Monday, April 8, 2013

Mets at Phillies: April 8th to April 10th

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

Mets 4-2, Tied for 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 1 game behind the Braves
Phillies 2-4, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 3 games behind the Braves

Mets Probables:  Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00), Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42), Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50)
Phillies Probables:  Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50), Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00), Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.94)

At the Ballpark:  All adults at the game tonight will receive an Opening Week T-Shirt.  Tuesday night is the first of many Dollar Dog Nights.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Chase Utley - .391
Runs:  Chase Utley - 5
Home Runs:  Four tied with - 1
RBIs:  Chase Utley - 7
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins - 3

Wins:  Antonio Bastardo and Cliff Lee - 1
ERA:  Cliff Lee - 0.00
Strikeouts:  Roy Halladay - 9
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 1

1973 Topps #30 and #6
1973 Topps Flashback:  Today's flashback features another pair of players once traded for each other.  On December 3, 1974, the Phillies sent Mac Scarce, John Stearns and Del Unser to the Mets for Don Hahn, Dave Schneck and Tug McGraw.  In a bit of serendipity, today just so happens to be Scarce's 64th birthday.
In parts of three seasons with the Phillies, the southpaw Scarce went 5-18 with a 3.65 ERA in 141 relief appearances.  There's a fantastic detailed biography of Scarce over at the SABR Baesball Biography Project, so I won't recount his history here.  After going to New York, Scarce faced just one batter as a member of the Mets, surrendering a walk-off RBI-single to the Pirates Richie Hebner on April 11, 1975.  A few days later, he was traded to the Reds.  Scarce would wrap up his Major League career with 17 appearances with the 1978 Twins.  His only widely available baseball cards are in the 1973, 1974 and 1975 Topps sets.

The December 1974 trade between the Phillies and Mets definitely worked out better for the Phils, as McGraw would go on to help the team to its first World Championship in 1980.

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