Friday, July 21, 2017

Series Preview - Brewers at Phillies: July 21st to July 23rd

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

Brewers 52-46, 1st Place in the N.L. Central, 1 game ahead of the Cubs
Phillies 32-61, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 24 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Brewers Probables:  Matt Garza (4-4, 3.84), Brent Suter (1-1, 3.09), Junior Guerra (1-3, 4.77)
Phillies Probables:  Aaron Nola (6-6, 3.54), Jeremy Hellickson (6-5, 4.44), Jerad Eickhoff (1-7, 4.83)

At the Ballpark:  Saturday is the annual Photo Night, with fans allowed down on the field to take pictures of the team as they leisurely stroll by.  On Sunday, all kids will receive an Odubel Herrera t-shirt.

Brewers Leaders
Average:  Travis Shaw - .295
Runs:  Eric Thames - 60
Home Runs:  Eric Thames - 23
RBIs:  Travis Shaw - 69
Stolen Bases:  Jonathan Villar - 18

Wins:  Zach Davies - 11
ERA:  Jimmy Nelson - 3.43
Strikeouts:  Jimmy Nelson - 132
Saves:  Corey Knebel - 16

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Aaron Altherr - .288
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 43
Home Runs:  Tommy Joseph - 15
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 52
Stolen Bases:  Howie Kendrick - 8

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson and Aaron Nola - 6
ERA:  Jeremy Hellickson - 4.44
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 88
Saves:  Hector Neris - 9

1982 Topps #466
1982 Topps #487
1982 Topps Appreciation:  Here are two 1982 Topps cards of former Brewers players who also had/have Phillies connections.  Bob McClure is the team's current pitching coach, and he took place in the 1982 reunion festivities last week in Milwaukee.

Here's what I wrote about Randy Lerch's career in a series preview post from 2012:
Randy Lerch was drafted by the Phillies in 1973 and made his Major League debut at the end of the 1975 season.  Primarily a starter, Lerch's best season with the Phillies was 1978, when he hit career highs in wins (11) and strikeouts (96).  Lerch famously hit two home runs on September 30, 1978, in the division clinching game for the Phillies.  He had a decent season in 1979, going 10-13 with a 3.74 ERA in 214 innings pitched - a career high.  He was shipped to the Brewers after earning his World Series ring in 1980.  From 1981 to 1984, Lerch appeared pitched with the Brewers, Expos and Giants before making his way back to the Phillies system.  He appeared in 4 games with the 1986 Phillies before calling it a career.

1 comment:

Jim from Downingtown said...

After being a regular starter for the Phillies from 1977-80, Lerch was left off the 1980 post-season roster, after having a bad year (4-14, 5.16 ERA).

The team manufactured injuries to Lerch and Nino Espinosa (also left off the post-season roster after going 17-17 in his 2 seasons as a Phillies' starter) so they could include the 5-0 Marty Bystrom, who didn't make his major-league debut until September that season. [Hmm... Nino MAY have actually been injured.]

Obviously, Lerch and Espinosa were ticked off by the snub, and moved on after that season.