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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 07: Darick Hall #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on August 7, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Opening Day is here. And now we have an opening day lineup too. And while much of it is as we expected, there are some surprises. Here is the Phillies‘ first lineup of the season

Trea Turner leading off is no surprise. There was some thought Kyle Schwarber could still lead off when they first signed Turner. But it quickly became clear that it was Turner’s job. Kyle Schwarber comes in behind him in the two-hole, which is also no surprise. What may surprise some people though is that he is starting the season as the DH. With Rhys Hoskins hurt, and Darick Hall moving to first base, the Phillies do not have a clear candidate for DH. So it will likely just be used to get guys’ days off in the field. Scwarber and Nick Castellanos both leave a lot to be desired as fielders. It would make sense for them to share most of the time at DH, meaning Spring standout Jake Cave could get a lot of at-bats early until Bryce Harper returns.

The next surprise is Darick Hall being all the way up in the clean-up spot. But the Phillies put Hall up there last year too. Against righties, they believe in his power. He hit more home runs per at bat than even Rhys Hoskins last year in his limited role. So it will not be surprising if, vs righties, we see a lot of Hall up in the lineup. It will be more interesting to see what they do vs lefties.

The Phillies will likely mess around with lineup combos early on. But seeing Hall get a chance up in the lineup on Opening Day, and Cave in the lineup on Opening Day, could be vindictive one what we will see for most games.

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Meet The 2023 Phillies (Probable) Opening Day Roster

The Philadelphia Phillies open up their season on Thursday at 4:05pm in Texas against the Rangers, as the most anticipated season in over a decade begins in earnest. It’s a year with great expectations, amazing new talent, a difficult division, and incredible moments just waiting to happen. Ahead of the team taking the field, let’s take a look at the players who are projected to – the official opening day roster has not yet been released – be the ones making those moments a reality in Philly this year.

  • Catchers:

  • JT Realmuto

    Realmuto will once again be the starting catcher. BCIB.

  • Garrett Stubbs

    Stubbs played a solid backup to Realmuto last season, and is expected to again this year.

  • Infielders:

  • Darick Hall

    Hall will most likely be the main starting 1st baseman with Rhys Hoskins’ ACL injury.

  • Bryson Stott

    Stott shifts to 2nd for the 2023 season with a new addition at shortstop, he’ll start in the middle for the Phils.

  • Trea Turner

    The Phillies’ biggest offseason addition, and arguably the best shortstop in baseball, Turner starts his tenure as a mainstay in the middle of the Phils’ infield.

  • Alec Bohm

    Bohm had an awesome spring, and the Phillies will be looking for their young starting 3rd baseman to make a big jump this season.

  • Edmundo Sosa

    Sosa is a utility player extraordinaire, who could probably start on some MLB teams. For the Phillies, he’ll be the first infielder off the bench and may even see some outfield time.


  • Josh Harrison

    The wily vet of the infield, Harrison is a defensive specialist who will see a share of innings as either a spot starter or a defensive replacement late in games.

  • Outfielders:

  • Kyle Schwarber

    Schwarber will be starting for the Phils again, whether it’s LF or DH. The NL home run champ from last year is looking for another big year.

  • Brandon Marsh

    With a strong offseason behind him, Marsh looks for an improved year as the Phillies’ everyday starter in center.

  • Nick Castellanos

    With Bryce Harper injured, Nick Castellanos will start in RF for the Phils, and he is looking for a bounce back year from a forgetful 2022.

  • Jake Cave

    Cave had an outstanding spring training, and earned a spot as an outfield depth piece on this roster. He may also DH with Darick Hall starting at 1B.

  • Dalton Guthrie

    Guthrie may not have made this roster without the Rhys Hoskins injury, but the team still has confidence in the young outfielder to be a serviceable defensive backup.

  • Starting Pitchers:

  • Aaron Nola

    Your opening day starter for the 6th straight year.

  • Zack Wheeler

    Wheeler is back for hopefully another dominant season.

  • Taijuan Walker

    Walker comes to Philly from the NY Mets via free agency, and is one of the more underrated offseason acquisitions in all of baseball.

  • Bailey Falter

    With Ranger Suarez’s injury setback, Falter is set to slot into the 4th spot in the rotation to start the season.

  • Matt Strahm

    Strahm, who was signed this offseason as a bullpen piece, will be forced into the 5th starter role due to the Suarez injury. The last time he was a bona fide starter was with the San Diego Padres back in 2019.

  • The Bullpen:

  • Seranthony Dominguez

    Armed with a contract extension, Dominguez has a chance to be the team’s set closer this season.

  • Gregory Soto

    Soto is probably the other guy in contention for the closer role this season after the Phillies traded for him from the Detroit Tigers.

  • Jose Alvarado

    Also extended this offseason, Alvarado looks to build on an outstanding 2022 campaign.

  • Craig Kimbrel

    The long time closer may not close for the Phillies, but he’s still a more than serviceable bullpen arm.

  • Connor Brogdon

    Brogdon is back, and this year he has a mustache. Can’t have a bad year with a mustache.

  • Andrew Bellatti

    Bellatti was the breakout bullpen arm of 2022, and has now solidified his roster spot for 2023.

  • Yunior Marte

    Marte was acquired this offseason from the San Francisco Giants, and he will be pushed into a bullpen role, at least until the starting rotation turns to strength.

  • Andrew Vasquez

    Vasquez is unproven, but had a solid spring and showed off some good stuff. He’s the least proven of this year’s staff.