Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 Chachi #41 Jake Thompson

#44
Jacob Keith Thompson
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  225
Born:  January 31, 1994, Dallas, TX
Home:  Rockwall, TX
Drafted:  Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2nd round of the June 2012 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2016-
Acquired:  Acquired with Matt Harrison, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher from the Texas Rangers for Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and cash considerations, July 31, 2015

2015 Topps Heritage
Minor League #129
2016 Bowman
Prospects #BP107
2016 Chachi #54
 
2017 Topps #344
 
21 Thompson Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2015 Topps Heritage Minor League #129
First Phillies Card:  2016 Bowman Prospects #BP107
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2017 Topps #344
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Latest Card:  2017 Topps Salute #S-135

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2016 Chachi #54
2016 Chachi #56 HL - Strikes out 4 in one inning
2016 Chachi Fan Appreciation Day #4
2017 Chachi #41

Card statistics through 6/23/17.

Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 Topps 1987 Topps #87-62 Aaron Nola

Phillies 5, Cardinals 1
Game 71 - Thursday Afternoon, June 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 23-48, 5th place, 19 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola pitched a gem as the Phillies escaped town with a 5-1 win over the Cardinals.

What It Means:  It won't get any easier as the Phillies will open a four-game series against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix on Friday night.

What Happened:  Nola won his fourth game, pitching into the eighth inning and allowing a run on four hits.  Tommy Joseph had three RBIs, including a solo home run (11) in the fifth inning.  Freddy Galvis also homered (7) for the Phils.

Featured Card:  I have a whole mess of new Nola cards, so it's nice to start showing them off here. Topps has really enjoyed using its 1987 design in recent insert sets, and they're back again this year with a now 200-card set of today's stars on the 1987 Topps design.

Series Preview - Phillies at Diamondbacks: June 23rd to June 26th


Friday 9:40, Saturday 10:10, Saturday 4:10 and Sunday 3:40
Chase Field - Phoenix, AZ

Phillies 23-48, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 19 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Diamondbacks 46-27, Tied for 2nd Place in the N.L. West, 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers

Phillies Probables:  Mark Leiter, Jr. (0-0, 4.74), Ben Lively (1-1, 3.33), Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.61), Nick Pivetta (1-3, 4.46)
Diamondbacks Probables:  Patrick Corbin (6-6, 5.19), Robbie Ray (7-3, 2.87), Zack Greinke (8-4, 3.14), Taijuan Walker (6-3, 3.43)

At the Ballpark:  The Phillies held their Star Wars night on Wednesday, and tomorrow night will be the Diamondbacks' turn.  The first 20,000 fans will receive a Paul Goldschmidt X-Wing Fighter bobble head and there will be postgame fireworks.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .277
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 40
Home Runs:  Aaron Altherr - 12
RBIs:  Aaron Altherr - 38
Stolen Bases:  Howie Kendrick - 8

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 5
ERA:  Jerad Eickhoff - 4.61
Strikeouts:  Jerad Eickhoff - 65
Saves:  Hector Neris - 6

Diamondbacks Leaders
Average:  Paul Goldschmidt - .335
Runs:  Paul Goldschmidt - 66
Home Runs:  Paul Goldschmidt - 18
RBIs:  Paul Goldschmidt - 64
Stolen Bases:  Paul Goldschmidt - 13

Wins:  Zach Greinke - 8
ERA:  Robbie Ray - 2.87
Strikeouts:  Robbie Ray - 114
Saves:  Fernando Rodney - 20

1988 Fleer All-Stars #10 Juan Samuel

Cardinals 7, Phillies 6 (10)
Game 70 - Wednesday Night, June 21st in Philadelphia
Record - 22-48, 5th place, 20 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies continue to find devastating ways to lose, as they blew a 5-0 lead to drop this game in extras to the Cardinals, 7-6.

