Jerad Eickhoff and Maikel Franco will be key in determining how many games the Phillies win in 2017. (Frank Klose/STP)
By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor
Normally as the season opens, there's a set number of wins that the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to reach. In 2017, that isn't necessarily the case.
A year after posting the worst record in baseball, the Phillies won 71 games in 2016. After adding Michael Saunders and Howie Kendrick, in addition to improving their bullpen talent, some Phillies fans believe the team could challenge for a .500 record if younger players like Vince Velasquez and Maikel Franco have breakout seasons.
On the other hand, there are those that would suggest the team's lineup still isn't that talented, and with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets expected to be better than a season ago, there's a chance a wins jump may not come in a crowded division.
Sports Talk Philly staffers were polled on how many wins they think the Phillies will have in 2017, here's how they responded: