Brett Myers continues to amaze many Phillies fans with just how dominating he has been this season. In Chicago on Sunday, he made it look all too easy, but once again, he got precious little run support. If he were provided with a strong offense, Myers could easily be 5-1 on the season, instead of 2-2. After Sunday's eight inning outing, his ERA stands at 1.49 on the season.
Myers has struck out ten hitters in each of his last two starts, giving him 20 strikeouts in 15 innings of work. He's also allowed just two walks over that span.
Ryan Madson has broken out of his early season slump and has been strong out of the bullpen. Madson pitched the Phillies out of a couple jams this week and struck out six hitters in 3 1/3 shutout innings, to give him a close second to Myers in this week's rankings. Madson also allowed just one hitter to reach base over the last week.
Offensively, Bobby Abreu gets the nod over Chase Utley. Abreu hit .348 (8-for-23) this week, chipping in with a double, two homeruns, four runs scored and four RBI for the Phillies. Abreu has occasionally hit out of the number four spot with Jim Thome on the DL.
Utley hit .278 and is off to a strong start this week with two homeruns in Monday night's game in Milwaukee.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Rob Tejeda went six innings without allowing an earned run in Wednesday's game against Buffalo. Tejeda upped his record to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.22 at Scranton. When the Phillies looked around for someone to take the place of Tim Worrell, Red Barons manager Gene Lamont recommended Tejeda as being the best suited to handle a spot in the Phillies bullpen.
Shane Victorino had a tough spring, but has put up strong numbers at Scranton. Victorino hit .400 (10-for-25) over the week and has had somewhat of a power surge, with six homeruns on the season, four of which came over the past week.
Michael Bourn is doing all he can to secure his spot as a future owner of an outfield position with the Phillies. Bourn is hitting .290 on the season and hit .423 (11-for-26) over the past week with Reading. Bourn has been consistent all season and is shuttling back and forth between center field and right field with teammate Chris Roberson. The Phillies put Bourn at Reading as somewhat of a challenge this season and he's responded well.
Travis Minnix has started to shine at Reading. Minix saved two games over the last week and allowed just one earned run in seven innings of work (1.29 ERA), while striking out two. Minix has taken over the closer's spot from Ryan Cameron and has also taken over the club lead in saves with four. Cameron is second with three.
Tim Moss had his seven game hitting streak snapped Monday night in Clearwater's 6-2 loss to Vero Beach. On the week, Moss hit .421 (8-for-19) and has six homeruns on the season, compared to three over his two previous minor league seasons. Moss has anchored the leadoff spot for Clearwater and has used his speed to swipe 11 bases. He has also compiled a .424 OBP. Moss has hit in 11 of his last 12 games and has a .413 (19-for-46) average over the span.
Francisco Butto didn't have an awesome week for Clearwater, but he was the best of the bunch. Butto saved his second game of the season on Sunday and not only delivered 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball for Clearwater this week, but he threw 2 1/3 perfect innings. Butto has a 4.34 ERA on the season.
Mike Dzurilla has been impressive since he arrived in Lakewood. Dzurilla hit .381 on the week for the BlueClaws. Dzurilla has played first, second and third since joining Lakewood just over a week ago.
Carlos Carrasco was dominant in his start last Wednesday against Hickory. Carrasco (1-3, 5.52) allowed just five hits over eight shutout innings, walking one and striking out eight. While Carrasco has struggled in the early going, the Phillies are hoping that he's starting to pull out of his slump.