The Phils handled the teams in their division in ’07, going 42-30 against the NL East:



NY 12 6
ATL 9 9
WAS 12 6
FLA 9 9

Only the Rockies were better against the teams in their own division than the Phils. Colorado went 43-30, a .589 winning percentage compared to .583 for the Phils. The Cubs had the best mark in the NL Central, they went 45-34 (.569).

For the Phils it was the second straight year they fared well against NL East foes. In ’06 they went 41-31, not quite as good as the Mets who were 45-29 (.608) against the teams of the NL East. The Phillies were 38-37 against the NL East in 2005 and 39-37 in 2004. In ’06 the Mets’ .608 winning percentage against the teams in their division was the best in the NL.

The Phillies and Jayson Werth agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.7 million.

This mailbag from the Phillies web site suggests that the Phillies are torn about whether to use Scott Mathieson as a reliever or a starter. He has started in 84 of his 92 minor league appearances.

Interview with Mike Zagurski here.

This article suggests the Orioles may be closer to sending Erik Bedard to the Mariners.