Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Putting 0 for 34 in context

Sunday night ended early for Raul Ibanez, who has now gone 14 days and 34 at-bats without a hit. He was double-switched out of the game in the ninth inning after at-bat No. 34 yielded a weak grounder to second with the bases loaded and two outs in a tie game.

Putting 0 for 34 in context

Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez is now hitless in his last 34 at-bats. (Matt York/AP Photo)
Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez is now hitless in his last 34 at-bats. (Matt York/AP Photo)

Sunday night ended early for Raul Ibanez, who has now gone 14 days and 34 at-bats without a hit. He was double-switched out of the game in the ninth inning after at-bat No. 34 yielded a weak grounder to second with the bases loaded and two outs in a tie game. 

Ibanez is down to .154 for the season and it is beginning to get ugly. Consider this: Ibanez's hitless streak is the sixth-longest for a non-pitcher in modern Phillies history, according to Baseball Reference. Granted, lots of game-by-game and play-by-play data from pre-World War years is unavailable, but this is what we have:

1. Danny Murtaugh -- 36 AB (1942-43)

2. Len Matuszek -- 36 AB (1982-83)

What should the Phillies do with the slumping Raul Ibanez?
Sit him for a while and let him clear his head.
Use him as a pinch-hitter for the foreseeable future.
Keep playing him; he’ll come out of it.

3. Desi Relaford -- 36 AB (1998)

4. Denny Doyle -- 35 AB (1970-71)

5. Joe Morgan -- 35 AB (1983)

The all-time record in all of baseball? That would be 46 at-bats by Brooklyn's Bill Bergen in 1909.


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