Quintet starts 32nd straight playoff game

Quintet starts 32nd straight playoff game

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino have been constants in Philadelphia for years.

Just think about the past four Octobers.

Those five Phillies have started 32 consecutive postseason games together, including Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Friday. Elias Sports Bureau said it is the longest stretch of consecutive starts for one team by five players in baseball history.

"Our whole mantra when [former Phillies general manager] Ed [Wade] took over was to try to get a nice core together, and a lot of those guys are homegrown guys," Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "Bring that core together and see where we'd go with them. It's great to have had that group of guys together."

The streak started in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Rockies at Coors Field.