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Walk Watch: Day 5

Jimmy RollinsThe Phillies have not walked in a game since the eighth inning Sunday in Miami, when Chad Qualls intentionally walked Domonic Brown.

They have not earned a true walk since the sixth inning Sunday, when John Mayberry Jr. got a free pass.

The Phillies have played four consecutive games without a walk, which is a truly remarkable feat. It is the longest streak in baseball since the Chicago White Sox played four consecutive games without a walk in Aug. 2011. It is the longest streak in the National League since the Arizona Diamondbacks played four consecutive games without a walk in Aug. 2009.

The Phillies are just the fourth NL team to hit that mark since 1935. The 2009 Diamondbacks, 1976 Montreal Expos and 1952 New York Giants are the others.

Can they get a walk tonight? They are just one game from tying the single-season modern baseball record, according to Baseball Reference. The Phillies opened the 1920 season with five consecutive games without a walk. (They finished the 1919 season with two games without a walk, bringing the overall record to seven games.) The Phillies face Jamie Garcia tonight. He has walked nine batters in 19 1/3 innings.

Oh, how times have changed. Here are the Phillies’ walks totals since Charlie Manuel became manager in 2005, where they ranked in the National League in walks and where they finished in the league in scoring :

  • 2005: 639, first in walks (2nd in scoring).
  • 2006: 626, first (1st).
  • 2007: 641, first (1st).
  • 2008: 586, fifth (tied 2nd).
  • 2009: 589, seventh (1st).
  • 2010: 560, fourth (2nd).
  • 2011: 539, fifth (7th).
  • 2012: 454, thirteenth (8th).
  • 2013: 34, fourteenth (11th).

The Law of Averages

Chase Utley doesn’t say much, but when he talks he can make a lot of sense.

During those seasons when the Phillies had the best offense in the National League, they had slumps like every team. And during those slumps reporters would ask Utley about all the runners they left on base. He normally would say something like, “Yeah, we’d love to score every runner we put on base, but the important thing is we’re getting runners on. If we keep doing that eventually we’re going to score.”

Like, Guys, it’s the law of averages. Relax. Seriously.

(I remember people wanted the Phillies to play small ball during those seasons because they relied too much on the home run. That sounds so ridiculous right now, doesn’t it?)

The Phillies left lots of runners on base during those seasons because they put lots of runners on base.

That’s not happening early this season.