What It Means:  Let's review the bleakness via Twitter posts:

- Odubel Herrera ran through a stop sign, was out by a mile, and is now out of the game (via Matt Breen).
- Edubray Ramos gave up a double, balked the runner to third and airmailed a throw to first to allow the go-ahead run to score (via Todd Zolecki).
- Elias Sports Bureau: Phillies are the first team in N.L. history to lose 3 consecutive games, all at home, all in extra innings. Ugh, ugh, ugh (via Larry Shenk).

What Happened:  Up 5-0 after four innings, the Phillies allowed the Cardinals to chip away until they tied it in the ninth when Tommy Pham homered off Hector Neris.  A solid outing from Nick Pivetta (6 innings, 3 runs, 4 hits) was wasted.

Featured Card:  With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Herrera reached on a fielder's choice and made the ill-advised decision to try to score on Freddy Galvis' double in spite of third base coach Juan Samuel's explicit stop sign.  Here's a Samuel card from happier times.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017 Chachi #40 Nick Pivetta

#43
Nicholas Jhoncarlo Pivetta
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'5"  Weight:  210
Born:  February 14, 1993, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Home:  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Drafted:  Selected by the Washington Nationals in the 4th round of the June 2013 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2017
Acquired:  Traded from the Washington Nationals for Jonathan Papelbon and cash considerations, July 28, 2015

2016 Grandstand Reading
Fightin Phils #23
6 Pivetta Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2016 Grandstand Reading Fightin Phils #23
First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A*
Latest Card:  2017 Choice Phillies Minor League Top 30 Prospects #21

*There was a 2017 Phillies Team Issue card produced especially for Pivetta to sign at the Phillies Phestival in May, but I don't have this card in my collection (yet)

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2015 Chachi Almost #10
2017 Chachi #40
2017 Chachi Phillies Phestival #15

Card statistics through 6/21/17.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Phillies Team Issue #58 Jeremy Hellickson

Cardinals 8, Phillies 1 (11)
Game 69 - Tuesday Night, June 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 22-47, 5th place, 20 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies and Cardinals were locked in a 1-1 tie until Casey Fien imploded in spectacular fashion in the 11th inning.

What It Means:  The Phillies website dubbed the start by Jeremy Hellickson as a "showcase," and we're about a month away from the Phillies most likely trading away some of their veterans to contending teams.

What Happened:  Hellickson had his best pitching performance in a while, limiting the Cardinals to a run on six hits over seven innings.  Edubray Ramos started the massacre in the 11th with back-to-back walks.  Fien allowed those two runs to score, along with five of his own.

2017 Topps Heritage #184
Featured Card:  Hellickson's outing was the highlight of the game, at least from a Phillies fan's perspective, so he gets the featured card.

Transactions:  The Phillies made a flurry of roster moves before the game, designating both Michael Saunders (.205 average) and Jeanmar Gomez (7.25 ERA) for assignment and placing Jerad Eickhoff on the disabled list with a back strain.  Outfielder Cameron Perkins and pitcher Hoby Milner were purchased from Lehigh Valley while Brock Stassi was recalled to take Eickhoff's spot on the roster.

Phillies Debuts:  After parts of six seasons in the minors, Perkins finally got the call on Tuesday afternoon.  He became the seventh player to make his big league debut with the Phillies this season.

15.  Cameron Perkins (of) - Pinch-hit for Pat Neshek in the bottom of the 10th and flied out to center.

2017 Chachi #39 Ty Kelly

#15
Tyler Patrick Kelly
Outfield-Infield

Bats:  Switch  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  180
Born:  July 20, 1988, Dallas, TX
Drafted:  Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the June 2009 draft
Teams:  New York Mets 2016-2017; Phillies 2017
Acquired:  Purchased from the Toronto Blue Jays, April 22, 2017

0 Kelly Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  N/A
First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Latest Card:  N/A

Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi #39
2017 Chachi In Action #1
2017 Chachi Phillies Phestival #6

Card statistics through 6/20/17.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Series Preview - Cardinals at Phillies: June 20th to June 22nd


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

Cardinals 31-37, Tied for 3rd Place in the N.L. Central, 5 games behind the Brewers
Phillies 22-46, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 19 games behind the Nationals

Cardinals Probables:  Mike Leake (5-6, 3.14), Michael Wacha (3-3, 4.78), Carlos Martinez (6-5, 2.86)
Phillies Probables:  Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.91), Nick Pivetta (1-3, 4.46), Aaron Nola (3-5, 4.76)

At the Ballpark:  It's Star Wars night on Wednesday, with fans holding a theme night ticket receiving a fantastic Phillie Phanatic bobble head wearing his X-Wing Fighter uniform.

