The 8-8 Phillies are riding the hot bat of Pat and cool hand of Cole. Meanwhile, David Wright leads the 8-6 Mets.
1. Pat Burrell – Sorry, Cole. Pat the Bat (.373/.492/.804, 6 HR, 17 RBI) leads the world in gross productive average (.410) and runs created (20).
2. Cole Hamels – Easily, a top five NL starter to begin the season. (2-1, 0.82 ERA, .143 BAA). Devastating change-up has been unhittable.
3. Brett Myers – Dominant, composed in last two outings, surrendering only one walk in two games. Living up to his billing as a solid number two.
4. Chase Utley – Woke up during the Cubs series after a cool week. Poor defense pulls him down; .317/.400/.651, 4 HR raises him up.
5. J.C. Romero – An anchor since joining the bullpen in mid-2007. Eight strikeouts, no runs, in first 6 2-3 innings. No hits, no walks to left-handers.
-- J. Weitzel
1. David Wright - No April struggles this season means bad news for the rest of the league; hitting .400 vs. lefties.
2. Jose Reyes - With a big series against the Nats, he's beginning to turn the corner and show that fire that he lost at the middle of ‘07.
3. Johan Santana - While traditionally a slow-starter, given the state of the rotation, it's imperative that the Mets win his starts.
4. Carlos Beltran - Taking a more prominent leadership role with players like Reyes; 3rd in NL with seven doubles.
5. Joe Smith - Baffling hitters with his unique delivery -- hasn't allowed an earned run in his last five appearances.
-- D.J. Short, Metsblog.com