The Phillies will finish the month 13-9 or 12-10 pending the outcome of tonight’s game. And that’s good enough.
Time to summarize. April 2010 saw more of the same “methodical march” we’ve come to expect from the Phillies: winning most of the games they were supposed to win, giving a few away while reminding us of their resiliency in salvaging Game 3 in San Francisco. They’ve lunged to a 12-9 start, not surprisingly, on the strength of their bats, mostly seen in one-sided wins against Washington and Houston early on. Their bullpen, considered the Achilles Heel, was generally stronger than expected, although Ryan Madson showed, once again, that his place is the 8th inning. Meanwhile, the rotation has been a mild disappointment for anyone not named Halladay. Cole Hamels remained inconsistent. Kyle Kendrick and Jamie Moyer have been hittable. Fortuitous for two years, the Phillies have also played through a rash of injuries to Jimmy Rollins, Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ while weaning Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero back to health. They’ve been mostly OK and have seen a few players like Juan Castro step up, but some weaknesses have been exposed as well.