Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Phillies at Nationals: June 3rd to June 5th

Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05, Thursday 4:05
Nationals Park - Washington, D.C.

Phillies 24-31, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves
Nationals 27-28, Tied for 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables:  David Buchanan (1-1, 3.86), A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.79), Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.21)
Nationals Probables:  Jordan Zimmermann (3-2, 4.07), Stephen Strasburg (4-4, 3.15), Doug Fister (3-1, 3.34)

At the Ballpark:  There's a free concert following Thursday night's ballgame featuring the Plain White T's.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Chase Utley - .319
Runs:  Chase Utley - 31
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 11
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 40
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 15

Wins:  Cliff Lee - 4
ERA:  Cliff Lee - 3.18
Strikeouts:  A.J. Burnett - 64
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 13

1988 Topps #731
1988 Topps Appreciation:  Last year, when things weren't going particularly well for the Phillies, I made the shallow threat to post nothing but Rick Schu cards until the team could start winning again.  In total, I posted four total Schu cards and one very special year-end, throwing in the towel, special edition Chachi Schu card.

I haven't had to resort to such shenanigans yet this year, but I'll admit it's becoming harder and harder to come up with some sort of baseball card to post after each dreadful Phillies loss.

How does this all relate to the Phillies opponent for this series?  Schu is now the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals.

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