Thursday, July 30, 2015

Braves at Phillies: July 30th to August 2nd

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

Braves 46-55, 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 8 games behind the Nationals
Phillies 38-64, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 16 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Braves Probables:  Shelby Miller (5-7, 2.27), Matt Wisler (5-1, 3.43), Alex Wood (7-6, 3.54), Julio Teheran (6-6, 4.71)
Phillies Probables:  Aaron Harang (4-11, 4.08), David Buchanan (1-5, 7.00), Aaron Nola (1-1, 3.29), Adam Morgan (2-2, 4.05)

At the Ballpark:  It's the annual Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park, which is always a fantastic ime to go catch a few Phillies games.  On Friday night, Pat Burrell will be inducted by Charlie Manuel into the Phillies Wall of Fame.  All fans will receive a commemorative Burrell print.

Saturday will feature a pre-game ceremony introducing up to 50 former Phillies players.  On Sunday, all fans will receive a Phillies Wall of Fame Fathead, which will feature Burrell, Dick Allen, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt.

Braves Leaders
Average:  Nick Markakis - .290
Runs:  Andrelton Simmons - 48
Home Runs:  Freddie Freeman - 13
RBIs:  Cameron Maybin - 47
Stolen Bases:  Cameron Maybin - 17

Wins:  Alex Wood - 7
ERA:  Shelby Miller - 2.27
Strikeouts:  Shelby Miller - 107
Saves:  Jason Grilli - 24

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Ben Revere - .298
Runs:  Ben Revere - 49
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 18
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 54
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 24

Wins:  Ken Giles - 5*
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 4.08*
Strikeouts:  Aaron Harang - 73*
Saves:  Luis Garcia and Ken Giles - 1^

1985 Topps Traded #16T
*Cole Hamels, now (almost) with the Rangers, is the overall team leader with 6 wins, 3.64 ERA and 137 strikeouts
^Jonathan Papelbon, now with the Naitonals, is the overall team leader with 17 saves.

1985 Topps Appreciation:  This is one of those random series this year where I don't have a logical pairing of Phillies-related cards from the 1985 Topps set.  So instead, and because I don't have anywhere else to fit this in this year, here's Don Carman's rookie card from the 1985 Topps Traded set.

This does give me the opportunity to point you in the direction of the awesome Wax Pack blog, which is tracking one collector's journey to find and have signed each of the 15 baseball cards pulled from a random pack of 1986 Topps.  Carman's card was in the pack and the blog's author documents his visit with Carman on Day 21 and Day 22.

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