The hometown nine are making their 10-game homestand a memorable one. Winners of the first four games and five in a row overall, it’s reminiscent of other seasons when the Phillies caught fire at home.
Hall of Fame poster, RSB, summarized the situation this way in the previous thread: “The Phillies are once again taking advantage of their first long homestand of the the season; if memory serves correct, they also used this kind of opportunity as a springboard in the past three seasons. At this point 7-3 would be a disappointment. Doesn't this feel like it's finally their moment in the sun? The Braves are hobbled, the Mets are psychically scarred, the weather is warm, the park is sold out, even Brett Myers pitched eight innings. And now they're in first place a third of the way through the schedule.
“I know the bubble of optimism could easily be pricked with a loss tonight (as could the first-place status) but in spite of the momentum involved, I objectively believe that this is the Phillies' division to lose. (Maybe I shouldn't put it that way, but you know what I mean.)”
Pitching matchup: Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.18) and Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.70).