Friday, May 13, 2016

Series Preview - Reds at Phillies: May 13th to May 15th

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

Reds 14-20, 4th place in the N.L. Central, 11 1/2 games behind the Cubs
Phillies 20-15, 3rd place in the N.L. East, 1 1/2 games behind the Mets and Nationals

Reds Probables:  Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 4.15), Tim Adleman (1-0, 2.45), Dan Straily (1-1, 3.47)
Phillies Probables:  Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.91), Aaron Nola (2-2, 3.13), Adam Morgan (1-0, 3.94)

At the Ballpark:  Tomorrow night is Teva Respiratory Night and all fans will receive a gray Phillies hat.  On Sunday, all kids will receive a Phillies wiffle ball and bat set and they'll be able to run the bases following the game.

Reds Leaders
Average:  Zack Cozart - .330
Runs:  Zack Cozart - 19
Home Runs:  Four tied with - 6
RBIs:  Jay Bruce - 23
Stolen Bases:  Billy Hamilton - 7

Wins:  Ross Ohlendorf and Blake Wood - 3
ERA:  Dan Straily - 3.47
Strikeouts:  Dan Straily - 30
Saves:  Tony Cingrani - 2

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .339
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 22
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 8
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 19
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 6

Wins:  Vince Velasquez - 4
ERA:  Vince Velasquez - 2.70
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez - 49
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 13

1970 Topps #115
1970 Topps #181
1970 Topps #507
1970 Topps #409
1970 Topps Appreciation:  Since this is the last time the Phillies will face the Reds in 2016, I'm cramming in a quartet of cards.  Each of these players (and manager) also have Phillies connections.

Alex Johnson started his 13-year career with the Phillies, appearing in 140 games primarily in left field in 1964 and 1965.  He'd enjoy his best season in 1970, but it wasn't with the Reds.  Johnson was traded to the Angels in November 1969 and he'd have an All-Star season in California, hitting a league leading .329 with 14 home runs and 86 RBIs.

This is Sparky Anderson's rookie card as a manager, as he took over the Reds in 1970 guiding them to a National League pennant.  His actual rookie card can be found within the 1959 Topps set from when he was the starting second baseman for the Phillies.

Pat Corrales and Johnson were teammates on the 1964-1965 Phillies teams.  Both were part of a big six-player trade in October 1965 with the Cardinals.  Corrales spent parts of five seasons with the Reds beginning in 1968, his longest stint with any team.  He'd come back to the Phillies as their manager in 1982.

Bobby Tolan was the starting center fielder for the Reds between 1969 and 1973, missing the entire 1971 season due to an Achilles injury.  He joined the Phillies for the 1976 and 1977 seasons, appearing in 125 games and hitting .253.


Anonymous said...

LIES! Sparky Anderson was never a rookie, he just popped into existence as a white-haired manager. According to, this card shows him in his mid-to-late 30's. C'mon, who's gonna believe that?

Jim said...

I always thought Woodie Fryman was the oldest player in the history of the game.

I'll also admit that the first time I saw this Anderson card, I thought Topps had confused "Reds" for "Tigers". I thought for sure he had been the Tigers manager since at least the early 1900s.