The surging Phillies bring baseball's longest win streak into Game 2 of their series with the Red Sox. Joe Blanton and the Phils try to push it to seven against tough customer Jon Lester. First pitch is 7:15 p.m.
Beerleaguer: The cream always rises to the top, and while the Phillies aren't out of the woods, they've clawed closer to that "x games over .500" threshold pragmatic Beerleaguers were targeting as the end of May goal. Carlos Ruiz continues to carry the offense on his back. He's the single reason why the Phillies now rank ... wait for it ... as an above average National League offense in categories like hitting (4th) runs (6th) and OPS (8th). Extra-base hits have flooded the box scores. How about a team-leading 11 doubles from Freddy Galvis, who dunked his first right-handed homer into the flower box Friday night? Not to draw comparisons (yeah sure), but his slugging percentage is .100 points higher than Jimmy Rolllins'. Which begs the question ... er, no it doesn't. Let's not go there (today).
Friday night featured a threefold showcase from the Phillies' trio of all-encompasing excellence (or PTAEE for short): another multi-hit game from Ruiz; Cole Hamels' sixth-straight victory; and Jonathon Papelbon's most meaningful save of the season. For the first time since he changed uniforms, we felt this guy's pulse.
As their record suggests, the strengths are beginning to outnumber the weaknesses, and with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley progressing, they're in a comfortable place ... although they need to keep it up.