It was just seven days on the other side of the country. But this was how it always was supposed to look. This was the blueprint drawn up deep in the heart of the David Dombrowski Team Construction Laboratory in Clearwater, Fla., this spring.

Dave Dombrowski’s Phillies were built to mash. They might not catch it every night. They might not dazzle you with their late-inning bullpen artistry. But if it was possible to bash and slash their way to October, they were about to find out.

That isn’t exactly what happened in April. That isn’t exactly what happened in the first week of May. But then last week, they headed off for Seattle and L.A. and …

“I think this past week,” said first baseman Rhys Hoskins, “what you saw on the West Coast is probably what a lot of us envisioned.”

In those seven games on the left coast, the Phillies did exactly what they were built to do. They scored 50 runs (most in baseball during that stretch). They hit 14 home runs (most in baseball). They smoked 31 extra-base hits (most in baseball). They led the majors in average (.287), slugging (.523) and weighted Runs Created Plus (142).

They scored 12 runs in a game started by Walker Buehler. They scored eight runs in a game started by Julio Urías. They won a game started by then-AL ERA leader Logan Gilbert. They won five out of seven and were one strike away from sweeping a four-game series at Dodger Stadium, for the second time in the history of baseball in California.

“I think we’re finally showing glimpses,” said Kyle Schwarber, “of what we knew we could be.”

And then, on Tuesday, they returned to Philadelphia and … got shut out on five hits by Mike Clevinger and the Padres … because baseball … and (as you can no doubt hear two million Philadelphians shouting until their larynxes hurt) because the Phillies seem like they’re always going to Phillie.

But let’s pivot from Tuesday night to a question worth asking about that week on the West Coast: Did the Phillies’ bats really “awaken”? Or is that just a convenient question we ask at times like this to fit our favorite narratives?

Because if you look deeply enough at the data, you might want to ask a totally different question: Given how hard the Phillies were hitting the baseball before they even got on that plane, is it possible that no team in the majors was hurt more, in the first five weeks of this season, by humidors, dead baseballs or whatever the heck was suppressing offense in the early going?