Marlins Park - Miami, FL
Phillies 36-46, 5th Place, 8 1/2 games behind the Braves
Marlins 39-43, 3rd Place, 5 1/2 games behind the Braves
Phillies Probables: A.J. Burnett (5-7, 3.89), Cole Hamels (2-4, 2.84), Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.22)
Marlins Probables: Henderson Alvarez (5-3, 2.32), Tom Koehler (5-6, 3.70), Nathan Eovaldi (5-3, 3.71)
At the Ballpark: Other than some ticket specials and fireworks following the game on Thursday night, the only thing happening at Marlins Park is two floundering N.L. East teams squaring off against one another.
Runs: Chase Utley - 45
Wins: A.J. Burnett - 5
ERA: Cole Hamels - 2.84
Strikeouts: Cole Hamels - 91
Saves: Jonathan Papelbon - 18
|1988 Topps Traded #30T and #71T|
Counting Jim Poole, who pitched briefly for the Phillies in 1999, there are three future Phillies within the 1988 Topps Traded USA team set.
Pitcher Pat Combs was already Phillies property by the time the Topps Traded set was released, having been drafted by the team that June and signing shortly thereafter. He made his Major League debut in September 1989, and had everyone extremely excited for the 1990 season when he went 4-0 in six starts with a 2.09 ERA. Combs showed flashes of brilliance during the next three seasons with the Phils, but arm troubles precluded him from ever regaining the nearly untouchable status he attained in September 1989.
Second baseman Mickey Morandini was also selected by the Phillies in the June 1988 draft, but he waited until September 1990 to make his big league debut. Morandini played with the Phillies for nine seasons, and he's now a coach for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.