Phillies’ Scoring Slump is Practically Historic

From Paul Hagen at on April 28:

They [the Phillies] went 14 straight games without scoring more than four runs before Tuesday and that was practically historic. Press-box pal Clem Comly, co-chairman of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) statistical analysis committee, points out that only four times in franchise history have they consistently scored so little for a longer stretch.

They had a 15-game streak in July/August 1902. Sixteen-game streaks in September 1968 and June/July 1942. The club record is 24 straight in April/May 1971. (The major league record is 26, done four times, most recently by the 1969 California Angels.)

To expand that, Comly found only 255 occasions from 1871 to 2010 when a team went at least 14 games with four or fewer runs. Only 10 times did those clubs have a winning record in that span; the Phillies were 9-5.

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Originally published: April 29, 2011. Last Updated: April 29, 2011.