Phillies being shut out at mind-numbing pace

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Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press/AP file photo)

WASHINGTON — There are few answers for a manager whose team cannot score, and that is why Ryne Sandberg deferred to the opposition after Tuesday's 7-0 loss to the Nationals and Jordan Zimmermann.

"We were shut down by a good pitcher," Sandberg said. "He set the tone of the game."

But, at some point, a disturbing trend is more about his lineup than the other team's pitcher. The Phillies were shut out for the seventh time in their last 27 games. It marked their eighth shutout of the season.

That is the most for any Phillies team through 56 games since 1954.

Rk Tm Year #Matching   BA OBP SLG OPS
1 PHI 1918 10 Ind. Games .145 .193 .178 .370
2 PHI 1941 10 Ind. Games .146 .209 .175 .384
                 
3 PHI 1954 9 Ind. Games .153 .225 .176 .401
                 
4 PHI 2014 8 Ind. Games .133 .194 .169 .363
                 
5 PHI 1969 7 Ind. Games .121 .184 .155 .338
6 PHI 1979 7 Ind. Games .169 .226 .224 .449
7 PHI 1922 7 Ind. Games .157 .197 .171 .368
8 PHI 1966 7 Ind. Games .155 .206 .193 .399
9 PHI 1964 7 Ind. Games .102 .171 .132 .303
10 PHI 1985 7 Ind. Games .138 .220 .167 .386
11 PHI 1982 7 Ind. Games .111 .140 .145 .285
12 PHI 1960 7 Ind. Games .147 .200 .175 .375
13 PHI 1970 7 Ind. Games .121 .197 .150 .346
                 

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com

Even more astounding is the 2014 Phillies' performance in those shutouts, as seen above. They have a .363 OPS in the eight shutouts; worse than any of the Phillies teams blanked more than them. And two of those teams are pre-World War II.

If you extrapolate the 14.3 percent shutout rate in 56 games through 162 games, it puts the Phillies on pace to be shut out 23 times in 2014. That would break the team record of 22, established in 1941 and 1969.


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