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The shock of shutouts

Posted on: May 28, 2010 1:00 am
Edited on: May 28, 2010 1:03 am
 
NEW YORK -- First off, the answer is no.

No, this doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the Phillies. Not anything that matters.

But the second answer is yes.

Yes, it's shocking to see this team get shut out three straight games. And four times in five games. And, if not for those three otherwise meaningless ninth-inning runs (in an 8-3 loss) Sunday, five times in five games.

As of Friday, when the Phillies take the field in Florida, it will have been a full week since they last scored a run off a starting pitcher. A week since they scored a run that mattered.

No Ryan Howard home runs. No Chase Utley home runs. No Jayson Werth RBIs.

Nothing.

You'd be less stunned to hear that the Phillies scored in every inning of a three-game series. You'd be a lot less stunned if the Phillies threw three straight shutouts.

"Weird things happen," Cole Hamels said.

"We've hit some of the greatest pitchers in baseball," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We're going to come out of it. When, I don't know."

Then he added, "Sometimes you eat the bear. Sometimes the bear eats you."

And sometimes you just have to sit back and laugh, which is what Manuel did next.

"Panicking ain't going to do no good," he said.

You don't panic when you're still in first place. And it's still May. And you still have the best team in the National League.

"People will forget about it once we're at the top of the division at the end of the season," Hamels said. "Once we make our way to the playoffs, nobody's going to really remember it."

Oh, we'll remember.

We'll remember the next time a team gets shut out three straight games. We'll remember the next time a team goes an entire series without scoring a run.

We'll look back through the records, just as we looked back through them as Mike Pelfrey and the Mets bullpen were shutting out the Phillies in Thursday's 3-0 New York win.

We'll see the 2007 Dodgers and the 2007 Braves, the last two teams before this to go scoreless in back-to-back-to-back games. We'll see the 2004 Royals, the last team before this to go scoreless in back-to-back-to-back games in the same series.

We'll look back and see the 1992 Cubs and the 1985 Braves, the last two teams to get shut out in four straight games.

We'll see the 2004 Expos and the 1995 Tigers and the 1992 Mets and the 1991 Indians, and all the other woeful teams that were blanked three straight times.

Then we'll see the 2010 Phillies on the list, and we'll be every bit as stunned as we are now.

The 2010 Phillies? They were shut out three straight times?

How in the world did that happen?

Sometimes you eat the bear. Sometimes the bear eats you.

Oh, and one more thing: The last team to get shut out three straight times and then make it to the World Series? The 1983 Phillies, of course.

Here's guessing that people were shocked at that, too.

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