Saturday, June 25, 2016

Phillies Missing Links of the 1980s - #16 Al Pardo

#31
Alberto Judas Pardo
Catcher

For two straight years in 1988 and 1989, when the Phillies needed to add an additional catcher to their bench in September, Al Pardo got the call.  Wearing #35 in 1988 and #31 in 1989, Pardo accumulated only three at-bats in his two stints with the Phillies, striking out twice and grounding out to second.  Prior to his brief Phillies career, Pardo was a back-up catcher for the Orioles, playing in 50 games in 1985 and 1986.

As of this writing, Pardo is one of only four players born in Spain to have reached the Majors.

Bats:  Both  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  187
Born:  September 8, 1962, Oviedo, Spain
Drafted:  Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2nd round of the 1980 amateur draft, June 3, 1980
Major League Teams:  Baltimore Orioles 1985-1986; Phillies 1988-1989
Professional Affiliations:  Baltimore Orioles 1980-1986; Atlanta Braves 1987; New York Mets 1987-1988; Phillies 1988-1989; Yucaton Leones 1993

Pardo also appears to have spent time playing in China and Japan.

Phillies Career
3 games, 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts
Acquired:  Purchased from the New York Mets, July 30, 1988
Debut:  September 5, 1988 (Game 1) - Entered the game in the sixth inning, replacing John Russell in a blow-out loss to the Cubs
Final Game:  September 9, 1989
Departed:  Released, October 11, 1989

1986 Donruss #489
 
1986 Topps #279
 
1989 CMC Scranton/Wilkes-
Barre Red Barons #21
1989 ProCards #711
 
2 Pardo Baseball Card in My Collection
First Card:  1989 CMC Scraton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #21
Last Card:  1989 ProCards #711

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1986 Donruss #489
First Topps Base Card:  1986 Topps #279
Last Mainstream Card:  1986 Topps #279
Other Notable Cards:  1981 TCMA Miami Orioles #2, 1988 ProCards #1594

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  I will make my way through the decade of the 1980s first and then work my way forward.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Series Preview - Phillies at Giants: June 24th to June 26th


Friday 10:15, Saturday 10:05 and Sunday 4:05
AT&T Park - San Francisco, CA

At the Ballpark:  There's a postgame fireworks show tonight.  On Saturday, the first 40,000 fans will receive a Madison Bumgarner bobble head and on Sunday afternoon, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Giants LED watch.

1970 Topps #28
1970 Topps #77
1970 Topps Appreciation:  On November 7, 1973, the Phillies traded pitcher Billy Wilson to the Brewers for pitcher Frank Linzy.

As I wrote in a series preview post a few years ago, Wilson spent his entire five-year career with the Phillies, going 9-15 in 179 games between 1969 and 1973.  Originally drafted in 1962, Wilson spent seven seasons in the minors before getting the call and making his debut as a 26-year-old on April 8, 1969.  He'd never actually pitch for the Brewers.

Linzy had put together a relatively successful career as a reliever with the Giants, Cardinals and Brewers and 1974 was to be his final year in the Majors.  With the Phillies that season, Linzy appeared in 22 games pitching to a 3.28 ERA.  His sole Phillies baseball card can be found within the 1974 Phillies Photocards set.

Aloha!


The Phillies Room will be on auto-pilot until early July due some routine annual maintenance and scheduled staff vacations.

During this time, stay tuned for a daily post featuring a Phillies Missing Links custom card, featuring players from the 1980s and 1990s who spent time with the team but never appeared on a Phillies baseball card.  (Please see this post for an explanation of this project.)

Mahalo and go Phils!

2016 Phillies Team Issue 2 #13 Freddy Galvis

Phillies 7Twins 3
Game 74 - Thursday Afternoon, June 23rd in Minneapolis
Record - 31-43, 4th place, 12 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jared Eickhoff and Freddy Galvis helped the Phillies break their 9-game losing streak in a 7-3 win over the Twins.

What It Means:  This is the Phillies third win in their last 17 games and Eickhoff has won all three. It doesn't get any easier for the team as they'll now head to San Francisco for a three game series with the first place Giants.

