Monday, April 18, 2016

Series Preview - Mets at Phillies: April 19th to April 21st

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

Mets 5-6, Tied for 2nd place in the N.L. East, 4 games behind the Nationals
Phillies 6-7, Tied for 2nd place in the N.L. East, 4 games behind the Nationals

Mets Probables:  Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.69), Logan Verrett (0-0, 1.29), Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.13)
Phillies Probables:  Jared Eickhoff (1-1, 1.50), Vince Velasquez (2-0, 0.00), Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 4.30)

At the Ballpark:  There's not much in the way of promotions and giveaways for this three game series against the Mets.  Tonight's a Dollar Dog night and there are several ticket discounts for various themes - Asian Pacific Celebration and After Tax Day Discounts tonight, Autism Awareness and Red Goes Greek on Tuesday night.

Mets Leaders
Average:  Michael Conforto - .313
Runs:  Yoenis Cespedes - 7
Home Runs:  Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker - 3
RBIs:  Yoenis Cespedes - 9
Stolen Bases:  David Wright - 2

Wins:  Five tied with - 1
ERA:  Noah Syndergaard - 0.69
Strikeouts:  Noah Syndergaard - 21
Saves:  Jeurys Familia - 3

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Maikel Franco - .267
Runs:  Three tied with - 4
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 4
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 7
Stolen Bases:  Three tied with - 1

Wins:  Vince Velasquez - 2
ERA:  Vince Velasquez - 0.00
Strikeouts:  Vince Velasquez - 25
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 4

1970 Topps #83
1970 Topps #270
1970 Topps Appreciation:  Today's pairing features two players who were teammates on the Phillies between 1957 and 1960.

Don Cardwell spent the first three seasons of his 14-year career pitching for the Phillies.  One of the team's primary starters between 1957 and 1959, he went 17-26 in 76 games with the Phils, making 59 starts.  On May 13, 1960, Cardwell was traded with Ed Bouchee to the Cubs for Cal Neeman and Tony Taylor.  In his first start with the Cubs, on May 15th, Cardwell pitched a no-hitter against the Cardinals.

For the 1969 Mets, Cardwell was directly involved with their miraculous pennant run, going 5-1 with a 1.82 ERA from August 1st through the end of the regular season.  He finished up his career in 1970, appearing in 16 games for the Braves.

Long-time Phillie Chris Short was nearly at the end of his Phillies (and baseball) career in 1970. Short went 9-16 that season with a 4.30 ERA, serving as a third starter behind Rick Wise and Jim Bunning in the rotation.

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