Monday, July 7, 2014

Phillies at Brewers: July 7th to July 10th

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:10, Thursday 2:10
Miller Park - Milwaukee, WI

Phillies 37-51, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 12 games behind the Braves
Brewers 52-37, 1st Place in the N.L. Central, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Pirates

Phillies Probables:  Cole Hamels (2-5, 2.98), Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.12), Roberto Hernandez (3-8, 4.48), David Buchanan (4-5, 4.82)
Brewers Probables:  Marco Estrada (7-5, 4.94), Wily Peralta (9-5, 3.35), Kyle Lohse (9-3, 3.18), Matt Garza (6-5, 3.78)

At the Ballpark:  There are a bunch of ticket specials available for the four-game series at Miller Park, but the one giveaway comes on Tuesday when the first 20,000 fans receive a "Brewers Rollabanner."  I really have no idea what that is, and the Brewers' website doesn't include a picture of this giveaway.  Anyone have any ideas?

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Ben Revere - .289
Runs:  Chase Utley - 46
Home Runs:  Marlon Byrd - 18
RBIs:  Marlon Byrd - 52
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 25

Wins:  A.J. Burnett - 5
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.98
Strikeouts:  A.J. Burnett - 102
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 19

1988 Topps #783 and #670
1988 Topps Appreciation:  Current Brewers manager Ron Roenicke spent the 1986 and 1987 seasons wearing the maroon pinstripes of the Phillies and playing all three outfield positions.  I wrote about Roenicke's biggest game with the Phillies and showed off his 1986 Topps Phillies card that should have been in this post.

Current MLB Network host Dan Plesac spent the final two seasons of his 18-year career with the Phillies as one of their most effective relief pitchers.  In 99 games with the Phillies in 2002 and 2003, Plesac went 4-2 with a 3.51 ERA and three saves.  I have five cards in my Phillies collection featuring Plesac, which is impressive given that the card manufacturers frequently ignore relief pitchers.

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