What Happened:  Eickhoff held the Twins to two runs (one earned) over six innings on five hits. The offense showed life for the third straight game, knocking out 15 hits.  Galvis had a five-RBI day, capped by his three-run home run in the eighth inning.  Ryan Howard also homered (11) and singled, marking his first multi-hit game since April 29th.

Featured Card:  This is Galvis' card from the second team issued photo card set.

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

1982 Donruss #354 Pete Mackanin

Twins 6Phillies 5
Game 73 - Late Wednesday Night, June 22nd in Minneapolis
Record - 30-43, 4th place, 13 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Adam Morgan had another mediocre outing and the Twins edged the Phillies, 6-5.

What It Means:  The free fall continues and the Phillies now have a nine-game losing streak.

What Happened:  Home runs from Cameron Rupp (6) and Andres Blanco (3), RBI singles from Blanco and Ryan Howard and a big error from Twins right fielder Max Kepler gave the Phils a 5-2 lead in the fifth.  The Twins battled back though with the big blow being a two-run triple from Eduardo Escobar that Peter Bourjos probably should have caught.

Morgan gave up 11 hits and five runs (four earned) in his five innings of work, and he's most likely IronPigs-bound once Vince Velasquez is activated from the disabled list.

Featured Card:  I'm at a complete loss, so here's another card of manager Pete Mackanin with the Twins.  This card comes from of my all-time favorite sets - 1982 Donruss.

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1982 Fleer #556 Pete Mackanin

Twins 14Phillies 10
Game 72 - Tuesday Night, June 21st in Minneapolis
Record - 30-42, 4th place, 13 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies found their bats, but Aaron Nola suffered his third straight early exit and the Twins won a 14-10 slugfest.

What It Means:  For the third straight start, Nola failed to make it out of the fourth inning.  He has a 15.83 ERA in that span, allowing 17 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings.  The Phillies are mired in an eight-game losing streak.

What Happened:  Peter Bourjos (2), Tommy Joseph (8), Cameron Rupp (5) and Maikel Franco (12) all homered for the Phillies.  Bourjos and Cody Asche both had three hits.  Nola's shaky start put the Phillies in an early hole and David Hernandez allowed three runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Featured Card:  Manager Pete Mackanin joked before the game that the Twins had retired his #14 after he had worn it.  This is partially true, as Mackanin wore that number for his final two seasons in the Majors in 1980 and 1981.  Immediately after Mackanin wore the number, it was inherited by Kent Hrbek who wore it between 1982 and 1994 before the Twins retired it in his honor . . . and not Mackanin's.

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Series Preview - Phillies at Twins: June 21st through June 23rd


Tuesday and Wednesday 8:10, Thursday 1:10
Target Field - Minneapolis, MN

Phillies 30-41, 4th place in the N.L. East, 13 games behind the Nationals
Twins 21-48, 5th place in the A.L. Central, 18 games behind the Indians

Phillies Probables:  Aaron Nola (5-6, 3.51), Adam Morgan (1-6, 6.49), Jared Eickhoff (4-9, 3.49)
Twins Probables:  Tyler Duffey (2-6, 5.56), Kyle Gibson (0-5, 6.06), Tommy Milone (0-1, 5.79)

At the Ballpark:  Tonight, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Twins travel bag.  On Thursday afternoon, all fans will receive a giant 2016 Topps card of Glen Perkins.  Topps has created an oversized card set featuring one card per team and the cards are only available at select games this season.  The complete calendar and a checklist of available cards can be found here.  (I've already added the Nola card to my 2016 Phillies binder.)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .302
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 36
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 11
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 33
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 9

Wins:  Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez - 5
ERA:  Jared Eickhoff - 3.49
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 93
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 19

Twins Leaders
Average:  Eduardo Nunez - .321
Runs:  Brian Dozier and Eduardo Nunez - 33
Home Runs:  Byung-ho Park - 12
RBIs:  Miguel Sano - 27
Stolen Bases:  Eduardo Nunez - 16

Wins:  Ricky Nolasco - 3
ERA:  Ervin Santana - 4.83
Strikeouts:  Ricky Nolasco - 73
Saves:  Kevin Jepsen - 7

