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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor
Nearly 50 games into the 2021 season, things were not going as fans had hoped for the Phillies and comparisons were flying.
Following a Monday-night blowout at the hands of the Miami Marlins once again, the Phils were two games under .500.
The road has had some ups and downs, but the Phillies managed to just hit .500 by winning 7 of 10 against two of the best teams in the sport (and the Cubs) while beating up on some former Phillies disappointments.
That surge and the bit of a fall back to earth of some former Phillies has lead to a decrease in the comparisons being made, but halfway through the season, it seems like a realistic time to take a look at the moves the Phillies made this offseason and the players who the team had that would have filled those roster spots otherwise.
Note: Since it would require going back to 2019 or earlier to find players like JP Crawford and Nick Williams as positional matches, additions like Matt Joyce and Didi Gregorious are not addressed here.