Recipe for a Shutout- MLB's recently worst offense versus MLB's best pitching staff.
The Phillies have been scoring (or I should say not scoring) runs at a historically low rate. Over the past games 15 they've averaged only 1.7 runs per game and fell out of 1st place while going 4-11.
The Padres, 32-21, as a staff have a 2.97 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, have crafted 9 shutouts, and have held opponents to a .230 batting average. They may seem like a bunch of no-names, but collectively they've been brilliant.
Slated to pitch for San Diego: Friday- Mat Latos 3.08/1.01, Saturday- Jon Garland 2.15/1.28, Sunday- Kevin Correia 4.55/1.33, and Monday- Wade LeBlanc 3.67/1.55. They catch a break by missing lefty Clayton Richard (2.87 ERA).
Their starting pitching is only half of the equation for success, as it is their bullpen that is sporting the eye-popping numbers. Mike Adams, Heath Bell, Joe Thatcher, Ryan Webb, and Luke Gregerson all own sub-3 ERAs.