Friday, September 4, 2015

Phillies at Red Sox: September 4th to September 6th

Friday 7:10, Saturday 4:05 and Sunday 1:35
Fenway Park - Boston, MA

Phillies 53-81, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 21 1/2 games behind the Mets
Red Sox 61-72, 5th Place in the A.L. East, 15 games behind the Blue Jays

Phillies Probables:  Adam Morgan (5-4, 4.03), Alec Asher (0-1, 6.35), Jared Eickhoff (1-2, 2.84)
Red Sox Probables:  Joe Kelly (8-6, 4.94), Wade Miley (10-10, 4.57), Eduardo Rodriguez (8-5, 4.25)

At the Ballpark:  The Red Sox host an Autography Alley event before each game of this series, featuring a former Red Sox player signing autographs in Yawkey Way an hour before game time. These three games feature Sam Horn, John Trautwein and Skip Lockwood, respectively.  Sunday afternoon is also On Field Photo Day at Fenway prior to the game.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .295+
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 55
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 21
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 72
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 19+

Wins:  4 tied with - 5*
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 4.89*
Strikeouts:  Aaron Harang - 90*
Saves:  Ken Giles - 11^

Red Sox Leaders
Average:  Xander Bogaerts - .319
Runs:  Mookie Betts - 67
Home Runs:  David Ortiz - 29
RBIs:  David Ortiz - 81
Stolen Bases:  Mookie Betts - 17

Wins:  Wade Miley - 10
ERA:  Eduardo Rodriguez - 4.25
Strikeouts:  Wade Miley - 21
Saves:  Koji Uehara - 25

+Ben Revere, now with the Blue Jays, is the overall team leader with a .298 batting average and 24 stolen bases.
*Cole Hamels, now with the Rangers, is the overall team leader with 6 wins, 3.64 ERA and 137 strikeouts
^Jonathan Papelbon, now with the Nationals, is the overall team leader with 17 saves.

1985 Topps #663
1985 Topps #89
1985 Topps Appreciation:  Given the current status of the Phillies and Red Sox in their respective division standings, featuring two cards of light-hitting middle infielders seems somewhat appropriate. Luis Aguayo and Jackie Gutierrez were briefly teammates together on the 1988 Phillies squad, with Aguayo playing in his last of nine years in Philadelphia and Gutierrez signing up for a 33-game stint before calling it a career.

It's the guys like Aguayo and Gutierrez who I feel don't get enough attention or appreciation from Phillies fans and/or Phillies baseball card collectors.  One of my more ambitious future ideas for The Phillies Room is to do a massive series of dedicated posts with the theme of Every Phillie Ever.

Baseball Reference tells me there have been close to 2,000 different Phillies players in the franchise's 132-year existence so this would be a multi-year undertaking for sure.  Similar to what I'm doing with the Phillies Missing Links project, I'd probably start with the Phillies of the 1980s.  It's time to give the world dedicated posts to the likes of Aguayo and Gutierrrez and their Phillies careers.  We've waited long enough!  (And we'll have to wait a little longer.  Hang in there.)

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