be a struggle again, but the organization hopes there will be at least some improvement with the continued development of Maikel Franco (above), Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr and others.

But if players struggle, there will be plenty of players in Triple-A looking to take their jobs, including shortstop J.P. Crawford, outfielder Nick Williams and more.

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