Friday, May 27, 2016

Series Preview - Phillies at Cubs: May 27th to May 29th

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2:20
Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL

Phillies 26-21, 3rd place in the N.L. East, 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Cubs 31-14, 1st place in the N.L. Central, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Pirates

Phillies Probables:  Adam Morgan (1-2, 5.61), Jared Eickhoff (2-6, 3.86), Vince Velasquez (5-1, 2.75)
Cubs Probables:  Jon Lester (4-3, 2.60), Kyle Hendricks (2-4, 3.30), John Lackey (4-2, 3.38)

At the Ballpark:  This afternoon, the first 5,000 adults will receive a '90s Cubs Visor, compliments of Budweiser.  This Bud's for you.  And what's better than three holiday weekend afternoon games at Wrigley?

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .327
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 27
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard - 8
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 26
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 6

Wins:  Vince Velasquez - 5
ERA:  Vince Velasquez - 2.75
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 70
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 17

Cubs Leaders
Average:  Ben Zobrist - .346
Runs:  Ben Zobrist - 34
Home Runs:  Anthony Rizzo - 11
RBIs:  Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo - 35
Stolen Bases:  Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward - 6

Wins:  Jake Arrieta - 9
ERA:  Jake Arrieta - 1.72
Strikeouts:  Jake Arrieta - 67
Saves:  Hector Rondon - 8

1970 Topps #24
1970 Topps #654
1970 Topps #375
1970 Topps Appreciation:  On November 17, 1969, the Phillies traded long-time right-fielder, three-time All-Star and fan favorite Johnny Callison (with player to be named later Larry Colton) to the Cubs for Oscar Gamble and Dick Selma.

Callison was in the twilight of his impressive 16-year career and he'd enjoy his last full season as a regular in 1970.  Playing in 147 games, he hit .264 with 19 home runs and 68 RBIs, although according to his SABR biography he spent the season clashing with Cubs manager Leo Durocher. Callison played sparingly for the Cubs in 1971 and was traded to the Yankees in January 1972 where he spent the last two seasons of his career.

Selma had an unimpressive four-year stint with the Phillies, going 11-21 in 142 games with a 3.73 ERA.  As the team's primary closer in 1970, he recorded a career high 22 saves.

Gamble spent three years with the Phillies as a back-up outfielder.  In 254 games with the Phillies, he hit .241 with 8 home runs and was traded away to the Indians in November 1972 as part of the (first) Del Unser trade.


Jim from Downingtown said...

Jim, Boots Day was the first-ever batter at Veterans Stadium in 1971 (as an Expo).

Jim from Downingtown said...

It was a great day when new GM Paul Owens unloaded 2 stiffs (Gamble, Roger Freed) to the Indians for Del Unser!