1970 Topps #288
1970 Topps #25
1970 Topps #75
1970 Topps #194
1970 Topps Appreciation:  We've got a quartet of former Phillies and Twins players for this edition of 1970 Topps Appreciation, and I'm cheating a little here since the first three players above were already featured together in a series preview post back in 2013.  That season, I took a look at the 1973 Topps set, and here's what I wrote then:
It's a trio of former Phillies and Twins for today's flashback.  Of the three, utility player Cesar Tovar spent the least amount of time with the Phillies.  Tovar began his career with eight respectable years with the Twins, finishing in the top 25 of the A.L. MVP voting in five consecutive seasons.  He was the A.L. leader in doubles (36) and triples (13) in 1970, and he led the league in hits (204) in 1971. The Phils acquired him prior to the 1973 season for Joe LisKen Reynolds and Ken Sanders
Tovar had an unforgettable single season in the N.L. with the Phils, hitting .268 in 97 games while seeing time at third base, second base and all three outfield positions . . . 
[Jim] Kaat was an original member of the first Minnesota Twins team in 1961, after the franchise relocated from Washington.  The bulk of his 25 year career was spent in Minnesota, and he's second on the franchise's all-time wins list (190) behind Walter Johnson's 417.  Kaat played until 1983, earning the distinction of being the last active former member of the Washington Senators. 
Kaat and [Larry] Hisle were teammates on the Twins for only part of the 1973 season, as Kaat was waived and picked up by the White Sox in August.
The newcomer for this post is Charlie "Chuck" Manuel who is much more famous for guiding the Phillies to a 2008 World Champtionship than he is for his time playing for the Twins.  Here's what I wrote when I originally featured his 1970 Topps card in a post from 2010:
Chuck (now known as Charlie) Manuel was signed by the Twins as an amateur free agent in 1963. He worked his way up through the Twins' minor league system from 1963 through 1968, eventually making his big league debut on Opening Day 1969. (He pinch-hit for pitcher Ron Perranoski in the 12th inning of a game the Twins would eventually lose, grounding to second off Royals' pitcher Moe Drabowsky.) Billy Martin led the Twins to the AL West pennant in 1969, but the team was swept in the ALCS by the Orioles. 
Manuel stuck with the Twins for the entire '69 season and he's featured here on his 1970 Topps rookie card. The back of the card mentions that Manuel "hits with power" despite his low home run totals throughout his professional career. The cartoon is interesting in that it features a blindfolded Manuel happily displaying his bunting prowess. I never would have pegged Manuel as an expert bunter, but there you have it. 
He'd play in parts of the next 3 seasons with the Twins, appearing in 223 games and compiling a .199 batting average with 4 home runs. In October 1973, which was a very good month, Manuel was traded to the Dodgers with Glenn Ezell for Mike Floyd and Jim Fairey, ending his Twins career.

1964 Topps Giants #36 Johnny Callison

Diamondbacks 3Phillies 1
Game 71 - Monday Afternoon, June 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 30-41

One Sentence Summary:  The Diamondbacks completed the four-game sweep of the Phillies, 3-1, as the team's offensive woes continued.

What It Means:  Each time I think the Phillies have hit rock bottom, they add another loss to their tally.  The team has lost seven in a row and 11 of their last 12 games.  They'll now head to Minnesota to open a three game series against the worst team in baseball.

What Happened:  Jeremy Hellickson gave up three first inning runs and then settled down for the duration of his outing.  He ended up pitching seven strong innings, allowing six hits (only two after the first inning) and striking out six.  The offense had six hits and went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Featured Card:  As pointed out during this game's radio broadcast, this is the first time the Phillies have had a winless homestand of six games or more since September 1964, when their entire world fell apart around them.

In one of the greatest, most devastating collapses in baseball history, the 1964 Phillies had a 6 1/2 game lead in the National League on September 20th with 12 games to play.  On September 21st, they'd lose the first of 10 games in a row, including seven in a row at home to the Reds and Braves, to drop out of first place.

Bring on the Twins!

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 Topps Archives 1985 Topps Father-Son #FS-BB Bob & Bret Boone

Diamondbacks 5Phillies 1
Game 70 - Sunday Afternoon, June 19th in Philadelphia
Record - 30-40

One Sentence Summary:  Zach Eflin rebounded nicely in his second Major League start, but the offense was once again dormant in this 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

What It Means:  The Phillies have themselves a six-game losing streak and they've lost 10 of their last 11 games.  They haven't scored four runs or more in a game since last Sunday.

