Friday, April 8, 2016

Series Preview - Phillies at Mets: April 8th to April 10th

Friday 1:10, Saturday 7:10 and Sunday 1:10
Citi Field - Flushing, NY

Phillies 0-3, 5th place in the N.L. East, 2 games behind the Nationals
Mets 1-1, 2nd place in the N.L. East, 1/2 game behind the Nationals

Phillies Probables:  Jerad Eickhoff (0-0, 0.00), Vince Velasquez (0-0, 0.00), Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 0.00)
Mets Probables:  Jacob deGrom (0-0, 0.00), Steven Matz (0-0, 0.00), Bartolo Colon (0-0, 0.00)

At the Ballpark:  All fans will receive a 2016 Mets schedule magnet on their opening day Friday. Saturday is fireworks night and all fans will receive rally towels on Sunday.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Ryan Howard - .333
Runs:  Three tied with - 2
Home Runs:  Five tied with - 1
RBIs:  Four tied with - 2
Stolen Bases:  N/A

Wins:  N/A
ERA:  Jeremy Hellickson - 0.00
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 8
Saves:  N/A

Mets Leaders
Average:  Michael Conforto - .333
Runs:  Yoenis Cespedes - 2
Home Runs:  Neil Walker - 1
RBIs:  Neil Walker - 3
Stolen Bases:  David Wright - 2

Wins:  Noah Syndergaard - 1
ERA:  Noah Syndergaard - 0.00
Strikeouts:  Noah Syndergaard - 9
Saves:  Jeurys Familia - 1

1970 Topps #324
1970 Topps #26
1970 Topps Appreciation:  Today's two cards feature Phillies teammates from 1975 and 1976, and fellow Phillies Wall of Fame members.

1970 was to be the last full season of Tony Taylor's first stint with the Phillies.  Playing all three infield positions, and occasionally left field, Taylor made it into 124 games that season, hitting .301with a career high 9 home runs and 55 RBIs.  He began the 1971 season with the club, but then was traded in June to the Tigers for a pair of minor leaguers.  Taylor would come back to the Phillies for his second stint as a player from 1974 to 1976, and he served as a coach with the team between 1977 and 1979, and again between 1988 and 1989.

Incidentally, his card is probably my favorite Phillies card from the entire 1970 Topps set.

In 1970, Tug McGraw was coming off the Mets' improbable World Series victory the year before. Sharing closing duties with Ron Taylor, McGraw saved 10 games and had an ERA of 3.28 in 90 2/3 innings pitched.  McGraw was traded to the Phillies following the 1974 season.

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