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.
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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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