Cardinals Leaders
Average:  Jedd Gyorko - .291
Runs:  Dexter Fowler - 38
Home Runs:  Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler - 13
RBIs:  Matt Carpenter - 38
Stolen Bases:  Tommy Pham - 6

Wins:  Adam Wainwright - 7
ERA:  Carlos Martinez - 2.86
Strikeouts:  Carlos Martinez - 107
Saves:  Seung-hwan Oh - 15

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Aaron Altherr - .278
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 40
Home Runs:  Aaron Altherr - 12
RBIs:  Aaron Altherr - 37
Stolen Bases:  Howie Kendrick - 7

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 5
ERA:  Jerad Eickhoff - 4.81
Strikeouts:  Jerad Eickhoff - 65
Saves:  Hector Neris - 6

1982 Topps Traded #108T
1982 Topps Traded #29T
1982 Topps Appreciation:  On November 20, 1981, the Phillies, Cardinals and Indians pulled off a five-player, three-way trade with Bo Diaz coming to the Phillies, Lonnie Smith going to the Cardinals and Silvio Martinez and Lary Sorensen going to the Indians.  The Phillies also sent Scott Munninghoff to the Indians to complete the trade on December 9th.

The trade worked out for the Cardinals as Smith was an All-Star in 1982 and he also helped the team win a World Championship against the Brewers.  He'd go on to win his third World Series ring with the Royals in 1985.  (His first of course was earned with the Phillies in 1980.)

Bo Diaz was never an All-Star with the Phillies, but he did bridge the gap between the Bob Boone years and the Darren Daulton years.  In four seasons with the Phillies, Diaz hit .256 with 36 home runs.

2017 Chachi #38 Ben Lively

#49
Edward Bennett Lively
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  190
Born:  March 5, 1992, Pensacola, FL
Home:  Gulf Breeze, FL
Drafted:  Selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 4th round of the June 2013 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2017
Acquired:  Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds for Marlon Byrd and cash considerations, December 31, 2014
2015 Grandstand Reading
Fightin Phils #19
2015 Bowman The Farm's
Finest Minis #FFM-BL
17 Lively Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2015 Grandstand Reading Fightin Phils #19
First Phillies Card:  2015 Bowman The Farm's Finest Minis #FFM-BL
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Latest Card:  2017 Choice Phillies Minor League Top 30 Prospects #16

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2017 Chachi #38
2017 Chachi In Action #3

Card statistics through 6/19/17.

Monday, June 19, 2017

2017 Chachi #37 Mark Leiter, Jr.

#59
Mark Leiter, Jr.
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  195
Born:  March 13, 1991, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home:  Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 22nd round of the June 2013 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2017
Acquired:  Via draft

2014 Brandt Lakewood
BlueClaws #15
2017 Phillies Team Issue
Phillies Phestival #59
8 Leiter, Jr. Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2014 Brandt Lakewood BlueClaws #15
First Phillies Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue Phillies Phestival #59
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue Phillies Phestival #59
Latest Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue Phillies Phestival #59

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2017 Chachi #37
2017 Chachi Phillies Phestival #18

Card statistics through 6/18/17.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

1982 Fleer #640
Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4 (10)
Game 68 - Sunday Afternoon, June 18th in Philadelphia
Record - 22-46, 5th place, 19 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies lost a tough one to the Diamondbacks on Father's Day, falling in the late innings as Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez couldn't get the job done.

What It Means:  Yet another series sweep drops the Phillies further into the cellar in the division. Following an off day on Monday, the team opens a three-game set with the Cardinals.

