Phillies take over top spot

Author:
Publish date:

To update a phrase: Neither home, nor road, nor day, nor gloom of night, stays these Phillies from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

This year's Phillies have been dependable and efficient, boasting winning records in nearly every split: home or road, daylight or nighttime, one-run games or blowouts, against the East, Central or West. The lone blemish is a 1-2 record in extra-inning games.

Otherwise Philadelphia, a preseason favorite to have an historically great season, has the best record in the majors at 24-12, a .667 winning percentage. The Phillies don't have a winning streak longer than five, but only twice have they lost back-to-back games. Through their steady and at times spectacular play -- they've shutout six opponents already -- the Phils claim the top spot in this week's SI.com MLB Power Rankings.

The schedule gets tougher from here, however. Only seven National League teams had winning records last year. The Phillies, of course, were one of them and thus far they've only played two of the other six clubs with 2010 winning records for a total of 10 games (going 7-3), though their next five series -- at Atlanta and St. Louis and then home for Colorado, Texas and Cincinnati -- all feature teams with 2011 winning records.

NOTE: All stats are updated through Wednesday, May 11.

MLB Power Rankings