Monday, September 20, 2021

Series Preview - Orioles at Phillies: September 20th to September 22nd

1986 Topps #548
1986 Topps #16

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

At the Ballpark:  There's a rare September Dollar Dog Night tonight at the ballpark.  On Tuesday night, and from the Phillies website:  Temple Health and the Phillies are teaming up to help students - and adults - have a safe return to school by offering free "Back to School" COVID-19 vaccinations at the Suite Patio.  Guests must be at least 12 years of age to be eligible to receive the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.  Those who receive their vaccines at this event will receive a voucher for two free tickets to a 2022 Phillies game, a concession credit voucher for a free hot dog and soda, and a Phillies giveaway. 

Orioles 47-102
5th Place in the A.L. East, 44 1/2 games behind the Rays

Orioles Probables
John Means (5-7, 3.41)
Chris Ellis (0-0, 2.82)
Keegan Akin (2-10, 6.93)

Orioles Leaders
Average:  Cedric Mullins - .301
Runs:  Cedric Mullins - 88
Home Runs:  Ryan Mountcastle - 30
RBIs:  Ryan Mountcastle - 83
Stolen Bases:  Cedric Mullins - 30

Wins:  Matt Harvey - 6
ERA:  N/A
Strikeouts:  John Means - 118
Saves:  Cesar Valdez - 8
Phillies 76-73
2nd Place in the N.L. East, 2 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables
Ranger Suarez (6-4, 1.50)
TBD
Zack Wheeler (14-9, 2.83)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Bryce Harper - .313
Runs:  Bryce Harper - 93
Home Runs:  Bryce Harper - 33
RBIs:  Bryce Harper - 80
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 13

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 14
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 2.83
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 231
Saves:  Hector Neris - 12
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Game 149 - Phils Fall Short Against Mets

2020 Topps Future Stars Club
June 2020 Exclusive Set #1
Mets 3
, Phillies 2
Game 149 - Sunday Night, September 19th in Flushing
Record - 76-73, 2nd Place, 2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  A Jeff McNeil solo home run in the seventh was the difference in this game as the Phils lost the series finale to the Mets, 3-2.

What It Means:  The Phillies open a crucial seven-game homestand tonight against the Orioles (47-102) and then the Pirates (56-93).  They've put themselves in a position where they need to win the majority (if not all) of these games in order to stay in the playoff hunt.  A three game series with the first place Braves in Atlanta is on the horizon next week.

What Happened:  With a short bullpen, manager Joe Girardi pushed starter Kyle Gibson into the seventh inning and that's where he faltered.  McNeil homered to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead which ended up being the final score.  Gibson went 6 2/3 innings, allowing the three runs on seven hits.

The Phillies offense had its chances, leaving 10 runners on base.  J.T. Realmuto doubled home Bryce Harper in the first for the game's first run.  Harper hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the fifth for their second run.  In the ninth, with Freddy Galvis as the tying run at first, Harper flied out to left off Mets' closer Edwin Diaz to end the game.

Featured Card:  Harper can't continue to carry the team, and it would be great if someone else other than Harper (or Jean Segura for that matter) got hot at this point.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Game 148 - 2021 Topps Now #719 Jean Segura

Phillies 5
, Mets 3
Game 148 - Saturday Night, September 18th in Flushing
Record - 76-72, 2nd Place, 1 game behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies kept their momentum going, as Jean Segura and Bryce Harper led the team to a 5-3 win over the Mets.

What It Means:  With the Braves losing again in San Francisco to Gabe Kapler's Giants, the Phillies are now a game out of first place.

What Happened:  Segura accounted for the first two runs of the game with solo home runs in the first and third.  The Phillies added three more runs in the seventh when Freddy Galvis doubled home Brad Miller, and then Harper doubled home Galvis and Odubel Herrera.

Aaron Nola earned the win, pitching 5 2/3 innings while allowing a run on four hits.  Ian Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the win and notch his eighth save with the Phils.

