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Roy Oswalt blanks Mets for the Phillies' 18th shutout of 2010

Sep 13, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

Roy Oswalt tossed a complete-game shutout of the Mets yesterday, marking the 18th time this season the Phillies have held an opponent scoreless. Not only is that the most shutouts by a Phillies team since 1965, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that just five teams since 1989 have hurled more shutouts.
Those five teams were the 1992 Braves, 1992 Pirates, 1998 Braves, 2002 A’s, and 2007 Padres. All but the Padres made the playoffs, and even San Diego won 89 games that year. Of course, simply making the playoffs likely won’t be a problem for the Phillies and as noted last week capturing homefield advantage would put them in position to rely exclusively on Oswalt (2.94 ERA), Roy Halladay (2.44), and Cole Hamels (3.06) in the first round.
Of their 18 shutouts, Halladay started eight of them, Hamels started four of them, and Oswalt started three of them (despite not joining the team until midseason). J.A. Happ, Jamie Moyer, and Kyle Kendrick started one apiece. All of which means the Phillies have blanked their opponent in 26.4 percent of the games started by The Big Three.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    How about the 2010 Padres and, get this, New York Mets who also have…18 shutouts. Seems that when 3 teams have 18 shutouts in the same season, it means it isn’t all that great for the Phillies, right? Maybe Todd should have looked into it a little more deeply before going back a hundred years. Could have just looked at 2010.

  2. Aarcraft - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    I’m still pretty sure that country boy won’t be able to handle the big city pressures of Philadelphia.

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Three of the Mutts’ were against the Phightins in the span of three days, and four in the span of four head-to-heads.

  4. Jonny5 - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Ahh, no different than Houston, which is a HUGE city btw… Philly just has more english speaking a-holes.

  5. Adenzeno - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Que’?

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