Friday, July 14, 2017

Series Preview - Phillies at Brewers: July 14th to July 16th

Friday 8:10, Saturday 7:10 and Sunday 2:10
Miller Park - Milwaukee, WI

Phillies 29-58, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 22 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Brewers 50-41, 1st Place in the N.L. Central, 5 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals and Cubs

Phillies Probables:  Nick Pivetta (2-4, 4.73), Aaron Nola (6-6, 3.59), Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.49)
Brewers Probables:  Zach Davies (10-4, 4.90), Jimmy Nelson (8-4, 3.30), Matt Garza (4-4, 3.98)

At the Ballpark:  The Phillies are lucky enough to be in town while the Brewers are celebrating their 1982 American League Championship year.  Both teams will wear throw-back jerseys tonight and the first 20,000 fans will receive a Paul Molitor replica jersey.  On Saturday, there will be a pregame ceremony honoring the 1982 Brewers team which will include former Phillies Don Money and Larry Hisle.

Finally on Sunday, all fans with receive a 1982 A.L. Championship replica ring.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Aaron Altherr - .284
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 40
Home Runs:  Tommy Joseph - 15
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 45
Stolen Bases:  Howie Kendrick - 8

Wins:  Aaron Nola - 6
ERA:  Jeremy Hellickson - 4.49
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 81
Saves:  Hector Neris - 7

Brewers Leaders
Average:  Travis Shaw - .299
Runs:  Eric Thames - 58
Home Runs:  Eric Thames - 23
RBIs:  Travis Shaw - 65
Stolen Bases:  Keon Broxton - 17

Wins:  Zach Davies - 10
ERA:  Jimmy Nelson - 3.30
Strikeouts:  Jimmy Nelson - 118
Saves:  Corey Knebel - 14

1982 Topps #93
1982 Topps #709
1982 Topps Appreciation:  As mentioned above, two former Phillies will be on-hand this weekend to help the Brewers celebrate the 35th anniversary of their last trip to the World Series.  Both Hisle (1968-1971) and Money (1968-1972) started their careers with the Phillies and they'd both go on to find greater success in the American League.  Here's what I wrote about the duo in a Brewers series preview post from 2012:
Larry Hisle came up with the Phillies in 1968 and appeared in 314 games with the club between 1968 and 1971.  His production from a successful 1969 season (.266, 20 home runs, 56 RBIs) significantly tailed off the next two years and the Phils traded him away to the Dodgers following the 1971 season for Tommy Hutton.  Hisle spent 1972 with the Dodgers top farm club and then bounced from the Cardinals to the Twins prior to the 1973 campaign.  He found success in the American League, serving primarily as a DH for the Twins (1973-1977) and Brewers (1978-1982). 
Don Money was Hisle's teammate first in Philly and then with the Brewers.  Originally a shortstop, the Phils moved him to third base to make room for rookie Larry Bowa in 1970.  He was dealt to the Brewers following the 1972 season to make room for rookie Mike Schmidt.  With the Brewers between  1973 and 1983, Money was named to four All-Star teams and he earned the nickname "Brooks" for his fine defense.  Over his 16-year career, he tallied 176 home runs.


Steve F. said...

I wonder whether the Brewers picked this weekend because Bob McClure is in town with the Phillies. The biggest names on that team are Yount, Vukovich and Molitor. Yount and Vuke are not in baseball and can come anytime. Molitor manages the Twins who don't play in Milwaukee this year. I didn't check everyone else but they may have said "What the heck, might as well make it when McClure is here and can make it."

For my 15th high school reunion, the class officers were deciding between two weekends. I lived 2500 miles away and just happened to be in town one weekend but not the other. One of the officers told me that I was the only one who could make it one but not the other weekend so that was the reason they picked that weekend. As I told him, when we were in high school, that would ahve caused people to pick the other weekend!

Anyway, I hope Bob McClure and the Brewers malimnj and fans enjoyed the event tonight!

Jim said...

I thought it was a strange weekend to commemorate the 1982 season, and it would have made more sense to do it against the Cardinals this year. Your McClure theory makes sense!