The Phillies played a night game on Tuesday, a double-header on Wednesday and a day game on Thursday before flying 2,400 miles - without an off-day - to take on the Mariners, who have the fourth-most home wins in the AL.
So, the fact that they lost two of three in Seattle? Not exactly a shocker. And the fact that the game they won was a matchup of Vance Worley against Felix Hernandez? Not really that stunning either. Baseball has a way of working out like that sometimes. Some other developments from the weekend:
-That offense that was "back" has now scored 10 runs in the last four games, including a goose egg on Sunday. Shane Victorino was, in some way, involved in every run the Phillies scored in their series with the Mariners. As much as we love Vic, it's not good when you have to go back to Thursday to find a run scored by the Phillies without a contribution from Victorino.
-Cole Hamels is having a terrific season. He failed yesterday to become the first pitcher in the majors to 10 wins, but due to little fault of his own. Hamels has not given up more than eight hits in any start this season, and he only did that once. He has only walked more than two batters twice in his 15 starts. Since going 2 2-3 innings in his season debut, he's worked at least six innings in every outing. And he has - make no mistake about it - been more consistent than Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and, yes, even Joe Blanton.
-What do we think of the very early but understandable comparisons between Dustin Ackley and Chase Utley? Ackley had a solid debut in his first MLB series, notching a single, a triple and a homer in his first 11 at-bats. But do you see any similarities between him and a young Utley?
-Maybe most noteworthy was what took place halfway across the country in St. Louis, where Albert Pujols sprained his left wrist and injured his shoulder in the Cardinals' win over the Royals on Sunday. The Phillies open a three-game set with the Cards on Tuesday night. Pujols' status is TBD.