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Phillies Defense Part 1: Just out of Reach

This season, as in so many others this past decade, the Phillies defense was a weakness. But it wasn’t supposed to be. In 2019 the defense graded out well by publicly available metrics, especially the outfield. Then, during the offseason, the front office made moves to improve the infield defense. Coming into the 2020 season we had reason to hope that the defense would become a strength: one that could bolster a good rotation and buttress a questionable bullpen.

What went wrong?

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