The Phillies are happy to be down with American League teams as they finished with a 4-11 record in Interleague action this season. Versus the National League, on the other hand, they are playing .600 baseball (42-28), not including their July 3 contest against the Atlanta Braves. It ranks second best to the Chicago Cubs (45-25).
Even with Ryan Howard’s struggles at the plate this season, in Tuesday night’s win over the Braves he hit his 150th career homer, making him the fastest player in Major League history to reach the mark (495 games). Hall of Famer Eddie Matthews, No. 2 on the list, needed 569 games to hit the same mark.
With 11 games to play before the All-Star Game on July 15, it’s the perfect time put a streak of wins together especially with the Mets, Cardinals and Diamondbacks coming to town. As of this afternoon, the team has yet to name Brett Myers replacement for the series opener against New York. The only sure thing is Johan Santana is starting for New York.