Featured Card:  Segura has been huge for the Phillies all season, and he's a big reason why they're now within striking distance of first place with 13 games to go.  Most of his 2021 baseball cards have come via Topps Now, a good indicator he's been the reason for quite a few Phillies wins.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Game 147 - 2021 Topps Allen & Ginter #264 Didi Gregorius

Phillies 4
, Mets 3
Game 147 - Friday Night, September 17th in Flushing
Record - 75-72, 2nd Place, 2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies hung on to win in New York, inching closer to the Braves in the N.L. East standings.

What It Means:  With the Braves losing a late night game in San Francisco, the Phillies are now only two games behind them for the top spot in the division.

What Happened:  Zack Wheeler didn't have his best stuff, but he battled through five innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out six.  After Archie Bradley allowed two Mets runs in the eighth, Ian Kennedy was asked to convert a four-out save.  He got out of the eighth and pitched a perfect ninth to send the Phillies to victory.

The Phillies held a 3-1 lead through seven innings courtesy of sacrifice flies from Freddy Galvis and Matt Vierling and a solo home run from Brad Miller.  Didi Gregorius delivered a huge RBI double in the eighth to give the team a much-needed insurance run.

Featured Card:  Gregorius has had an awful season, both with the bat and the glove, so it was great to see him contribute to this win.

Transaction:  Damon Jones (lhp) was recalled from Lehigh Valley and JD Hammer (rhp) was optioned down.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Series Preview - Phillies at Mets: September 17th to September 19th

2021 Chachi 1986 Topps Missing Links #12
1986 Topps #649

Friday 7:10, Saturday 7:15, Sunday 7:08

Citi Field - Flushing, NY

At the Ballpark:  On Friday, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Pete Alonso black Mets t-shirt.  There's postgame fireworks on Saturday and on Sunday all fans will receive a Mets tote bag and 2022 magnetic schedule.

Phillies 74-72
2nd Place in the N.L. East, 3 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables
Zack Wheeler (13-9, 2.86)
Aaron Nola (7-8, 4.58)
Kyle Gibson (4-4, 4.85)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Bryce Harper - .314
Runs:  Bryce Harper - 92
Home Runs:  Bryce Harper - 33
RBIs:  Bryce Harper - 77
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 13

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 13
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 2.86
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 225
Saves:  Hector Neris - 12
Mets 72-75
3rd Place in the N.L. East, 5 1/2 games behind the Braves

Mets Probables
Taijuan Walker (7-9, 4.29)
Carlos Carrasco (1-2, 5.59)
Rich Hill (0-3, 3.88)

Mets Leaders
Average:  Pete Alonso - .259
Runs:  Pete Alonso - 74
Home Runs:  Pete Alonso - 33
RBIs:  Pete Alonso - 87
Stolen Bases:  Jonathan Villar - 13

Wins:  Jeurys Familia and Marcus Stroman - 9
ERA:  Marcus Stroman - 2.88
Strikeouts:  Marcus Stroman - 151
Saves:  Edwin Diaz - 29
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Game 146 - 2020 Topps On Demand Summer Blockbuster #13 Bryce Harper

Phillies 17
, Cubs 8
Game 146 - Thursday Night, September 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 74-72, 2nd Place, 3 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  After a nightmarish third inning in which the Cubs scored seven times, the Phillies bats came to life, plating 17 runs in this much-needed and cathartic win.

What It Means:  Per this Tweet from Stats by STATS, the Phillies are the first National League team in the modern era to trail by seven or more runs in a game but end up winning by nine or more runs.

What Happened:  It was another bullpen game, which is becoming a problem.  Matt Moore and JD Hammer were responsible for the damage, allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks in the third inning.  The bullpen settled down after that.  Andrew McCutchen started the scoring with a two-run double in the fourth and J.T. Realmuto tied the game later that inning with a two-run single to center.  Bryce Harper would add a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth and a three-run home run in the seventh.  Jean Segura and Odubel Herrera both had three RBI nights.  Enjoying multi-hit nights for the Phillies were Herrera, Segura, Harper, McCutchen and Matt Vierling, who didn't enter the game until the sixth.

Featured Card:  Harper continues to build upon his MVP-worthy season statistics.

