Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 Chachi #19 Adam Morgan

#39
Adam Christopher Morgan
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  204
Born:  February 27, 1990, Tampa, FL
Home:  Marietta, GA
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 3rd round of the June 2011 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2015-
Acquired:  Via draft

2012 Grandstand Clearwater
Threshers #23
2013 Bowman Chrome Cream
of the Crop #CC-PP5
2015 Chachi #45
 
2016 Topps #610
 
15 Morgan Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2012 Grandstand Clearwater Threshers #23
First Phillies Card:  2013 Bowman Chrome Cream of the Crop Mini Refractors #CC-PP5
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2016 Topps #610
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #39
Latest Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue 2 #39

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Complete Chachi Checklist
2015 Chachi #45
2015 Chachi Special Edition #12
2016 Chachi #39
2017 Chachi #19

Card statistics through 5/24/17.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1991 Medford Phillies Update #49 Tommy Greene

Rockies 8, Phillies 2
Game 43 - Tuesday Night, May 23rd in Philadelphia
Record - 15-28, 5th place, 11 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The surging Rockies continued to punish the hapless Phillies, winning this game easily, 8-2.

What It Means:  The loss dropped the Phillies into sole possession of last place in the division.  The paid attendance of 17,109 was also a season low.

What Happened:  The slumping Maikel Franco, Michael Saunders and Cameron Rupp were all given the night off.  The offense went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.  Aaron Altherr had a pair of hits and Andrew Knapp (2) hit a solo home run in the ninth off Chad Qualls.  Zach Eflin allowed all eight runs in his six innings of work.

Featured Card:  The 2017 Phillies aren't giving me much to write about, so here's a look back at this day in Phillies history.  On May 23, 1991, Tommy Greene no-hit the Expos in Montreal.  Phungo ran a few posts last year showing three of the baseball cards to commemorate this event, and in my recent checklisting activities I came across a fourth card shown here.  This card was released with the Medford Phillies Update set available for sale at Veterans Stadium late in the 1991 season.

To recap, I believe this is your master checklist for collecting baseball cards celebrating Greene's no-hitter.


Transaction:  The Phillies placed Daniel Nava on the ten-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and Adam Morgan was once again recalled from the IronPigs.

2017 Chachi #18 Vince Velasquez

#28
Vincent John Velasquez
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Switch  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  215
Born:  June 7, 1992, Montclair, CA
Home:  Pomona, CA
Drafted:  Selected by the Houston Astros in the 2nd round of the June 2010 draft
Teams:  Houston Astros 2015; Phillies 2016-
Acquired:  Acquired with Mark AppelBrett OberholtzerThomas Eshelman and Harold Arauz from the Houston Astros for Ken Giles and Jonathan Arauz, December 12, 2015

2015 Topps Update #US258
2016 Phillies Team Issue #28
2016 Chachi #18
10 Velasquez Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #28
First Phillies Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #28
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #28
Latest Card:  2017 Topps Now Road to Opening Day #OD-284

First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2015 Topps Update #US258

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Complete Chachi Checklist
2016 Chachi New Additions #10
2016 Chachi #18
2016 Chachi #35 HL
2016 Chachi #69 Pitching Leaders (with Jeremy Hellickson and Jerad Eickhoff)
2016 Chachi #70 Strikeout Leaders (with Jerad Eickhoff and Jeremy Hellickson)
2016 Chachi Archives #8
2016 Chachi Photo Day #18
2017 Chachi #18

Card statistics through 5/23/17.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1995 Pinnacle #79 Charlie Hayes

Rockies 8, Phillies 1
Game 42 - Monday Night, May 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 15-27, 4th place, 10 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Rockies offense punished Jerad Eickhoff as the floundering Phils lost, 8-1

What It Means:  The Phillies are not a fun team to watch right now. They've lost 18 of their last 22 and if not for the even worse Marlins (15-28) and Padres (16-30) they'd be the worst team in baseball right now.

What Happened:  Eickhoff allowed four runs on nine hits in his six innings. Tommy Joseph had a big error in the ninth allowing two (meaningless) unearned runs to score.  The Phillies offense managed only three hits, two of which were doubles by Aaron Altherr.

