The Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park after winning six of 10 games on a West Coast road swing. They'll play 22 of their next 29 games at home.
April 28-29: Mets (14-11)
May 2-4: Nationals (14-12)
May 5-6: Blue Jays (12-13)
May 7-8: at Blue Jays
May 9-11: at Mets
May 13-14: vs. Angels (11-13)
May 16-18: vs. Reds (11-14)
May 20-22: at Marlins (11-14)
May 23-25: vs. Dodgers (14-12)
May 26-28: vs. Rockies (14-12)
May 29-June 1: vs. Mets
The Phillies appear to be entering what's arguably the most favorable portion of their schedule at the perfect time after road series wins over the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.
Carlos Ruiz is red hot -- he was named NL Player of the Week today. In just six games, Chooch raised his slash line from .204/.328/.286 to .296/.412/.479. He did so by going 11 for 22 with six extra-base hits, seven RBIs and five walks.
A.J. Burnett is also heating up. In three games since being diagnosed with a hernia, the right-hander has given up just two runs and 14 hits over 21.2 innings while striking out 18 and walking three.
And the back end of the bullpen, namely Jonathan Papelbon and Mike Adams, is finally in sync.
Perhaps we're in for an enjoyable month of baseball.