The Philadelphia Phillies closed out their 10-game home stand Thursday afternoon with an 8-2 record. It included sweeping the Colorado Rockies and taking two of three from the Florida Marlins, who were in first-place when the series began.
On some nights, the bats did the job. There was the 20-5 victory over the Rockies and 12-3 win over the Marlins.
Against the Reds, starting pitching was the strength. In the June 5 finale of the dour-game set, Cole Hamels allowed just three hits in a complete game shutout, improving his record to 6-4. A night earlier, Brett Myers had a no-hitter through 6.2 innings, but came out on the losing end of the 2-0 decision. Even Adam Eaton, the big question mark among the starters, has looked strong in back-to-back outings. In a 3-2 victory over the Reds, he surrendered just one earned run and three hits over 6.2 innings.
Offensively, the trio of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell are leading the National League with 137 RBIs.
It’s a lineup that features the last two league MVPs in Jimmy Rollins and Howard, with Utley making a strong case for 2008 honors. The second baseman is currently the leading National League vote getter for next month’s All-Star game.
Their 36-26 record in second best in the National Leage, behind the Chicago Cubs at 38-21. The team will be on the road for the next nine games, which includes a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals (35-25) June 13-15. From there, the Phils return home for three with the Boston Red Sox., June 16-18, and Los Angeles Angels, June 20-22.
This season has a long way to go. If things continue to look this strong in August and September, then these Phillies will once again be the talk of South Philly.