Leaving Those April Doldrums Behind?
Love 6 a.m. flights.
Love 4 a.m. wakeup calls even more.
But you’re here to talk Phillies, right? The Phillies had a very good weekend, sweeping the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium, winning two games by coming back in the ninth inning Friday and Saturday and clobbering them in a laugher yesterday.
Could the Phillies be close to breaking out of their traditional April doldrums?
That really depends on the pitching, doesn’t it? Have they started to figure out a few things, or was this just a mirage?
- The Phillies are third in the National League with 98 runs scored, and that’s with Jimmy Rollins slumping. Only the St. Louis Cardinals (115) and Los Angeles Dodgers (110) have scored more.
- The Phillies had a National League-worst 6.31 ERA (87 earned runs in 124 innings) through their first 14 games when they were 6-8. They had a 2.89 ERA over the weekend against the Marlins.
- The Phillies have a .995 fielding percentage to lead the baseball. They have committed just three errors (Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz and Rollins each have on error), and none since April 16 in Washington.
Hitting and fielding haven’t been an issue for the Phillies. Pitching has. But they are set up nicely this week, opening a three-game series tonight against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. (Joe Blanton, Cole Hamels and Brett Myers face the Nationals.) The Nationals have scored just 74 runs this season, which ranks 12th in the National League.
Play well this week against the Nationals, and the Phillies should be feeling pretty good about themselves before playing the Mets this weekend.