After taking games one and two from the Pirates the past two days, the Phils are on the cusp on their first 3-game sweep on the season. Brett "The Hitman" Myers opposes lefty Paul Maholm. A sweep would be sweet because it would likely place them atop the NL East with a 15-11 record (assuming Florida finally loses) and make this month of April a winning one. Before the season started, and even in its opening month, I have undercut this team's value by predicting only 82 wins and finding things to whine and complain about (can't help it, it's my nature). Even with a winning April there is still much to bitch about, but for today I'll harp on the positives rather than the negatives.
*The offense is ranked 6th in MLB with 123 runs scored and 1st with 40 homeruns. That is outstanding considering they've played without Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, and essentially Ryan Howard for a large portion of the season. Pat Burrell, Chase Utley, and Jayson Werth deserve a round of applause for their efforts.
*Despite slander heaped upon the pitching staff they've risen above the condemnation to sport a 3.70 era, which is good enough for 5th in MLB. The bullpen is guiding the way with the 2nd best era in MLB as a group, headed by JC Romero, Brad Lidge, Rudy Seanez, and the rebirth of Tom Gordon (still holding out of calling him "Flash").
*Happy Birthday to Pedro Feliz who turns Too-old-to-hit. Funny, I don't remember learning that digit in our number system.
*3 in a row, at least make it 4...keep on streakin'!