Featured Card:  Did you know the first ex-Phillies player to join the Rockies was Charlie Hayes? Hayes was taken as the third overall pick in the 1992 expansion draft by the Rockies, and he'd spend the 1993 and 1994 seasons as their starting third baseman before returning to the Phillies for the 1995 season.  Hayes is now the bench coach for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

2017 Chachi #17 Clay Buchholz

#21
Clay Daniel Buchholz
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  190
Born:  August 14, 1984, Nederland, TX
Home:  Austin, TX
Drafted:  Selected by the Boston Red Sox as a supplemental pick in the 1st round of the June 2005 draft
Teams:  Boston Red Sox 2007-2016; Phillies 2017
Acquired:  Acquired from the Boston Red Sox for Josh Tobias, December 20, 2016

2008 Topps #232
2017 Topps #267
2017 Topps Heritage #148
5 Buccholz Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2017 Topps #267
First Phillies Card:  2017 Topps Heritage #148
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue #21
Latest Card:  2017 Topps Now Road to Opening Day #OD-281

First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2008 Topps #232

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Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi New Additions #6
2017 Chachi #17

Card statistics through 5/22/17.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Series Preview - Rockies at Phillies: May 22nd to May 25th


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05, Thursday 1:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Rockies 28-17, 1st Place in the N.L. West, 2 games ahead of the Diamondbacks
Phillies 15-26, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 10 games behind the Nationals

Rockies Probables:  Jeff Hoffman (1-0, 5.40), German Marquez (2-2, 4.34), Tyler Chatwood (3-6, 5.09), Tyler Anderson (3-4, 6.00)
Phillies Probables:  Jerad Eickhoff (0-4, 4.53), Zach Eflin (0-1, 4.25), Jeremy Hellickson (5-1, 3.44), Vince Velasquez (2-4, 5.98)

At the Ballpark:  Fans 15 and over will receive an @Phillies Tech Kit, and I believe it's the first time for this particular giveaway.  The kit will include phone chargers, headphones and a carrying case. All fans will receive a Phillies hat on Wednesday, Teva Respiratory Night.  Seniors who stick around until after the game on Thursday will be able to stroll the bases.

Rockies Leaders
Average:  Mark Reynolds - .323
Runs:  Charlie Blackmon - 31
Home Runs:  Mark Reynolds - 12
RBIs:  Mark Reynolds - 39
Stolen Bases:  Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu - 3

Wins:  Antonio Senzatela - 6
ERA:  Kyle Freeland - 3.31
Strikeouts:  Tyler Anderson - 49
Saves:  Greg Holland - 19

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .296
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 33
Home Runs:  Aaron Altherr - 8
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 28
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 6

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 5
ERA:  Jeremy Hellickson - 3.44
Strikeouts:  Vince Velasquez - 45
Saves:  Hector Neris - 4

2017 Topps #340 Aaron Nola

Pirates 1, Phillies 0
Game 41 - Sunday Afternoon, May 21st in Pittsburgh
Record - 15-26, 4th place, 10 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola's fantastic pitching performance upon his return from the disabled list was wasted due a lack of any Phillies offense.

What It Means:  The Phillies have lost seven consecutive series for the first time since 2006.  (Per Meghan Montemurro via Twitter.)

What Happened:  The Pirates scored their sole run on a bases-loaded hit by pitch in the sixth inning. Nola threw 89 pitches in his return, throwing seven solid innings.  He allowed four hits while striking out five.  The Phillies offense managed three hits off Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl and four relievers.

Featured Card:  I haven't had any reasons to post a Nola card yet this season, so let's start with his base card from the Topps flagship set.  Hopefully I'm posting many more of the young pitcher's cards as the season progresses.

Transaction:  Nola was activated from the disabled list prior to the game.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

1986 Cigna Phillies #4 Kent Tekulve

Pirates 6, Phillies 3
Game 40 - Saturday Afternoon, May 20th in Pittsburgh
Record - 15-25, 4th place, 9 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Vince Velasquez continued his rough season as the Pirates took the win, 6-3.

What It Means:  The Phils last won two games in a row on April 26th and 27th.