What Happened:  Eflin pitched into the sixth inning, allowing two runs on four hits, lowering his ERA to 10.80.  The offense managed only three singles, and their lone run scored on a bases loaded double play ball hit by Tommy Joseph.

Featured Card:  The current Phillies squad (with the exception of Eflin) didn't do much in this game to merit a featured card, so I'll go with a card of the duo that threw out the first pitch before this game. Bob Boone threw the ceremonial first pitch to his son Bret Boone, as both were on hand for the Phillies' Father's Day festivities.

This card is an update of the subset found within the 1985 Topps set and I recently pulled it from a pack of 2016 Topps Archives.  Bob Boone had a card in that original set with his father, Ray.  Bob and Ray were also featured on a similar subset within the 1976 Topps set.

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

2016 Topps Archives #258 Odubel Herrera

Diamondbacks 4Phillies 1
Game 69 - Saturday Afternoon, June 18th in Philadelphia
Record - 30-39, 4th place, 13 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The offensive woes continued as Zack Greinke pitched the Diamondbacks to a 4-1 victory.

What It Means:  The Phillies are mired in a five game losing streak.

What Happened:  Odubel Herrera hit a first inning solo home run and then everything went quiet for the Phillies.  Their next hit didn't come until Andres Blanco led off the seventh with a single.

Featured Card:  For Father's Day, I let my sons pick the featured card for this post.  Since Herrera provided the only real excitement for the Phillies in this game, he got the nod from both of them.

Field Report:  We took advantage of the wonderful weather yesterday and purchased four tickets in Section 110 for this game.  We were assured the tickets would be in the shade, underneath an overhang . . . and we were for about an inning and a half.  The hot sun and another crappy Phillies game made us decide to walk around the ballpark more than we usually would, taking in the sights and sounds and food.

For those interested, I asked two different vendors (at both Newstand locations) if Tommy Joseph was now included within the team issued photo card sets.  Both vendors were kind enough to open the sets and look through each one, confirming that Joseph wasn't included yet.  The second vendor I spoke to informed us that a third team issued set was likely to be released following the All-Star break.


We can home with four Maikel Franco bobble heads, although one of the bobble heads immediately lost both arms when I tried to insert Franco's bat into his batting gloves.  Unfortunately, this is a very symbolic representation of the current state of the Phillies offense.

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

1999 SkyBox Premium Autographics #42 Robert Person

Diamondbacks 10Phillies 2
Game 68 - Friday Night, June 17th in Philadelphia
Record - 30-38, 4th place, 13 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The free fall continued as every aspect of the Phillies game looked awful in a 10-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

What It Means:  As pointed out in this Tweet from Meghan Montemurro, the 17 home runs allowed by Phillies pitchers in their last four games is a franchise record in a four-game span.  The previous record of 16 home runs allowed was set by the 1999 Phillies over two different four-game spans between September 3rd and September 6th, and between September 4th and September 7th.

I put together the little chart below to show those responsible for this damage.

What Happened:  A pair of errors by Cesar Hernandez led to three unearned runs in this game. Adam Morgan departed in the fifth having allowed 10 hits and seven runs, although he did strike out eight.  Cameron Rupp's two run triple in the first was the sole bright spot of this game.

Featured Card:  Despite appearing in 31 games for the 1999 Phillies, I believe this is Robert Person's only Phillies baseball card from that season.


Transaction:  Desperately in need of fresh bullpen arms, Colton Murray was sent down to Lehigh Valley and Severino Gonzalez was recalled to take his place.  Gonzalez had started seven games for the Phillies last season, pitching to a 7.92 ERA.  He's had more success so far this season as a reliever.

