The Phillies are 26-24 as they finish up May and have been missing vital pieces in the lineup and pitching staff, while many others have slumped to begin the season. Readers weigh in.
"I'm generally a negative person, but I'm having trouble getting down about this season. They can't encounter much worse luck than they have already (knock on wood!) and they're above .500, only 4 games back (1.5 in the WC). This team, as currently constructed, is exceeding my expectations at this point. A few breaks here or there, they'd be atop the division. They're starting to play better ball, so things are looking up." - R. Billingsly
"This is a team who has not had their 3 and 4 hole hitters all year. Their shortstop, center fielder, and right fielder are all either under performing or have gone through bad spurts. Their ace has not been himself for an entire month and their bullpen has been spotty at best save for the closer. With all that they are 1.5 out of the wild card and 4 out of the division. Had the bullpen not all imploded at once in that Mets series in CBP they might be leading the Wild Card race...There are going to be plenty of teams upset they didn't bury the Phillies when they had a chance come late August." - The Truth Injection
"John Mayberry and Ty Wigginton finally get their left-handed starter and they step up. It's a shame Jim Thome was useless and Laynce Nix went down, or they could be giving those guys some time off vs RHP as Ruben correctly planned. It would really balance our offense out right now." - lorecore
Bush goes six: Dave Bush, a candidate to start in place of Roy Halladay, allowed a run on nine hits in six innings Monday. Phillippe Aumont returned from the disabled list for his first appearance since May 2. Michael Schwimer took the loss and allowed six runs in 2-3 innings.
Notes: Roy Halladay will reportedly meet with the doctor today. ... In other news, Roy Oswalt is reportedly expected to pick his suitor soon. The Phillies are believed to be in the mix. I've been mostly ambivalent to Oswalt, but if there was ever time throw money at improving the club, instead of making a trade, this might be it, a chance for perhaps one last shot, especially considering the uncertainty now surrounding Halladay.