Hittin' Season! One historic Phillies road trip, by the numbers


They were one out away from a four-game sweep in L.A. and a 6-1 road trip, but you can’t argue with the fact that the offense is fully engaged. The trip went far better than expected, and could be a harbinger of big things to come. Let’s delve into the numbers.

Taking Down L.A. – This weekend was the first time the Phillies won three straight games at Dodger Stadium since August of 2011, when Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Kyle Kendrick hemmed up Hollywood on the way to their fifth straight division title.

Not Great, For Starters – Entering the series against the Phillies, the Dodgers starting rotation had an other-worldly ERA of 1.78 for the season. Only once had a Dodgers starter allowed more than three earned runs in any of the team’s first 29 games leading up to this series. They allowed 17 earned runs in the first three games of the series. That’s equal to the amount of ER they allowed in their previous 15 starts leading up to the series opener against the Phillies.

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Hollywood Blockbuster – The Phillies scored 29 runs in the first three games of the series in L.A., tied for the most any visiting team has scored in three consecutive games in one season at Dodger Stadium against the Dodgers. Note that I said against the Dodgers. The record for most runs scored by a visitor in three straight games in season at Dodger Stadium is 31 by the White Sox in 1962 against the Angels, who played their home games at Chavez Ravine from 1962-1965.

Taking ‘em Deep – Dodgers starting pitchers had allowed ten (!) home runs in the team’s first 29 games this season. They allowed seven homers in the first three games of the series. That’s the same amount they allowed in their previous 20 collective starts. Saturday’s starter, Julio Urias, making his 77th career start, allowed four homers for the first time in his career. In fact, in 49 of his starts, he allowed zero homers.

The last time a Dodgers starter allowed four home runs in a home game was Clayton Kershaw in a 10-6 win over the Mets in June 2017. The Mets’ starter that day? Zack Wheeler.

The MVP, Doing MVP Things – Bryce Harper entered the series in L.A. as one of the hottest hitters in baseball, and he has actually gotten hotter. He had a home run in each of the first three games of the series, in addition to four doubles. He’s the 2nd player to hit seven extra-base hits in a three-game span at Dodger Stadium in the 60-year history of the building. That includes Dodgers players, folks. 

The only other player to do so is Adrian Gonzalez, who had 5 HR and 2 doubles in the season-opening series vs the Padres in 2015. He was given the day off Sunday, but on the 7-game road trip, Harper went 14-for-23 (.609), with 8 runs scored, six doubles, 3 homers and 8 RBI, raising his season OPS from .794 to .994 for the season.

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Slamming the Door – The Phillies won the middle game of the series in Seattle on the strength of a grand slam by Rhys Hoskins. It was the only runs they would score in a 4-2 win. The last time they won a road game in which the only runs they scored was on a grand slam was September 15, 2006, when a Pat Burrell salami was all they needed in a 4-3 win over Roger Clemens and the Astros.

Extra, Extra – In all, the Phillies mashed Dodgers pitching for 20 extra-base hits in the 4-game series. The last time they had 20 extra-base hits in a 4-game road series was all the way back in July of 2021, when the Phils laid waste to Wrigley Field with a team-record 23 extra-base knocks (10 2B, 13 HR) 

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