Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Astros at Phillies: August 5th to August 7th

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Astros 47-65, 4th Place in the A.L. West, 21 1/2 games behind the Athletics
Phillies 49-63, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 12 games behind the Nationals

Astros Probables:  Dallas Keuchel (10-7, 2.97), Brad Peacock (3-7, 4.93), Collin McHugh (4-9, 3.32)
Phillies Probables:  Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.92), David Buchanan (5-5, 4.40), Roberto Hernandez (6-8, 3.87)

At the Ballpark:  There are a few different theme nights during this series, but otherwise no giveaways or special promotions.  The true fun will come over the weekend when the Phillies host their annual alumni weekend and Wall of Fame festivities.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Ben Revere - .302
Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 57
Home Runs:  Marlon Byrd - 21
RBIs:  Marlon Byrd and Ryan Howard - 63
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 30

Wins:  A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels and Roberto Hernandez - 6
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.42
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 139
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 26

1988 Topps #342, #306, #24 and #643
1988 Topps Appreciation:  This quartet of Astros spent time with the Phillies, with some making more of a mark than others.  Of the four, Larry Andersen is the most well-known ex-Phillie.  L.A. had his first stint with the Phils from 1983 to the beginning of the 1986 season when he was released by the club and signed by the Astros in mid-May.  He'd go on to pitch five scoreless innings over two games for the Astros in the 1986 N.L.C.S. against the Mets.

Phillies Room favorite Rocky Childress appeared in 18 games for the Phillies in 1985 and 1986 before becoming a regular in the Astros bullpen in 1987.  He kicked around for the Astros Triple-A teams until 1991.

You're forgiven if you don't recall Billy Hatcher's 43 games with the Phillies prior to the player's strike ending the 1994 season.  And I'd be very impressed if you remembered either of Jim Deshaies' two starts for the Phillies in 1995.  Deshaies lasted a combined 5 1/3 innings, allowing 12 runs on 15 hits for a career Phillies ERA of 20.25.  I wrote about his lack of a Phillies card (and rightfully so) back in my 1995 Phillies Missing Links post.


Jim from Downingtown said...

Putting Charlie on the Wall of Fame less than a year after firing him is like the Eagles retiring Donovan McNabb's #5 too soon (or ever).

Jim said...

I thought the timing was weird too. They could have gone with Burrell (?) this year and Manuel next year.