Friday, May 8, 2015

Mets at Phillies: May 8th to May 10th

Friday and Saturday 7:05, Sunday 1:35
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Mets 18-10, 1st Place in the N.L. East, 4 games ahead of the Braves
Phillies 10-19, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 8 1/2 games behind the Mets

Mets Probables:  Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.41), Jon Niese (2-2, 2.40), Bartolo Colon (5-1, 2.90)
Phillies Probables:  Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.14), Aaron Harang (3-2, 2.35), Chad Billingsley (0-1, 9.00)

At the Ballpark:  Sunday is Mother's Appreciation Day at the ballpark (and Mother's Day everywhere else) and all women 15 and older will receive a Phillies Ladies Wristlet.  I will admit I'm not really sure what that is.  Is a wristlet just a fancy name for a bracelet?

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Freddy Galvis - .330
Runs:  Ben Revere - 13
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 5
RBIs:  Chase Utley - 14
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera and Ben Revere - 5

Wins:  Aaron Harang - 3
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 2.35
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 38
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 5

1985 Topps #492
1985 Topps Traded #33T
1985 Topps Appreciation:  Former Phillies infielder Davey Johnson managed the Mets between 1984 and 1990, finishing in second place or better in each of those seven seasons.  The Mets of course won the World Series in 1986.  Within that time span, John Felske was the manager of the Phillies from 1985 until part-way through 1987.  Felske's teams finished fifth in 1985, a distant second in 1986 and ultimately fourth in 1987 under the guidance of Lee Elia who replaced Felske in mid-June that season.

The Phillies fared as follows against the Mets between 1985 and 1987, a dark time known in our household as the Felske Years:

1985 - 7-11
1986 - 10-8
1987 - 5-13
Overall - 22-32

Similar to the mid-1980s, it seems as if we're back in another era where the Phillies are looking up in the standings at the Mets.

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