Monday, May 7, 2012

Mets at Phillies: May 7th to May 9th

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

Mets 15-13, 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 3 games behind the Nationals
Phillies 14-15, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 4 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Mets Probables:  Jonathon Niese (2-1, 4.08), Miguel Batista (0-1, 6.92), Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.50)
Phillies Probables:  Roy Halladay (3-2, 3.40), Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83), Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.96)

At the Ballpark:  Tomorrow night is the team's annual Asian Pacific Celebration.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Carlos Ruiz - .318
Runs:  Hunter Pence - 18
Home Runs:  Hunter Pence - 6
RBIs:  Hunter Pence - 20
Stolen Bases:  Shane Victorino - 9

Wins:  Cole Hamels - 4
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.45
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 44
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 9

1979 Topps #545 and #345
1979 Topps Flashback:  Today's flashback features two more players traded for one another.  In December 1974, the Phillies shipped catcher John Stearns, left-handed reliever Mac Scarce and center fielder Del Unser to the Mets for outfielders Don Hahn and Dave Schneck and left-handed reliever Tug McGraw.

Stearns appeared in one game with the Phillies, going 1 for 2 in the second game of a double header against the Expos on September 22, 1974.  He'd compile a very nice 10-year career with the Mets, making the National League All-Star squad four times between 1977 and 1982.  He retired following the 1984 season and he's now the minor league catching instructor for the Seattle Mariners.  If I ever put together a "1974 Phillies - Missing Links" post, Stearns will be listed as one of the players with no Phillies cardboard appearances.

McGraw of course, became one of the most beloved players ever to don a Phillies uniform.

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