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

2016 Chachi #47 Severino Gonzalez

#52
Severino Yunier Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  155
Born:  September 28, 1992, Santiago de Veregua, Panama
Home:  Santiago de Veregua, Panama
Signed:  Signed as an amateur free agent, April 27, 2011
Teams:  Phillies 2015-
Acquired:  Via free agency

2013 Grandstand
Clearwater Threshers #13
2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect
Autographs #BCAP-SG
2015 Chachi #36
 
2015 Topps Update #US166
 
7 Gonzalez Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2013 Grandstand Clearwater Threshers #13
First Phillies Card:  2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs #BCAP-SG
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2015 Topps Update #US166
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Latest Card:  2015 Topps Update #US166

Complete Chachi Checklist
2015 Chachi #36
2016 Chachi #47

Card statistics through 6/17/16.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Series Preview - Diamondbacks at Phillies: June 17th through June 20th


Friday 7:05, Saturday 3:05, Sunday 1:35 and Monday 1:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Diamondbacks 29-39, 4th place in the N.L. West, 12 1/2 games behind the Giants
Phillies 30-37, 4th place in the N.L. East, 12 games behind the Nationals

Diamondbacks Probables:  Robbie Ray (3-5, 4.57), Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.75), Shelby Miller (1-6, 7.09), Archie Bradley (2-3, 5.66)
Phillies Probables:  Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.33), Jared Eickhoff (4-8, 3.40), Zach Eflin (0-1, 27.00), Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 4.46)

At the Ballpark:  In the only bobble head give-away of the season, all fans attending Saturday's game will receive a Maikel Franco bobble figurine.  On Sunday, Father's Appreciation Day, all men 15 and over will receive a Phillies Hawaiian shirt.

Diamondbacks Leaders
Average:  Jean Segura - .305
Runs:  Paul Goldschmidt - 36
Home Runs:  Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb - 12
RBIs:  Paul Goldschmidt - 42
Stolen Bases:  Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings - 8

Wins:  Zack Greinke - 9
ERA:  Zack Greinke - 3.75
Strikeouts:  Zack Greinke - 79
Saves:  Brad Ziegler - 13

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .309
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 35
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 11
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 33
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 8

Wins:  Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez - 5
ERA:  Jared Eickhoff - 3.40
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 93
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 19

2009 Upper Deck Inkredible #INK-JH J.A. Happ

Blue Jays 13Phillies 2
Game 67 - Thursday Night, June 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 30-37, 4th place, 11 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies suffered through a brutal beat-down from the Blue Jays, not doing anything right, and losing by a lopsided 13-2 score.

What It Means:  Since the team's high-water mark of 24-17 on May 18th, they're 6-20, which is the worst record in baseball during that span.  May 18th was the day the Phillies were briefly tied with the Nationals for first place in the division and they're now 11 games back.

What Happened:  Aaron Nola had his worst ever start, getting pulled in the fourth after he couldn't retire a batter.  He allowed eight runs on six hits.  David Hernandez was on the mound for an awful eighth inning, allowing four runs on five hits.  This was also the inning during which Odubel Herrera thought he had caught the third out and nonchalantly tossed the ball into the outfield stands.

Manager Pete Mackanin called his first ever post-game team meeting following the game.

Featured Card:  Former Phillie J.A. Happ is having a nice season for the Jays.  He earned his eighth win in this game, allowing just three hits in his seven innings of work.

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

2016 Topps #655 Domonic Brown

Blue Jays 7Phillies 2
Game 66 - Wednesday Night, June 15th in Philadelphia
Record - 30-36, 4th place, 11 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeremy Hellickson and Hector Neris couldn't keep the Blue Jays off the scoreboard, as the Phillies lost 7-2.

What It Means:  Unlike the stretch of games in which the Phillies were consistently winning in early May, it doesn't ever seem as if the Phillies have a chance to win in this recent stretch of games.  They're just not playing well.

What Happened:  On the plus side, Cody Asche went 3 for 4 in this game with his second home run.  Hellickson was touched for four runs in his six innings and Neris gave up three more runs in just 2/3 of an inning.  Neris has given up eight earned runs in 6 1/3 innings since May 30h for an ERA of 11.37.

Featured Card:  My wife Jenna stalked the Target baseball card aisle yesterday, hoping to find packs of the newly released Topps Series 2.  She was successful on her second attempt, although our oldest son Doug had to ask a Target employee to open one of the sealed Topps boxes sitting in the aisle.  I was very surprised to find the card featured here within my stack of fresh Series 2 cards.

Domonic Brown signed with the Blue Jays on February 25th as a minor league free agent and he's not on the team's 40-man roster.  In 62 games this season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, Brown is hitting .233 (54 for 232) with six home runs and 25 RBIs.  He had a completely unforgettable 2015 season with the Phillies, hitting .228 in 63 games.  So he's an odd choice for inclusion within the Series 2 set.

