Pick your key player, but only one

The Phillies are in first place. If I had a blog last year, which I didn't, and was covering the Phillies, which I wasn't, I wouldn't have been able to write that previous sentence until September. Well, it's Uno de Mayo, and Los Phillies are in primero place (I'm practicing for my inevitable Cinco De Mayo celebracion en Phoenix on Monday).

Florida lost, the Phillies won, and the Fightin's are a half game ahead of the Fish and the Mets in first place.

Ryan Howard was the obvious hero tonight. Reached out and got a 2-0 pitch that he drilled into the seats in right field. The big fella went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the third inning, in addition to his game-winning blast.

Is he out of his slump? I think he might be.

But there were other key contributors.


Shane Victorino: I might be in the minority here, but I don't think many other center fielders go back and get that ball at the warning track in the seventh. Yes, I think he robbed Tadahito Iguchi. Other I have talked to think someone like Jayson Werth would have been able to chase it down. I'm torn. For the sake of the argument, let's say Victorino's speed is the difference between that ball falling. All of a sudden, the go-ahead run is on second with no out. That's huge.

Adam Eaton: Settled down after a two-run home run. Gave up some hard hits, but only two runs, and he lasted six innings.

Brad Lidge: The guy is making hitters look clueless right now. Seriously. I get embarassed watching some of these hitters try to put good wood on his slider. 11 scoreless appearances thus far.