What Happened:  Ben Lively bounced back from a three-run first inning to pitch six strong.  Ty Kelly hit a clutch, pinch triple in the sixth to drive home the go-ahead run.  Neris blew the save in the ninth and Gomez allowed a home run to Rey Fuentes in the 10th.

Featured Card:  The Phillies Collector Tweeted out this card earlier today, and I too thought it would be a perfect card to feature in this post.

Field Report:  And we were there!  Our church organized a trip to the game, which included a pre-game tail-gate with a ton of fantastic food.  Our seats in Section 243 were HOT, but the occasional rain shower cooled us off.  Most importantly, we had a great time with our church family and I spent some quality time at the ballpark with my two sons.  Happy Father's Day to all of you Dads out there!

1997 Fleer #406 Matt Beech

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 1
Game 67 - Saturday Afternoon, June 17th in Philadelphia
Record - 22-45, 5th place, 19 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jerad Eickhoff had a good outing, but shoddy relief coupled with a lack of offense helped the Diamondbacks to a 5-1 win.

What It Means:  The Phillies will try to avoid another series sweep this afternoon.

What Happened:  Eickhoff allowed a run on five hits in his six innings of work.  Edubray Ramos and Casey Fien allowed four Diamondbacks runs to score in the seventh, sealing the loss.  Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders both had a pair of hits, but the offense went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

Featured Card:  Meghan Montemurro delivered again via Twitter with this gem:  Eickhoff is the first Phillies starting pitcher to go winless through 14 starts since Matt Beech in 1997.

2017 Chachi #36 Zach Eflin

#56
Zachary Adams Eflin
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'6"  Weight:  211
Born:  April 8, 1994, Orlando, FL
Home:  Chuluota, FL
Drafted:  Selected by the San Diego Padres between the 1st and 2nd rounds of the June 2012 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2016-
Acquired:  Traded with Tom Windle from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jimmy Rollins, December 19, 2014

2015 Grandstand Reading
Fightin Phils #16
2016 Chachi #46
 
2016 Topps Now #211
 
12 Eflin Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2015 Grandstand Reading Fightin Phils #16
First Phillies Card:  2016 Topps Now #211
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue 2 Update #56
Latest Card:  2016 Topps Heritage High Numbers #659

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2016 Chachi #46
2016 Chachi Photo Day #19
2017 Chachi #36
2017 Chachi Phillies Phestival #5 - with Joely Rodriguez

Card statistics through 6/17/17.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2008 Chachi #31 Brad Lidge

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4
Game 66 - Friday Night, June 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 22-44, 5th place, 18 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  A three-run seventh inning from the Diamondbacks sunk the Phillies and Aaron Nola.

What It Means:  The one-game winning streak is over.

What Happened:  Nola was in control until the seventh when he allowed a lead-off single and then a two-run home run to Gregor Blanco to tie the game at four.  Pat Neshek came on in relief of Nola, but the go-ahead run ultimately scored on a sacrifice fly.

The big hit for the Phillies had come an inning earlier when Maikel Franco hit a two-run double to give the team a temporary two run lead.  Cameron Rupp hit a solo home run (5) in the fifth.

Featured Card:  Let's remember happier times.  The run allowed by Neshek in the seventh inning had been inherited from Nola, and Neshek escaped without a run being charged to him.  His ERA is now 0.69, which is the lowest by a Phillies reliever through his first 25 innings of a season since Brad Lidge's 0.72 ERA in 2008.  (Via Meghan Montemurro on Twitter.)

