May 13 was a beautiful Sunday. The temperature was 79 degrees at first pitch and the Phillies won a game against San Diego by outscoring them 3-2.
That was 44 days ago, the last time the Phillies won a game when scoring three or fewer runs.
It's not necessarily relevant to anything right now, other than an enlightening look at how the expected narrative of 2012 has fallen by the wayside. The Phillies are 4-28 (.125) when they score three or fewer runs; only Boston, Minnesota, Colorado and Arizona have worse marks.
Last season, the Phillies were a staggering 30-47 (.390) when scoring three or fewer runs. That was the sixth best record for any team in the past 30 seasons:
Even when expanding to four runs or fewer, the Phillies have not notched a win since May 26 (a 4-0 victory over St. Louis). In fact, the Phillies have not won a game in which they scored fewer than six runs since May 26. That's a month. Incredible.
(An interesting aside: This year's Washington Nationals are 14-24 (.368) when scoring three or fewer runs. That would be ninth best in the last 30 years. The Phillies were able to remarkably sustain it for a full season. Can Washington?)
So while Chase Utley's likely return Wednesday will undoubtedly provide a boost, the pitching staff is really the issue. But you knew that, right?
The lineup on Utley Eve:
1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Hunter Pence 9
4. Carlos Ruiz 2
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. Ty Wigginton 3
7. John Mayberry Jr. 7
8. Mike Fontenot 4
9. Vance Worley 1
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