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

2016 Chachi #46 Zach Eflin

#56
Zachary Adams Eflin
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'6"  Weight:  215
Born:  April 8, 1994, Orlando, FL
Home:  Chuluota, FL
Drafted:  Selected by the San Diego Padres between the 1st and 2nd rounds of the June 2012 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2016
Acquired:  Traded with Tom Windle from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jimmy Rollins, December 19, 2014

2015 Grandstand Reading
Fightin Phils #16
8 Eflin Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2015 Grandstand Reading Fightin Phils #16
First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Latest Card:  2016 Choice Reading Fightin Phils Top Prospects #6

Complete Chachi Checklist
2016 Chachi #46

Card statistics through 6/14/16.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Series Preview - Blue Jays at Phillies: June 15th through June 16th


Wednesday and Thursday 7:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Blue Jays 36-31, 3rd place in the A.L. East, 3 games behind the Orioles
Phillies 30-35, 4th place in the N.L. East, 10 games behind the Nationals

Blue Jays Probables:  Marco Estrada (4-2, 2.57), J.A. Happ (7-3, 3.70)
Phillies Probables:  Jeremy Hellickson (4-4, 4.34), Aaron Nola (5-5, 2.98)

At the Ballpark:  Fittingly enough, tonight is the annual Canadian Heritage celebration at the ballpark.  The first 500 fans to purchase tickets to this theme night will receive a Matt Stairs t-shirt in the style of a hockey jersey.  On Thursday night, all fans will receive a MLB Network Phillies tote bag.

Blue Jays Leaders
Average:  Michael Saunders - .310
Runs:  Josh Donaldson - 52
Home Runs:  Edwin Encarnacion - 16
RBIs:  Edwin Encarnacion - 56
Stolen Bases:  Kevin Pillar - 6

Wins:  J.A. Happ - 7
ERA:  Marco Estrada - 2.57
Strikeouts:  Aaron Sanchez - 83
Saves:  Roberto Osuna - 13

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .311
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 35
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 11
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 33
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 8

Wins:  Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez - 5
ERA:  Aaron Nola - 2.98
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 88
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 19

Eflin's Major League Debut & Gavin Floyd

2005 eTopps #156
2015 Grandstand Reading Fightin Phils #16
Blue Jays 11Phillies 3
Game 65 - Tuesday Afternoon, June 14th in Toronto
Record - 30-35

One Sentence Summary:  Making his Major League debut, Zach Eflin couldn't escape the third inning and the Blue Jays went on for an 11-3 win.

What It Means:  Per this Tweet from Matt Gelb, Eflin's eight earned runs in his debut are the most allowed by a Phillies pitcher making his debut since Russ Miller in 1927.  Severino Gonzalez (2015) and Rafael Quirico (1996) allowed seven runs in their Phillies debuts.

What Happened:  Eflin's final line was ugly - 2 2/3 innings, 9 hits including 3 home runs, 9 runs (8 earned), 3 walks.

Featured Cards:  Gavin Floyd finished out this game for the Blue Jays, marking the first time in the veteran's 13-year career that he's faced off against his original team.  Floyd was the Phillies' first round pick (fourth overall) in the June 2001 amateur player draft.  In three years with the Phillies (2004-2006), Floyd went 7-5 with a 6.96 ERA.  In one of the worst Phillies trades in recent memory (and that's saying a lot) Floyd was traded with Gio Gonzalez to the White Sox on December 6, 2006 for Freddy Garcia.

Connecting Floyd to Eflin, the television broadcast included the graphic shown below.  Hopefully Eflin's Phillies career proves to be much better than either Russ Miller's or Floyd's.


Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2016 Phillies Team Issue 2 #48 Jared Eickhoff

Phillies 7Blue Jays 0
Game 64 - Monday Night, June 13th in Toronto
Record - 30-34, 4th place, 10 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jared Eickhoff rediscovered his slider and the offense found some hits in an enjoyable 7-0 win over the Blue Jays.

What It Means:  The win breaks a four game losing streak and came on the 19th anniversary of the first ever Interleague game, also with the Blue Jays.  Wayne Gomes got the win in that 1997 match-up and Gregg Jefferies had three RBIs.

