When the Phillies score four or more runs, they win. And the general response to that will be, "Duh."
But the Phillies don't just win when they score four or more runs. They win almost every single time it happens. And right now they are on a historic pace.
No team since 1943 has compiled as high a winning percentage when scoring four or more runs the current Phillies have. They are 34-3, winning 92 percent of the time.
SCORING FOUR OR MORE RUNS
More than a month ago, we wrote about four being a magic number. The winning percentage is even better now. Those three losses when scoring four or more came with none of the Big Three pitching:
April 12: Nationals 7, Phillies 4 -- Joe Blanton allowed five runs in six innings. Phillies scored a meaningless run in the ninth to make it qualify under these parameters.
April 26: Diamondbacks 7, Phillies 5 -- Roy Oswalt allowed five runs in three innings, his last start before leaving for Mississippi. Ben Francisco hit a meaningless two-run home run in the ninth to make it qualify.
May 29: Mets 9, Phillies 5 -- Vance Worley was shelled, allowing eight runs in three innings. Phillies scored three in the eighth and once in the ninth, again, all meaningless runs at the time.
With John Lackey and Worley squaring off Wednesday night, this theory could be tested.
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