What Happened:  Velasquez allowed five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.  Meghan Montemurro pointed out on Twitter that Velasquez has now pitched six innings or less in 27 of his 32 starts with the Phillies.  Ivan Nova pitched into the eighth inning for the Pirates, scattering nine hits and allowing three Phillies runs.

Featured Card:  When the Phils are playing poorly, it becomes difficult to find any baseball card to be representative of any given loss.  Rather than struggle to make some far-reaching connection between this latest loss and a recent Phillies baseball card, here's a card of Phillies Room favorite Kent Tekulve that has yet to appear on this blog during its now eight-year run.  Whenever the Phillies and Pirates match up, I don't mind finding an excuse to post a Tekulve card.

2017 Chachi #16 Aaron Nola

#27
Aaron Michael Nola
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  200
Born:  June 4, 1993, Baton Rouge, LA
Home:  Baton Rouge, LA
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 1st round of the June 2014 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2015-
Acquired:  Via draft

2014 Grandstand Clearwater
Threshers #49
2014 Bowman Draft Picks &
Prospects Draft Picks #DP4
2015 Chachi #51
 
2016 Topps #133
 
77 Nola Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2014 Grandstand Clearwater Threshers #49
First Phillies Card:  2014 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Draft Picks #DP4
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2016 Topps #133
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #27 (SP)
Latest Card:  2017 Topps Now Road to Opening Day #OD-283


Complete Chachi Checklist
2014 Chachi Almost #4 FS
2015 Chachi #51
2016 Chachi #15
2016 Chachi Archives #14
2016 Chachi Photo Day #26
2016 Chachi Special Edition #6
2017 Chachi #16
2017 Chachi Phillies Phestival #20

Card statistics through 5/20/17.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen #207 Jeremy Hellickson

Phillies 7, Pirates 2
Game 39 - Friday Night, May 19th in Pittsburgh
Record - 15-24, 4th place, 9 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeremy Hellickson was cruising before an apparent back injury forced him from the game, but the Phils still won 7-2.

What It Means:  Hellickson was trying to become the first Phillies starting pitcher to throw seven innings since Vince Velasquez did it back on May 6th.  He doubled in the top of the seventh to score Maikel Franco but had to leave the game with the injury.

What Happened:  Hellickson recorded his fifth win by allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings and allowing just two hits.  Pat Neshek, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris kept the Pirates off the board over the final three innings.  Cameron Rupp's three-run home run (4) in the ninth provided a nice cushion for the win.

Featured Card:  This is Hellickson's card from this year's Topps Gypsy Queen set.

Transaction:  Adam Morgan was recalled from the IronPigs to take Nick Pivetta's spot on the roster. Morgan will be available out of the bullpen for two games before Aaron Nola is expected to be activated for Sunday's series finale.

2017 Chachi #15 Jerad Eickhoff

#48
Jerad Joseph Eickhoff
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  248
Born:  July 2, 1990, Evansville, IL
Home:  Evansville, IL
Drafted:  Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the June 2011 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2015-
Acquired:  Acquired with Matt HarrisonNick WilliamsJorge AlfaroJake Thompson and Alec Asher from the Texas Rangers for Cole HamelsJake Diekman and cash considerations, July 31, 2015

2015 Chachi #60
2016 Topps #2
14 Eickhoff Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2016 Topps #2
First Phillies Card:  2016 Topps #2
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2016 Topps #2
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #48
Latest Card:  2017 Topps Now Road to Opening Day #OD-282

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Complete Chachi Checklist
2015 Chachi #60
2016 Chachi Preview #2
2016 Chachi #17
2016 Chachi #68 ERA Leaders (with Jeremy Hellickson)
2016 Chachi #69 Pitching Leaders (with Jeremy Hellickson and Vince Velasquez)
2016 Chachi #70 Strikeout Leaders (with Jeremy Hellickson and Vince Velasquez)
2017 Chachi Preview #3
2017 Chachi #15
2017 Chachi Phillies Phestival #19 (with Andres Blanco)

Card statistics through 5/18/17.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Series Preview - Phillies at Pirates: May 19th to May 21st