What Happened:  Eickhoff was nearly unhittable, shutting out the Blue Jays over six innings and allowing just three hits.  His four walks were more a result of an inconsistent strike zone by the home plate umpire.  Odubel Herrera (6) and DH Ryan Howard (10) both hit solo home runs, while Peter Bourjos added a pair of RBIs.

Featured Card:  This is Eickhoff's card from this season's second team-issued photo card set.  Based on tips received from fellow collector Steve F., and as updated in the set's listing here, there could now be two more cards now available within this set for Tommy Joseph and Jimmy Paredes.

Transaction:  After the game and as expected, Zach Eflin had his contract purchased from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Luis Garcia was optioned back down to the IronPigs.  Eflin will make his Major League debut this afternoon.

Be sure to check out the 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Series Preview - Phillies at Blue Jays: June 13th through June14th


Monday 7:07 and Tuesday 12:37
Rogers Centre - Toronto, Ontario

Phillies 29-34, 4th place in the N.L. East, 10 games behind the Nationals
Blue Jays 35-30, 3rd place in the A.L. East, 2 1/2 games behind the Orioles and Red Sox

Phillies Probables:  Jared Eickhoff (3-8, 3.68), Zach Eflin (0-0, 0.00)
Blue Jays Probables:  R.A. Dickey (4-6, 4.15), Marcus Stroman (5-2, 4.94)

At the Ballpark:  The Blue Jays are giving away a Swing Into Summer Safety baseball card set to the first 25,000 fans attending Tuesday afternoon's game.  A quick eBay search tells me that this is a set featuring actual Blue Jays players similar to the old school fire/safety sets that used to be fairly prevalent in the early and mid-1980s.  The 2015 set consisted of 33 cards featuring Blue Jays players and their coaching staff.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .312
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 34
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 11
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 33
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 8

Wins:  Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez - 5
ERA:  Aaron Nola - 2.98
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 88
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 19

Blue Jays Leaders
Average:  Michael Saunders - .311
Runs:  Josh Donaldson - 49
Home Runs:  Edwin Encarnacion - 15
RBIs:  Edwin Encarnacion - 54
Stolen Bases:  Kevin Pillar - 6

Wins:  J.A. Happ - 7
ERA:  Marco Estrada - 2.57
Strikeouts:  Aaron Sanchez - 83
Saves:  Roberto Osuna - 13

2009 O-Pee-Chee #366 Jayson Werth

Nationals 5Phillies 4
Game 63 - Sunday Afternoon, June 12th in Washington
Record - 29-34, 4th place, 10 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Maikel Franco's solo home run in the top of the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon gave the Phillies a temporary lead, but Jeanmar Gomez couldn't keep the Nationals off the board in the bottom of the ninth.

What It Means:  What's worse - an 8-0 blow-out loss in which the Phillies are never really in the ballgame or a 5-4 walk-off, heart-breaker of a loss in which a former franchise hero seals the victory for the opposition?

What Happened:  We were ecstatic in The Phillies Room World HQ after Franco's blast off Papelbon.  But Gomez couldn't convert the save, loading the bases and then allowing a two-run single to Werth.  It was his second blown save of the season.  Cesar Hernandez certainly didn't help with a bad throw to first that allowed Bryce Harper to reach, starting the rally.

Prior to the dramatic ninth inning, the Phils battled back from a 3-0 deficit with a Cody Asche solo home (1), an RBI double from Odubel Herrera and an RBI single from Freddy Galvis.  Adam Morgan had a rough first few innings, but settled in to hold the Nationals off the board in the third through seventh innings.

Featured Card:  Here's a vintage Werth card, back when he didn't look like a crazed hobo.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

1989 Bowman #391 Mike Maddux

Nationals 8Phillies 0
Game 62 - Saturday Afternoon, June 11th in Washington
Record - 29-33, 4th place, 9 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Completely outmatched, the Nationals dismantled Aaron Nola and the Phillies by a score of 8-0.

What It Means:  The Phillies are a season-high nine games out of first place.  They've lost 16 of their last 21 games.

