Friday was the start of an important 10-game stretch for the Philadelphia Phillies. With the fourth-oldest roster in the majors, and a so-so first-half of the season at best, decision-makers have to evaluate the Phillies postseason chances before making any decisions ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Are they buyers or sellers?
With just over week before the All-Star break, this stretch of games will go a long way toward answering that question.
Behind the strong arm of Cliff Lee -- one of the best starting pitchers in the National League -- the Phillies got off on the right foot with a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
Here are Three Cuts from the Braves' frustrating loss:
1. Cliff Lee rarely needs much help, but he got some anyway.
Lee is now 8-0 in his last 12 starts, his first 8-0 stretch since Aug. 2009. But he has had his way with the Braves for quite some time. After starting out 1-3 against Atlanta with a 6.15 ERA, Lee has now gone 5-1 in his last seven s...