Games at Citizens Bank Park have brought feast or famine for the Phillies, who return to Philadelphia for a six-game homestand.
Like we always say, .500 baseball is a reasonable April goal. Don’t look now, but the Phils are a win away from hitting the mark, and two of three would put the Phils in the black for good. Sweeping the Marlins atoned for the team’s early sins. The club’s offensive resiliency and defensive buoyancy were reinforced with a pair of comeback wins, while the pitching staff showed signs of stabilizing. Now they need to polish it up at home, where they’re 3-6 compared to 6-2 on the road. The bats have been particularly bipolar, held to one run or less four times.
Home hitting: .248/.327/.430; road hitting: .277/.358/.463
Home pitching: 5.78 1.52 .290; road pitching: 5.58 1.48 .277
Notes: Beerleaguer favorite R.J. Swindle was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. I can't understand why; he looked so sharp in his game against the Phillies. Carlos Ruiz is expected to rejoin the Phils on Wednesday, after he makes two more rehab starts. Elsewhere, Oliver Perez and his 88 mph fastball may be headed for a minor league demotion. It sounds exactly like Brett Myers' situation last season. “I don’t think we’ve seen the Ollie of old yet,” Jerry Manuel told reporters after yesterday’s game, “I’m really, really concerned about him right now.” Tim Redding, who’s close to returning from his rehab assignment, could be an option to replace Bad Ollie.
Updated notes: Carlos Ruiz will rehab with the Reading Phillies Tuesday, according to the R-Phils. Joe Savery will start that game. ... J.C. Romero has filed suit against a nutritional supplement manufacturer alleging an unlisted ingredient in one of its products caused him to test positive for a banned substance, according to the AP.