Beerleaguer: Here's what's happening: the Phils became baseball's first 40-game winner Sunday. They are, however, in many ways statistical equals to the Braves, who fell to 2.5-games back of the Phils with a 8-3 loss to Houston Monday. The two sides have the same number of pythagorean wins (38). They're 1-2 in the league in pitching with Atlanta measuring a tick better, a difference that may drill down to the Braves having a slightly better bullpen. Offensively, they're both below-average producers with Atlanta just percentage points ahead in that category as well. They've each suffered injuries to the offense, but at the moment, the Phils are running at full strength. The Phils will look to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley to further stablize the offense. They'll look for improvement from catcher and left field. They'll search for affordable upgrades to the outfield. They'll continue to exercise patience with Domonic Brown. Meanwhile, they'll expect the same reliablity from the pitching staff, which has seen lights-out efforts recently by Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in particular. Miss anything?
What's gone right: Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Ryan Madson, the Four Aces Plan. What's gone wrong: Ben Francisco not the answer, Joe Blanton, nobody has gotten hot offensively.
Moves we care about: The Long Island Ducks signed Shane Youman to a deal last week.