The Philadelphia Phillies, in town for three against Arizona, are hoping it'll take them about that long to forget about their season-long offensive drought, which has seen them score just 48 runs -- the second fewest in baseball.
The two clubs square off at Chase Field on Tuesday night, as the Phillies' offense looks get going against Josh Collmenter, who has struggled about as much as the Phils' bats have this season.
Collmenter seemed to show some improvement his last time out, when a few soft hits in the sixth inning ballooned his line to four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He has otherwise been terrible this year, posting a 10.22 ERA in three starts after an almost-as-bad spring.
"He threw the ball really well for us," said manager Kirk Gibson after Collmenter's last outing. "It wasn't really justice what happened to him tonight. But he can certainly feel good about the way he threw the ball."
Collmenter will face Phillies righty Vance Worley, who is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA after pitching seven shutout innings in San Diego his last time out.
Worley will have to contend with D-backs right fielder Justin Upton, who appears to be over a jammed thumb that kept him out of the starting lineup for four games last week. He'll also have to contend with Gerardo Parra, who has been solid in the leadoff spot.
"He's an emerging player right now in all aspects," Gibson said. "He's playing center good. When he picks up the ball everybody stops on the bases. Could he develop into a guy who will be up there a lot? That's one of the signs we'll look at. He's also starting to hit for more power."
Phillies: Pence day to day
Hunter Pence injured his shoulder diving for a ball in the Phillies' loss to San Diego on Sunday. He was out of the lineup Monday and is day to day.
"I haven't got the full diagnosis, so we're not sure yet," Pence said on Monday. "It is what it is. I'm not in there today."
Pence, who is mired in an 0-for-15 slump, was replaced by John Mayberry Jr. on Monday night. Mayberry went 2-for-4.
The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in 10 of their first 17 games this season. They narrowly avoided being shut out on Monday thanks to a five-run ninth that broke up a shutout.
The Phillies have been especially dead on their current 10-game road trip, as they are hitting just .226 through eight games.
D-backs: Drew getting closer
Injured D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew made more progress on Monday, taking ground balls in the hole and running the bases at full-speed for the first time.
"It was encouraging," Drew said. "There's still a ways to go. I have to be able to do it day after day, but it was encouraging."
Drew is slated to play three extended spring training games at Salt River Fields this week.
The D-backs have scored in the 1st inning in 12 of their 17 games this season, for a total of 22 runs.
Upton hit his 1st home run since last Semptember on Monday -- a span of 59 at-bats.
With a loss Tuesday, the Phillies would extend their streak of road series without a victory to four. That would be their longest stretch to start a season since 2002, when they didn't win a series away from Philadelphia until June, in their ninth try.
After going 23-9 against the NL West last season, the Phillies have started 2012 3-5 against those same foes.