Monday, June 16, 2014

Phillies at Braves: June 16th to June 18th

Monday and Tuesday 7:10, Wednesday 12:10
Turner Field - Atlanta, GA

Phillies 29-38, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves
Braves 36-32, 1st Place in the N.L. East, 1 game ahead of the Nationals and Marlins

Phillies Probables:  Cole Hamels (2-3, 3.07), Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 4.09), Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 4.26)
Braves Probables:  Julio Teheran (6-4, 2.41), Ervin Santana (5-3, 4.09), Aaron Harang (5-5, 3.20)

At the Ballpark:  Tomorrow night is Greg Maddux Bobblehead Day at the ballpark.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Chase Utley - .303
Runs:  Chase Utley - 35
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 11
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 41
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 19

Wins:  A.J. Burnett and Cliff Lee - 4
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 3.07
Strikeouts:  A.J. Burnett - 74
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 15

1988 Topps #38 and #627
1988 Topps Appreciation:  There's no real connection between the players featured here, but I needed somewhere to fit in reliever Jeff Calhoun's card, so here he is.  Calhoun was one of the Phillies most reliable relievers in 1987, appearing in 42 games and pitching to an impressive 1.48 ERA.  The lefty had been acquired right before the start of the 1987 season from the Astros for third-string catcher Ronn Reynolds.

Calhoun couldn't repeat the success from the prior season in 1988, and after three games in which he allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings of work, he was shipped to Triple-A Maine.  He spent the rest of the season pitching in the Phillies minor league system, and he was out of baseball by the time the 1989 season began.

Joe Boever came to the Phillies in a July 1990 deal that saw Marvin Freeman dealt to the Braves.  He spent the 1990 and 1991 seasons with the club, which was right in the middle of his 12-year career.  Used exclusively as a reliever, Boever went 5-8 with a 3.30 ERA in 102 games with the Phils.  He signed as a free agent with the Astros following the 1991 season, and he'd go on to pitch with the A's, Tigers and Pirates before calling it a career following the 1996 season.