Game 145 - Phils Blow Two Saves, Win on Passed Ball

2021 Topps Allen & Ginter
Full Size Relics #AGA-JTR
Phillies 6
, Cubs 5
Game 145 - Wednesday Night, September 15th in Philadelphia
Record - 73-72, 2nd Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  After the bullpen recorded two more blown saves, the Phillies lucked into a win as they scored the winning run on a ninth inning passed ball.

What It Means:  The team is still barely alive in the play-off hunt.

What Happened:  Ranger Suarez had yet another effective outing, allowing two runs over six innings pitched and departing with the Phillies holding a 4-2 lead.  Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run in the first and J.T. Realmuto added an RBI-single in the fifth.  In the eighth, Jose Alvarado gave up a two-run home run to Robinson Chirinos, tying the game at 4-4.  Realmuto gave the Phillies another brief lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.  But then Ian Kennedy gave up another home run to Matt Duffy on the first pitch of the top of the ninth.

With the score tied again, Andrew Knapp singled to start the ninth off Cubs reliever Trevor Megill and was bunted over to second by Mickey Moniak.  Knapp went to third on a grounder back to the pitcher from Odubel Herrera, and he scored the winning run on a Chirinos passed ball.

Featured Card:  Realmuto is playing hurt at this point, splitting time between catcher and first base just to keep his bat in the line-up.  His home run in the eighth was a positive momentum shift that lasted until Kennedy took the mound.  Realmuto was somehow omitted from the Topps Allen & Ginter checklist this year, but he does have a full-size relic insert card from the set.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Game 144 - 2021 Topps Allen & Ginter #100 Alec Bohm

Cubs 6
, Phillies 3
Game 144 - Tuesday Night, September 14th in Philadelphia
Record - 72-72, 2nd Place, 4 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies dropped another game, this time to the fourth place Cubs, as their play-off hopes continued to dim.

What It Means:  Maybe the 2021 Phillies just aren't a good baseball team.  The September collapse is no longer an anomaly for this club, but rather an annual expected occurence.

What Happened:  Kyle Gibson was perfect through four innings, setting down 12 Cubs batters in a row and striking out seven.  And then he completely fell apart in the fifth, unable to locate pitches, and allowing four Cubs runs on five hits, including back-to-back home runs by Patrick Wisdom and Alfonso Rivas.  That was pretty much it for the Phillies.  Odubel Herrera hit a solo home run to start the game.  Bryce Harper doubled home Jean Segura and Didi Gregorius singled home Harper in the sixth.  Reliever Sam Coonrod allowed two more Cubs runs in the sixth.

With the exception of Harper, Zack Wheeler and Ranger Suarez, I'm tired of watching this Phillies team play.

Featured Card:  Alec Bohm, who was banished to the minors last month and who hasn't played a game in a while due to a hand injury, was announced as the team's Roberto Clemente Award nominee for his work in the local community.  This is a nice honor for the young third baseman, and likely the highlight of his nightmare season.

Transaction:  On Monday, Enyel De Los Santos (rhp) was claimed off waivers by the Pirates, ending his baffling four-year odyssey with the Phillies.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Series Preview - Cubs at Phillies: September 14th to September 16th

1986 Topps #188
2021 Chachi Fan Favorites #2

Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05, Thursday 6:05

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

At the Ballpark:  On Wednesday night, the Phillies will celebrate the annual Roberto Clemente Day.

Cubs 65-79
4th Place in the N.L. Central, 24 games behind the Brewers

Cubs Probables
Adrian Sampson (0-2, 2.20)
Alec Mills (6-6, 4.35)
Kyle Hendricks (14-6, 4.54)

Cubs Leaders
Average:  Ian Happ - .223
Runs:  Kris Bryant - 58
Home Runs:  Patrick Wisdom - 25
RBIs:  Javier Baez - 65
Stolen Bases:  Javier Baez - 13

Wins:  Kyle Hendricks - 14
ERA:  Kyle Hendricks - 4.54
Strikeouts:  Kyle Hendricks - 122
Saves:  Craig Kimbrel - 23
Phillies 72-71
2nd Place in the N.L. East, 4 1/2 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables
Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.60)
Ranger Suarez (6-4, 1.38)
TBD

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Bryce Harper - .307
Runs:  Bryce Harper - 87
Home Runs:  Bryce Harper - 32
RBIs:  Bryce Harper - 72
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 12

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 13
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 2.86
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 225
Saves:  Hector Neris - 12
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Monday, September 13, 2021

Game 143 - We'd Trade Our Picnic Blanket for a Win

Rockies 5
, Phillies 4
Game 143 - Sunday Afternoon, September 12th in Philadelphia
Record - 72-71, 2nd Place, 4 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola was brilliant in this game until he wasn't, and Hector Neris allowed a two-run seventh inning home run to Garrett Hampson to give the Rockies the lead and the eventual win.

