The Phillies have completed the first month of their World Series title defense, appearing noticeably different from last year's championship team.
Pitching and defense carried the Phils in 2008 despite disappointing seasons from many of their hitters. This season, a shaky rotation and injured closer have so far been buoyed by timely offense.
Here is a breakdown of interesting April numbers:
Wins, against nine losses.
The Phillies' April record last season.
Phillies' team batting average, up from .255 in 2008.