Friday 7:05, Saturday 4:05 and Sunday 1:35
PNC Park - Pittsburgh, PA

Phillies 14-24, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 10 games behind the Nationals
Pirates 18-23, 5th Place in the N.L. Central, 5 1/2 games behind the Brewers

Phillies Probables:  Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 3.71), Vince Velasquez (2-3, 5.63), Aaron Nola (2-0, 4.50)
Pirates Probables:  Trevor Williams (2-2, 6.41), Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.48), Chad Kuhl (1-4, 6.69)

At the Ballpark:  The Pirates are throwing out some fairly strong promotions for this weekend series.  There will be fireworks after the game tonight and on Sunday all kids will receive a Pirates baseball glove.

On Saturday afternoon, the first 20,000 fans will receive what's being called a "Bob Walk Chair-Tip Bobblechair."  My assumption is that this is the typical broadcasting positioning of former Phillies pitcher and current Pirates broadcaster Bob Walk.  Very cool item.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .299
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 30
Home Runs:  Aaron Altherr - 8
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 28
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 6

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 4
ERA:  Jeremy Hellickson - 3.71
Strikeouts:  Jerad Eickhoff - 43
Saves:  Hector Neris - 4

Pirates Leaders
Average:  Josh Harrison - .286
Runs:  Andrew McCutchen - 19
Home Runs:  Josh Bell - 9
RBIs:  Andrew McCutchen - 19
Stolen Bases:  Gregory Polanco - 6

Wins:  Ivan Nova - 3
ERA:  Ivan Nova - 2.48
Strikeouts:  Gerrit Cole - 50
Saves:  Tony Watson - 8

1982 Topps #235
1982 Topps #332
1982 Topps #458
1982 Topps #485
1982 Topps Appreciation:  If you had told me in 1982 that Mike Easler, Don Robinson and Kent Tekulve, all major stars for the Pirates in my mind, would be playing for the Phillies in the coming decade I would have been ecstatic.  Tekulve had a successful run with the Phillies as one of their most reliable relief pitchers in the late 1980s.  Easler and Robinson had less successful, and much shorter, stints with the Phillies.

Willie Montanez, the Phillies' regular center fielder in 1971 and 1972 and their starting first baseman in 1974, came back to the organization on August 10, 1982, having been released by the Pirates. Montanez appeared in the final 18 games of his 14-year career with the Phillies, hitting just .063 (1 for 16) primarily as a late-inning defensive replacement for Pete Rose at first base.

2000 Pacific Paramount #178 Ron Gant

Rangers 8, Phillies 4
Game 38 - Thursday Afternoon, May 18th in Arlington
Record - 14-24, 4th place, 10 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Rangers effortlessly completed the sweep of the Phillies, winning this ballgame 8-4.

What It Means:  Freddy Galvis had this to say after the game: "It sucks, man. That's the truth. If somebody says it's OK, it's not OK. We're (bleeping) losing a lot of games."  The Phillies have lost 15 of their last 18 and this is their worst start to a season (after 38 games) since the horrendous 2000 campaign.

What Happened:  Nick Pivetta was chased in the fifth inning, having thrown 107 pitches but allowing only a run on three hits.  Joely Rodriguez entered the ballgame and allowed seven runs on six hits while retiring only two batters.  His ERA increased from 4.05 to 6.97 in the course of about 35 minutes.  On the bright side, both Maikel Franco (6) and Tommy Joseph homered (6).

Featured Card:  Terry Francona's 2000 Phillies club finished with a record of 65-97.  That team actually won its 38th game to improve its record to 14-24.  Randy Wolf got the win and Jeff Brantley recorded his first save of the season.  Ron Gant had a big three-run home run in the fifth off Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile.

Transaction:  Following the game, Pivetta was optioned to Lehigh Valley and a corresponding roster move will be made prior to Friday's game.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2015 Topps Chrome Gallery of Greats #GGR-29 Cole Hamels

Rangers 9, Phillies 3
Game 37 - Wednesday Night, May 17th in Arlington
Record - 14-23, 4th place, 10 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Zach Eflin was chased early as the Phillies dropped a forgettable game to the Rangers, 9-3.

