The Phillies are guaranteed a losing April for the first time since 2007. Readers extract meaning from the first 22 games.
Performance speaks volumes: "Normally I wouldn't be that bummed if the Phils were 10-12 and had a good chance to end up the month at 12-11. I thought they would only go 13-10 and that I would be happy with anything over .500. The Phils though have played two of the worst teams in baseball the past two weekends and they have been found wanting. Not being able to win one of these series speaks volumes about the current state of this team." - MG
Learn from the past: "I was pretty much ready to join the rest of the Beerleaguer posters and throw in the towel on this season until I looked at the team's record for the past seven Aprils." - clout
What'chu talkin' bout, clout? " I'm not throwing in the towel either, but you picked an odd set of data to make your case. Last seven seasons: April results; Full season record and results: 2011: 18-8, 102-60, Won NL East 2010: 12-10, 97-65, Won NL East 2009: 11-9, 93-69, Won NL East & NLCS 2008: 15-13, 92-70, Won NL East & WS 2007: 11-14, 89-73, Won NL East 2006: 10-14, 85-72, Missed WC by three games 2005: 10-14, 88-74, Missed WC by one game. Damn if that doesn't look like a powerful correlation between a winning Phillies April and a trip to the post-season, over these last seven years." - bay_area_phan
Utley and Howard hold the key: "I won't be ready to pass judgment until the end of next month. But as things stand, it's my belief that this team will at least get a WC and will contend for the division. I don't think you can declare a season a lost cause having played less than 20 percent of it and not being in a huge hole recordwise. If the team is still under .500 in June, then I'll start thinking it's most likely time to accept the season as a failure and move towards breaking up the team to some extent, but as of now? Nah. We need to get a better sense of what kind of play the other teams in the division can sustain, see whether we can expect anything meaningful from Utley and Howard, and listen to the front office's dog whistles about their trade deadline plans. At this point the only legit thing to do as a fan is pull hard for Dom Brown, Galvis, May, Biddle etc. to develop, and appreciate the good baseball qua baseball where it happens (e.g. Doc's starts, Galvis's defense, Chooch in general)." - Fumphis