What Happened:  Nola was pulled after 3 2/3 innings having allowed four runs on seven hits.  The offense went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Featured Card:  Former Phillies pitcher and current Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux sure seems to have a nice gig. Previously serving as the pitching coach for the Brewers (2003-2008) and Rangers (2009-2015), Maddux is in his first year in that role for the Nationals.  The Nationals pitching staff ranks near the top of ever major pitching category among all National League teams.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

2014 Grandstand Reading Fightin Phils #15 Tommy Joseph

Nationals 9Phillies 6
Game 61 - Friday Night, June 10th in Washington
Record - 29-32, 4th place, 8 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Two home runs from Tommy Joseph weren't enough to contain the Nationals in this 9-6 win.

What It Means:  It continues to not go well for the Phils.  Spotted a 4-0 lead early, the Nationals easily battled back to overcome that and then some.  At one point, the Nationals had produced nine unanswered runs.

What Happened:  Jeremy Hellickson struggled, allowing seven runs on nine hits over six innings. Luis Garcia couldn't stop the Nationals offense either, allowing two more runs in his two innings of work.

Featured Card:  Manager Pete Mackanin officially informed Ryan Howard prior to this game that Joseph was the team's regular first baseman going forward.  It's hard to argue with this decision, as Joseph is now hitting .323 (21 for 65) in 21 games with seven home runs.  Howard is hitting .150 (23 for 153) in 52 games with nine home runs.

Joseph has no mainstream 2016 baseball cards to date, but that's sure to change with some of the upcoming summer and fall releases.  His sole 2015 baseball card can be found in the IronPigs team issued set and his only 2014 baseball card (shown here) is from the 2014 Reading Fightin Phils team set.

Transaction:  As expected, Vince Velasquez landed on the 15-day disabled list with his biceps injury, and the Phillies will need a starter (reported to be Zach Eflin) to take his place in the rotation on Tuesday.  Reliever Garcia was recalled from Lehigh Valley to temporarily take Velasquez's spot on the roster.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Phillies Select Moniak with First Overall Pick


On Thursday night, the Phillies' futility in 2015 paid off with the first overall pick in the annual amateur player draft.  After months of speculation about who the first pick would be (A.J. Puk? Jason Groome?) the Phillies chose outfiedler Mickey Moniak from La Costa Canyon High School in California.  Moniak joins Pat Burrell (drafted in 1998) in the exclusive Phillies #1 Overall Draft Pick Club.

The 18-year-old Moniak, who graduated from high school yesterday, and the Phillies hope to reach a deal as soon as possible.  The next two picks by the Phillies were high school pitcher Kevin Gowdy (#42 overall) and high school shortstop Cole Stobbe.

Only time will tell if these draft picks pan out, and until Moniak has his official debut in a Chachi set around 2022 or so he'll just have to settle for this limited edition Chachi Almost card.

Memory Lane
2014 Draft - Aaron Nola
2015 Draft - Cornelius Randolph
2016 Draft - Mickey Moniak

Friday, June 10, 2016

Series Preview - Phillies at Nationals: June 10th through June 12th


Friday 7:05, Saturday 12:05, Sunday 4:05
Nationals Park - Washington, D.C.

Nationals 36-24, 1st place in the N.L. East, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Mets
Phillies 29-31, 4th place in the N.L. East, 7 games behind the Nationals

Nationals Probables:  Stephen Strasburg (9-0, 2.85), Tanner Roark (4-4, 3.21), Joe Ross (5-4, 2.92)
Phillies Probables:  Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.80), Aaron Nola (5-4, 2.65), Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.70)

At the Ballpark:  It's '80s night at Nationals Park tonight and the first 20,000 fans will receive a Nationals fanny pack.  On Sunday afternoon, all kids will receive a poster featuring Anthony Rendon.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .318
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 32
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 10
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 32
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 8

Wins:  Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez - 5
ERA:  Aaron Nola - 2.65
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 85
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 19

Nationals Leaders
Average:  Daniel Murphy - .374
Runs:  Anthony Rendon - 39
Home Runs:  Bryce Harper - 13
RBIs:  Daniel Murphy - 39
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper and Michael Taylor - 7

Wins:  Stephen Strasburg - 9
ERA:  Stpehn Strasburg - 2.85
Strikeouts:  Max Scherzer - 107
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 15