The Phillies are home against the San Diego Padres for three games. Game 1 is currently playing as I write this post and Greg Maddux, a future hall of famer, faces off against one of baseball's most promising pitchers, Cole Hamels.
Cole is appearing to look much more comfortable against the Padres at home, rather than his last outing which to me, he looked a bit rushed and mad that he wasn't making his pitches. Cole has been a little snake bitten already this season, he's pitched well at times and still didn't come out of the game with a win.
The NL East is starting to shape up now, and the Phillies and the Mets along with the surprising Marlins are starting to make this an interesting division race. Not to mention the Braves seem to be just waiting for that opportunity to move up in the standings. The Marlins aren't the only surprise in the standings around the MLB. How about the Tampa Bay Devil Rays leading the AL East, no one would have predicted that at this point in the season.
The Phillies need to keep the momentum going to stay up with the leaders. They've had one of their most successful April in some time. Just last year the Phillies were looking at a record of 14 losses for the month of April and only 11 wins. So they have really turned things around for the moment, especially if they can pull out a win tonight.
Rich Baxter / Fightin Phillies Blog