Aside from a couple stinkers, the Phillies have been absolutely dominating to open the 2011 season. Now at 7-2 after the shutout victory over the Braves this afternoon, the Phils have won all 3 series this year. Their run differential is +26. That's good.
Early Observations & Notes:
*So good so far for Jose Contreras, or as Manuel likes to call him, The Big Truck, in the closer's role.
*Shane Victorino had 9 base knocks in Atlanta.
*Cole Hamels is okay after all.
*Charlie Manuel likes Michael Martinez way more than me. Actually, I don't like him at all.
*Ben Francisco is hitting well enough to replace Werth, but his defense has been unsightly.
*The pitching staff has twirled 2 shutouts. Nice.
Magic number watch...