The Phillies have played 42 games as of yesterday’s win in New York. The team has amassed a 16-6 road record which is the best in the league. That’s the great news! The not so great news is the Phillies home record which is the worst for any team in 1st place in their division in baseball. No other team in the lead of their division has a losing record at home, but the Phillies do and they are 8-12 at Citizen’s Bank Park.
The Phillies are anything but what you would call normal about a 1st place team. The pitching staff is near the bottom of the whole National League in regards to ERA, only the Nationals have a higher staff ERA at this point in the season. The team is being powered by the offense at this time, and pitching remains the chief concern about this team as we head into the last week of May. The Phillies offense has a 5.7 runs per game average which is the highest total of any NL team going into tonight’s game. The last 20 games the Phillies are 12-8.
Tonight’s game with the Marlins finds that team in a state of decline despite what a great start they had in the month of April. In the last 20 games the Marlins are 6-14 and versus the NL East so far this year they are 13-7. The Marlins are 5.5 games back in the NL East and have a 20-25 record. This doesn’t mean the Phillies should take the Marlins lightly though, tonight they will pitch Chris Volstad and he ‘s been a bright spot in the Marlins rotation with a 3-3 record and 3.64 ERA.
There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…..