Phils record at end of April?

So, this is what a winning record looks like. . .

As we leave Fort Lauderdale, the Phillies currently sit at 9-8. It hasn't been your most orthodox 9-8. But their heads are above water.

Here's the game story, which focuses on the Phils' first wire-to-wire victory of the season. And here is the notebook, which, among other things, takes a look at the team's improved pitching over the last week (they've cut their ERA in half since allowing more than a touchdown in the first 10 games of the year).

Now, before we take off, I'll throw this out there:

What will the Phils' record be at the end of April? With three games, you don't have a lot of choices: Either 9-11, 10-10, 11-9 or 12-8. A sweep of the Nationals would put them at 12-8, tied for the most games over .500 at the end of April since way back in 1993.

Here are their records the last few Aprils:

2008: 15-13

2007: 11-14

2006: 10-14

2005: 10-14

2004: 10-11

2003: 16-12

2002: 9-18

2001: 14-10

2000: 7-17

1999: 11-11

1998: 12-13

1997: 8-16

1996: 13-11

1995: 2-2*

1994: 9-14

1993: 17-5

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