Jimmy Rollins, the reigning National League MVP, has spent the majority of April and early May recovering from a sprained ankle.
Ryan Howard, the 2006 National League MVP, is struggling to find his swing (.169 batting average).
Don’t worry guys, Chase Utley has everything under control. The second baseman was the National League MVP for the month of April after hitting .360 with 11 home runs (tops in the Majors), 23 RBIs and 25 runs scored. It included a string of five straight games (April 17-21) with a home run.
If Utley wasn’t on the team, Pat Burrell, yes that Pat Burrell, might’ve taken home top honors after hitting .330 with nine homers and a team record 28 RBI.
Monday night, the Phillies opened a seven game road trip against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the league’s best record at 21-10. The National League East leaders showed they can hang with the best as they scattered 17 hits on the way to a 11-4 victory. They did their damage with Rollins still missing from the lineup. There is no question that the Phillies have one of the most dangerous lineups.
It also helps having a bullpen that doesn’t give the coaching staff and fans chest pains late in games. Philadelphia relievers have one more win (10) than the starting staff. New closer Brad Lidge has been a perfect seven-for-seven in save opportunities to go along with a 0.00 ERA.
Now if all the MVPs, including Ryan Howard, do their part, this Phillies team will be tough to beat.