Friday, May 9, 2014

Phillies at Mets: May 9th to May 11th

Friday and Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:10
Citi Field - Flushing, NY

Phillies 15-18, 5th Place in the N.L. East
Mets 16-17, 4th Place in the N.L. East

Phillies Probables:  Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50), Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 3.58), Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.02)
Mets Probables:  Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23), Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.51), Jon Niese (2-2, 1.82)

At the Ballpark:  There's all kinds of stuff going on this weekend at Citi Field.  Free Shirt Friday happens tonight with all fans in attendance receiving a Mets t-shirt.  Saturday Night is 1969 Commemorative Nolan Ryan Bobblehead night with the first 20,000 fans receiving this nice looking collectible.  Finally, all Moms and kids will receive a Mets t-shirt on Sunday afternoon.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Chase Utley - .325
Runs:  Carlos Ruiz - 19
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 7
RBIs:  Marlon Byrd - 22
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 11

Wins:  Antonio Bastardo and Cliff Lee - 3
ERA:  A.J. Burnett - 2.90
Strikeouts:  Cliff Lee - 51
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 9

1988 Topps #781 and #333
1988 Topps Appreciation:  There's no really connection between the two players featured here other than they both spent time with the Phillies and Mets during their careers.

Nothing against Keith Hughes, but I surprised to find he had a card in the 1988 Topps set back in the day when these cards first came out.  Hughes was originally drafted by the Phillies in 1981 and then traded to the Yankees in 1984 with Marty Bystrom for Shane Rawley.  Three years later, he came back to the Phillies with Shane Turner when the Phils sent Mike Easler back to the Bronx.  In 37 games for the '87 Phillies, Hughes hit .263 while playing both corner outfield positions.  He landed with the Mets in 1990 where he appeared in eight games.

Wally Backman is best remembered for being the starting second baseman on the '86 Mets team.  He spent parts of nine seasons with the Mets before being traded to the Twins in December 1988.  He'd play the next two seasons with the Twins and Pirates respectively before coming to the Phillies via free agency prior to the 1991 season.  In parts of two seasons with the Phils, Backman hit .249 in 136 games.

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