With the addition of Bryce Harper, the odds of the Phillies World Series have already reached about 10-1 (or less) on most sports betting.
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Now, with a stacked composition and a host of young All-Star players, the pressure is turning to Gabe Kapler to take this team to the land of promise. And he agrees with that.
"I love the pressure," Kapler told the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday, less than 24 hours after signing Harper's signature, a 13-year deal of $ 330 million.
"Look, we still want to be judged by victories and defeats on the field," said Kapler. "We know that Philadelphia Phillies' expectations, the city of Philadelphia, are particularly high, which we have always wanted, we want a demanding and ambitious bar, and we want to meet those expectations. " We have players with that kind of mentality, we have the staff, the front office and the group of owners who have that kind of mentality, so we would not want it to be otherwise. And we really thought that the pressure would be high, the bar would be high and we would be ready to get up and meet it. "
Speaking of players with this mentality, Jean Segura also joined the 94WIP Morning Show and did not give in to his expectations.
Jean Segura's reaction to the addition of Bryce? "World Series Championships." –
Many fans and analysts are trying to project the new line of Phillies with new sluggers like Harper and J.T. Realmuto. Kapler admits that he is thinking of using a more traditional composition than last year with a lineup of mostly players every day.
"Last year, we had to do a lot of mixing and matching," Kapler admitted. "Now, when you walk through our alignment … there are guys who will be in our lineup every day."
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