What We Know: 20 Games In
The Phillies are 9-11, five games back of first place in the NL East. Slow April starts are nothing new, but the past few years have featured more talent (on paper) than this year’s squad, leading to more confidence on a deeper level. The light at the end of the tunnel is the hope that two offensive pillars in Ryan Howard and Chase Utley will be returning in a month or so, but treading water until then will prove a dicey proposition, if it’s even enough to stay competitive with a hot Nationals squad (albeit one with a cupcake schedule to date).
Games 11-20 Recap
- Record: 4-6
- RS: 31; RA: 38
- Notes: Cliff Lee hit the 15-day DL on April 21; Mike Stutes was also placed on the 15-day DL on April 24
- Through 20 games, Cole Hamels has more hits and extra-base hits in eight fewer PA than Jim Thome