What It Means:  The Phillies fell to 4 1/2 games behind the Braves in the division with the Mets only a half game behind them.  They're somehow only 2 1/2 games out of the race for the second Wild Card behind the Cardinals and Reds.  As Todd Zolecki Tweeted, the Phillies lost three out of four games to a Rookies team that was 18-50 on the road coming into the series.

What Happened:  Nola struck out 10, but he faltered in the fifth inning, giving up a three-run home to Hampson - his first of the game.  Both of Hampson's home runs, off Nola and Neris, came on 0-2 mistake pitches.  J.T. Realmuto went 3 for 4 with an RBI double and Bryce Harper hit his 32nd home run of the season in the eighth.


Featured Card/Field Report:
  And we were there for this mostly enjoyable game, sitting in the Diamond Club after picking up our Phillies picnic table clothes - the game's rather unusual giveaway item.  Doug and I had our usual Bull's pregame meal.  For the record, Doug's menu item of choice is the pulled pork platter, cole slaw on top of the sandwich, with sides of baked beans and corn bread.  I prefer the roasted turkey sandwich myself.

In the bottom of the sixth, right after Realmuto had scored on an Ashton Goudeau wild pitch, pinch-hitter Matt Joyce fouled a ball up and over the home plate netting onto the walk-way behind the Diamond Club seats.  Doug was quick on his feet and snagged the ball as it rolled between two Phillies ushers.  After years of never coming close to foul balls, we've now added two in the past month.  The first one went to our youngest son Ben back on August 28th off the bat of Jean Segura.

Transactions:  Vince Velasquez (rhp), designated for assignment on Saturday, was released.  At some point after the season ends, I'll compose a post-mortem post, looking at those Phillies who departed during the season, including Velasquez.  Andrew Knapp (c) was activated from the Covid injured list and Rafael Marchan (c) was optioned to Lehigh Valley.  Enyel De Los Santos (rhp) was designated for assignment to make room for Knapp on the 40-man roster.

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Game 142 - 2019 Stadium Club #184 Odubel Herrera

Phillies 6
, Rockies 1
Game 142 - Saturday Night, September 11th in Philadelphia
Record - 72-70, 2nd Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Zack Wheeler pitched well again and Odubel Herrera contributed a two-run bunt double down the third base line as the Phillies held off the Rockies, 6-1.

What It Means:  The Phillies won and all was right with the world until late Sunday afternoon.

What Happened:  Wheeler went 6 2/3 innings, giving up a solo home run to Trevor Story in the sixth, and striking out eight.  With no runs yet scored in the game, the Phillies used a single, three walks and Herrera's bunt double to score three runs in the fourth.  Jean Segura added a solo home run in the fifth, and Brad Miller and Bryce Harper both homered in the seventh.  It was the red hot Harper's 31st home run.

Featured Card:  Due his arrest for domestic abuse in 2019, Herrera has not appeared on any new baseball cards since the release of the 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter set in late July of that year.  This is his card from the 2019 Stadium Club set, released that June.

Transactions:  In a flurry of pre-game moves, the Phillies recalled Mickey Moniak (of) and Adonis Medina (rhp) from Lehigh Valley and activated Matt Joyce (of) from the injured list.  Enyel De Los Santos (rhp) and Ramon Rosso (rhp) were optioned to Lehigh Valley and Travis Jankowski (of) was placed on the injured list with a right foot bruise.  To make room for Joyce on the 40-man roster, Vince Velasquez (rhp) was designated for assignment, likely ending his tumultuous six seasons with the Phillies.