2017 Chachi #35 Luis Garcia

#57
Luis Amado Garcia
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  240
Born:  January 30, 1987, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Home:  Dover, NJ
Signed:  Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent, January 22, 2004
Teams:  Phillies 2013-
Acquired:  Signed as minor league free agent, formerly with the Newark Bears of the independent Canadian-American Association, March 25, 2013

2013 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs Update #8
2013 Chachi #49
 
2014 Topps #451
 
11 Garcia Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2013 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs Update #8
First Phillies Card:  2014 Topps #451
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2014 Topps #451
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #57
Latest Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue #57

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2013 Chachi #49
2014 Chachi #37
2015 Chachi #21
2016 Chachi #38
2016 Chachi Fan Appreciation Day #2
2017 Chachi #35

Card statistics through 6/16/17.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Series Preview - Diamondbacks at Phillies: June 16th to June 18th


Friday 7:05, Saturday 4:05 and Sunday 1:35
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Diamondbacks 41-26, 2nd Place in the N.L. West, 1 game behind the Rockies
Phillies 22-43, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 17 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Diamondbacks Probables:  Patrick Corbin (5-6, 5.38), Zack Godley (2-1, 2.44), Robbie Ray (7-3, 2.62)
Phillies Probables:  Aaron Nola (3-4, 4.40), Jerad Eickhoff (0-7, 5.09), Ben Lively (1-1, 3.00)

At the Ballpark:  On Saturday night, all kids will receive a Phillies W.B. Mason collectible truck.  On Sunday afternoon, for Father's Appreciation Day, all men 15 and over will receive a Phillies Hawaiian shirt, modeled here by Tommy Joseph.

Diamondbacks Leaders
Average:  Paul Goldschmidt - .323
Runs:  Paul Goldschmidt - 58
Home Runs:  Jake Lamb - 16
RBIs:  Jake Lamb - 57
Stolen Bases:  Paul Goldschmidt - 13

Wins:  Zach Greinke - 8
ERA:  Robbie Ray - 2.62
Strikeouts:  Robbie Ray - 107
Saves:  Fernando Rodney - 18

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Aaron Altherr - .281
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 40
Home Runs:  Aaron Altherr - 11
RBIs:  Aaron Altherr - 36
Stolen Bases:  Howie Kendrick - 7

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 5
ERA:  Jeremy Hellickson - 4.91
Strikeouts:  Jerad Eickhoff - 63
Saves:  Hector Neris - 6

2016 Choice Reading Fightin Phils Top Prospects (Horizontal) #8 Nick Pivetta

Phillies 1, Red Sox 0
Game 65 - Thursday Night, June 15th in Philadelphia
Record - 22-43, 5th place, 17 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Nick Pivetta's fine pitching performance and a clutch, pinch-double from Ty Kelly led to a 1-0 win over the Red Sox.

What It Means:  The win halted an eight-game losing streak and the Phillies will try to maintain a winning momentum with a weekend series against the Diamondbacks.

What Happened:  Pivetta, Pat Neshek and Hector Neris combined for the team's first shutout of the season.  Pivetta threw seven terrific innings, striking out nine and allowing just four hits.

With Chris Sale on cruise control heading to the bottom of the eighth, Andrew Knapp singled and came around to score on Kelly's big double.

Featured Card:  Pivetta's sole Phillies card right now is a hard-to-find (I'm still searching) team issued photo card used during the mid-May Phillies Phestival for the rookie pitcher to provide autographs. This is his card from one of last year's Reading issues, the "horizontal" version of the team's Top Prospects set.

2017 Chachi #33 John McLaren CO

#9
John Lowell McLaren
Bullpen Coach

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  190
Born:  September 29, 1951, Galveston, TX
Home:  Peoria, AZ
Teams - As Coach:  Toronto Blue Jays 1986-1990; Boston Red Sox 1991; Cincinnati Reds 1992; Seattle Mariners 1993-2002; Tampa Bay Rays 2003-2005; Seattle Mariners 2007; Washington Nationals 2010-2011; Phillies 2016-
Teams - As Manager:  Seattle Mariners 2007-2008; Washington Nationals 2010

2008 Topps #463
2016 Phillies Team Issue #9
2016 Chachi #33
3 McLaren Baseball Cards in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
irst Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #9
First Phillies Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #9
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #9
Latest Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue 2 #9

First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2008 Topps #463

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2016 Chachi #33
2016 Chachi Photo Day #7 - with Steve Henderson
2017 Chachi #33

Card statistics through 6/15/17.