The Phillies have now posted a record of .500 or better in May in 10 straight seasons, and have 16 wins in the month for five straight years. The month of May has also given the Phillies their first consecutive series wins (of at least three games) of the 2012 campaign after taking three of four against the Cardinals and two of three against the Mets on their seven-game road trip.
The Marlins, on the other hand, have had even more success this May. With a 5-3 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday, the Marlins won a franchise-record 21 games in the month. Along with the team success, Giancarlo Stanton wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers, recording a team-record 12 home runs and 30 RBIs in the month. Miguel Cabrera also drove in 30 runs in one month in 2006.
"I don't follow who's hot or who's not," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I doubt many have put up better numbers than him this month. Maybe somebody out there. I don't know which one. Whoever had better numbers this month better than [Stanton], he had a very good month."
Phillies: Lee still searching for a win
Cliff Lee worked six innings of seven-hit ball Wednesday, allowing three runs in a 10-6 Phillies win. The effort was still not good enough for Lee's first victory of the season, as the Phillies rallied after he departed. The left-hander entered Wednesday's contest with a 2.82 ERA through seven starts, the lowest for a Phillies pitcher without a win since Steve Carlton began 1985 with a 2.41 ERA through his first seven outings.
Kyle Kendrick is looking to build off complete-game shutout when he takes the mound Friday against the Marlins. Kendrick scattered seven hits and struck out four without walking a batter in St. Louis on Saturday, winning his first game of the year.
Marlins: Buehrle looks to duplicate terrific May
After a May to remember for Mark Buehrle, in which he was 4-0 with 3.19 ERA, the left-hander will try to duplicate the success in June. Buehrle got a ringing endorsement from Guillen, who was also with the pitcher in Chicago.
"A lot of people come up with that name, 'He's my ace,'" Guillen said. "The ace, to me, is the one I put there every day. That's my ace. We've got five aces right now. That's all publicity and all that other stuff.
"Like I said the other day, they asked me on the radio, 'Right now, if it's the first game of the playoff, who are you pitching?' I say, 'Mark Buehrle, because I know what I'm going to get.' Nothing against my other four guys, but he's the only one I know exactly what I'm getting for that particular day."
The Marlins had their worst month ever last June, losing a franchise-record 23 games.
The Phillies return home after another successful road trip, in which they tied the Braves for the most wins away from home (16).