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Chase Utley's E Pace

It is still early in the season, but Chase Utley is certainly racking up the Es in 2013.

Chase Utley's E Pace

If it seems Chase Utley is racking up the errors faster than the Flyers are going through defensemen, you are correct. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
If it seems Chase Utley is racking up the errors faster than the Flyers are going through defensemen, you are correct. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

If it seems Chase Utley is racking up the errors faster than the Flyers are going through defensemen, you are correct.

Only once in his career has he reached 1, 2, 3 and 4 errors at second base quicker than he has this season ... and the end result of that was a World Championship in 2008.

Below are how many games it took Utley to reach his first four errors of each season, counting only his performance at second base:

 

 UTLEY'S FIRST FOUR ERRORS at 2B EACH SEASON
 
 Season   
 First
 Error
 Second
 Error
 Third
 Error
 Fourth
 Error
 2003    2nd Gm.  12th Gm.  23rd Gm.  —
 2004  13th Gm.    14th Gm.    16th Gm.  24th Gm.
 2005    2nd Gm.    7th Gm.  40th Gm.  49th Gm.
 2006  10th Gm.  19th Gm.  52nd Gm.    56th Gm.  
 2007  33rd Gm.  45th Gm.  66th Gm.  71st Gm.
 2008    2nd Gm.    3rd Gm.    9th Gm.  13th Gm.
 2009    2nd Gm.  21st Gm.  22nd Gm.  31st Gm.
 2010  15th Gm.  15th Gm.  20th Gm.  32nd Gm.
 2011    4th Gm.  13th Gm.  33rd Gm.  54th Gm.
 2012    4th Gm.    9th Gm.  34th Gm.  36th Gm.
 2013    3rd Gm.    5th Gm.  11th Gm.  18th Gm.
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