Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014 Donruss Jersey Kings #14 A.J. Burnett

Padres 5, Phillies 4
Game 151 - Late Tuesday Night, September 16th in San Diego
Record - 69-82, 5th Place, 18 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  A.J. Burnett lost his 17th game of the year as the Phillies fell to the Padres, 5-4.

What It Means:  This loss clinched the team's second straight losing season.  Just when you thought the Phillies couldn't be less appealing to watch, they head out to the West Coast to play a week's worth of meaningless, late night baseball games.

And I'm actually staying up to watch most of these games.  What's wrong with me?

What Happened:  Burnett was chased in the sixth inning after a two-run home run from Alexi Amarista gave the Padres the lead.  Freddy Galvis had hit a two-run home run in the fifth to give the Phils a brief 3-2 lead.

Tony Gwynn, Jr. returned to San Diego and led off for the Phillies.  Unfortunately, he went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Featured Card:  A Pirates card in all but name only, this is the sole game-used relic card issued this year for Burnett.  And maybe it will be his only "Phillies" relic card ever.  Burnett has hinted strongly at retiring at the end of the season, but he'd be walking away from the $12.75 million he's guaranteed from the team in 2015.  If I had to guess, he'll be back.


Steve F. said...

Phillies west coast trip in June or July, preferably when on a family vacation so you can sit out on a deck or beach or elsewhere outdoors and listen on the radio while drinking a beer: priceless.

Phillies west coast trip in September with the team dead in the water: useless (and not even on my radar).

I agree--we will have the pleasure of seeing A.J. Burnett pitch again thanks to our GM's generosity with handing out player options.

2006: strong finish (39-23 after disastrous first 100 games) but miss playoffs
2007: make playoffs
2008: win WS

2009: lose WS
2010: lose NLCS
2011: lose NLDS
2012: .500 record and miss playoffs
2013: losing record, first in over a decade
2014: last place in NL East (probably)
2015: last place in baseball?
2016: new team record 112-loss season?

Then and only then might we get a new GM.

Jim said...

I'm really hoping Amaro's time is up either following this season or in the middle of next season.