The 8-2 Phillies reasserted themselves as the class of the league with an 8-6 victory over Florida. They'll hand it off to Jamie Moyer tonight in the second game.
Preview: The leaderboards tell the tale of the Phillies' total domination, not just the standings, but individual performances. Chase Utley, who has homered in four-straight games, leads the league with six homers and a 1.405 OPS. Placido Polanco ranks third in batting average (.444) and is tied with Utley for the league lead in runs (14). Ryan Howard is one back of Matt Kemp's RBI pace with 14 base knocks. Meanwhile, last night's winner, Roy Halladay (3-0), has taken the early lead in strikeouts (21) for an ungodly 21/2 K/BB ratio. And true to form, J.A. Happ, despite some bad peripheral stats (5/8 K/BB) and a pair of ho-hum five-plus inning starts, sits atop the leaderboards with a 0.00 ERA, much to the chagrin of Keith Law. Just an out-of-this-world month by the hometown nine, led by a Rollins-less offense that has shown no signs of slowing. Utley has been on the MVP perimeter for some time, and it's obviously too soon to discuss it, but I'm beginning to think his time has come.