Your Phightin' Phils are on a roll, winning both split squad games easily this afternoon.
The Phillies offense is hot, hot hot, and pitching has been a huge plus. Overall, there have been no major meltdowns.
Gavin Floyd had another solid outing this afternoon, as did Cory Lidle. Both pitchers blanked the opposition over five innings. There hasn’t been a better pitcher this spring than Arthur Rhodes. I recall reading he commonly starts hot. He’s tossing up a 1.50 ERA so far. Next best has been Geoff Geary, who deserves credit for making the Phillies pay attention. Geary is here to stay. Even Ricardo Rodriguez got into the act today, working a shutout inning against the Tigers. Maybe the Tigers will entertain a Rodriguez for Carlos Pena swap. Pena, a left-handed slugger rumored to be on the block, homered in the game today.
Here’s how the rest of the division stacks up:
1. Philadelphia 14-6 (.700)
2. Florida 12-6 (.667)
3. NY Mets 11-9 (.550)
4. Atlanta 7-13 (.350)
5. Washington 5-16 (.238)
No matter how you value spring training, I’m convinced it’s better to head north with a record like the Phillies than the Nationals.