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Phillies on pace for most shutouts since Braves in 1992

Sep 1, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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Last night Cliff Lee threw 8.2 scoreless innings and Ryan Madson came in to get the final out as the Phillies shut out the Reds.

It was the 19th time this season the Phillies have held their opponent scoreless, which is the most in baseball this year:

Phillies     19
Rangers      16
Dodgers      15
Braves       14
Rays         13

And here’s a list of the most shutouts in a season during the past 20 years:

Braves       1992     24
Braves       1998     23
Phillies     2010     21
Pirates      1992     20
Padres       2007     20
Padres       2010     20

At their current pace the Phillies will end up with 23 shutouts, which would be the most since Atlanta had 24 in 1992. That team had John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Steve Avery, and Charlie Leibrandt in the rotation and lost to the Blue Jays in the World Series. And then that offseason they signed Greg Maddux away from the Cubs.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Who cares about this when the Phillies future is so murky? I know I don’t. All I can think about is how dark and cheerless the Phillies are going to be after this year.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      What I find more surprising is that the Rangers and the Dodgers aren’t THAT far behind the Phillies in shutout totals.

      Definitely an impressive all-around year for pitching.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        Or is it an unimpressive all-around year for hitting?

  2. spidermyer - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    umm ok, seems like they will still have dominant pitching for years to come

  3. FC - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    That team had John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Steve Avery, and Charlie Leibrandt in the rotation and lost to the Blue Jays in the World Series

    It’s a good thing the Blue Jays aren’t in contention! Pheww! 😉

    • firedude7160 - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      I think it’s safe to say I would loose my mind after a repeat of the ’93 WS. Thankfully Lidge is a little better that Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams

  4. The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Not a good list to be on.

    Padres: 2007 and 2010. Total Championships within the next 3 years: 0
    Pirates: 1992. Championships: 0
    Braves: 1992, 1998. Championships: 0. They did win in 1995, right in between the two years of dominant pitching, but not when they were shutting people out.

    Conclusion: Good pitching hurts teams. It’s irrefutable.

    • firedude7160 - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:13 AM

      I think that was a very good use of stats to prove future events

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