What It Means:  The Phils will try to avoid the series sweep in this afternoon's matinee with the Rangers, before heading to Pittsburgh for a weekend series.

What Happened:  Eflin departed after four innings having allowed seven runs on 11 hits.  Michael Saunders hit a two-run home run (4) in the seventh inning to spoil the Rangers' shut-out.

Featured Card:  Phillies Room favorite Cole Hamels is on the disabled list with an oblique injury, so we won't get to see him in this series.  Hamels is under contract with the Rangers through the 2018 season, and in a recent interview he didn't rule out possibly returning to the Phillies one day.

2015 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs Update #22 Jayson Nix

Rangers 5, Phillies 1
Game 36 - Tuesday Night, May 16th in Arlington
Record - 14-22, 4th place, 10 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Yu Darvish baffled the Phillies hitters as the Rangers won, 5-1.

What It Means:  Maybe this isn't the year the Phillies start to put it all together?

What Happened:  Jerad Eickhoff faced off against his original team, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings of work. Nomar Mazara and Mike Napoli both homered for the Rangers.  Darvish allowed a run on four hits while striking out nine over seven innings.

Featured Card:  The last time the Phillies played the Rangers in Arlington was on April 2, 2014, as part of their opening series.  Jayson Nix was the Phillies shortstop on that day and this is his sole Phillies-related baseball card in my collection.

Nix began the 2014 season with the Phillies but was designated for assignment on May 12th.  Over the next 12 months, he'd bounce from the Rays to the Pirates to the Royals to the Orioles and then back to the Phillies, signing a minor league deal with the club on May 16, 2015.  Nix appeared in 29 games for the IronPigs, hitting .157 before being released on June 23rd.

Matt Gelb Tweeted out the entire starting line-up which contains a few Phillies Room favorites.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Series Preview - Phillies at Rangers: May 16th to May 18th


Tuesday and Wednesday 8:05,  Thursday 2:05
Globe Life Park - Arlington, TX

Phillies 14-21, Tied for 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 9 games behind the Nationals
Rangers 19-20, Tied for 2nd Place in the A.L. West, 8 games behind the Astros

Phillies Probables:  Jerad Eickhoff (0-3, 4.76), Zach Eflin (0-0, 2.81), Nick Pivetta (0-2, 6.14)
Rangers Probables:  Yu Darvis (3-2, 2.96), Andrew Cashner (0-3, 2.43), Martin Perez (1-5, 3.89)

It's a shame Cole Hamels is on the disabled list right now with an oblique injury.  A Hamels-Eickhoff match-up tonight would have been really cool.

At the Ballpark:  On Thursday afternoon, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Papa John's Texas Rangers Throwback Thursday Collector Pin.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .311
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 30
Home Runs:  Aaron Altherr - 8
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 25
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 6

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 4
ERA:  Zach Eflin - 3.71
Strikeouts:  Vince Velasquez - 39
Saves:  Hector Neris - 4

Rangers Leaders
Average:  Elvis Andrus - .289
Runs:  Joey Gallo - 26
Home Runs:  Joey Gallo - 12
RBIs:  Joey Gallo - 27
Stolen Bases:  Elvis Andrus and Delino DeShields - 7

Wins:  A.J. Griffin - 4
ERA:  Yu Darvish - 2.96
Strikeouts:  Yu Darvish - 52
Saves:  Matt Bush - 4

1982 Topps #16
1982 Topps #463
1982 Topps #590
1982 Topps #624
1982 Topps Appreciation:  Similar to what I did with the weekend series with the Nationals, here are four 1982 Topps cards with connections to both teams in this Phillies series.  Steve Comer and Jim Kern featured prominently in my Phillies Missing Links custom set, with Comer's custom Phillies card here and Kern's custom Phillies card here.

Al Oliver and Fergie Jenkins received actual Phillies baseball cards to commemorate their time in Philadelphia.  Oliver hit the trifecta with Phillies cards in the 1985 Donruss, Fleer and Topps sets. I added Jenkins' 1966 Topps rookie card to my collection a few Christmases ago and this card has had a number of reprinted versions over the years.