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Game 141 - More Pain

1980 Oklahoma City 89ers
Team Issue #26
Rockies 11
, Phillies 2
Game 141 - Friday Night, September 10th in Philadelphia
Record - 71-70, 2nd Place, 4 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Everything continued to fall apart as the Phillies suffered one of their most embarrassing losses of the season, losing 11-2 to the Rockies.

What It Means:  The Braves won, and the Phillies are 4 1/2 games behind them with 21 games to play.

What Happened:  Without a fifth starter available anywhere in their organization, the Phillies had another bullpen game.  Sam Coonrod pitched a scoreless first, but then Bailey Falter again looked miserable, giving up three runs on a pair of hits and a pair of walks.  Since his return from the Covid injured list on August 15th, Falter has appeared in eight games, allowing nine runs on 11 hits for an 8.38 ERA.  Ramon Rosso (7.94 ERA) and Enyel De Los Santos (6.75 ERA) were also hit hard with JD Hammer allowing a ninth inning grand slam to make it painfully clear the Phillies weren't winning this game.

The Phillies offense failed to advance a runner past second base until Didi Gregorius hit a meaningless solo home run in the bottom of the ninth.  This team stinks.

Featured Card:  The current state of the Phillies forces me to go to an "on this date" format for the featured card, as I'm fairly annoyed with the entire roster at this point, save Harper and Suarez.  As Tweeted by Larry Shenk, on September 10, 1980, Marty Bystrom made his first big league start and he'd finish the month with a 5-0 record, helping to propel the Phillies into the play-offs.  Had The Phillies Room (or the internet for that matter) existed back in 1980, I would have posted this card, the only card issued for Bystrom that season.

Game 140 - Pain

2021 Topps Allen & Ginter
T51 Murad Reimagined #MR-21
Rockies 4
, Phillies 3
Game 140 - Thursday Night, September 9th in Philadelphia
Record - 71-69, 2nd Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies were one strike away from victory when closer Ian Kennedy surrendered a two-run home run to Ryan McMahon.

What It Means:  It sure doesn't seem as if the Phillies are a play-off bound team.

What Happened:  Ranger Suarez did his job, pitching six solid innings and allowing a run on five hits while striking out six.  Bryce Harper did his job, collecting a pair of hits and hitting his 30th home run (another solo shot) in the first inning.  Jose Alvarado and Hector Neris did their jobs, pitching two scoreless innings of relief before yielding to Kennedy.  No one else did their jobs, including Kennedy, who collected his third blown save and the 30th overall for the beleaguered Phillies team.

Featured Card:  Harper is single-handedly attempting to carry this team at this point, and he could use some help.

Friday, September 10, 2021

2021 Chachi #65 Cam Bedrosian


#52
Cameron Rock Bedrosian
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  2225
Opening Day Age:  29
Born:  October 2, 1991, Senoia, GA
How Obtained:  Signed as a free agent with the Phillies, July 7, 2021
Contract Status:  Signed through 2021
Major League Teams:  Los Angeles Angels 2014-2020; Cincinnati Reds 2021; Oakland Athletics 2021; Philadelphia Phillies 2021
First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  N/A

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (3):  2104, 2017-2018

0 - Bedrosian baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 9/9/21.

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The Phillies are Bedrosian's third organization of 2021 as he began the year with the Reds and then moved to the Athletics in May.  The Athletics released him on July 3rd and he signed a minor league deal with the Phillies a few days later.  He appeared in 16 games for the IronPigs, going 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA and a pair of saves over 20 innings pitched.  His contract was selected on September 1st when active rosters expanded from 26 to 28 players.

Bedrosian's father pitched for the Phillies between 1986 and 1989, winning the National League Cy Young Award in 1987 when he saved a league leading 40 games.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Series Preview - Rockies at Phillies: September 9th to September 12th

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Thursday and Friday 7:05, Saturday 6:05, Sunday 1:05

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

At the Ballpark:  It's Bark at the Park night tonight with guests permitted to bring their dogs to the game with a special theme ticket.  On Sunday, all fans 15 and over will received a Phillies picnic blanket.

Rockies 63-77
4th Place in the N.L. West, 27 games behind the Giants

Rockies Probables
Antonio Senzatela (4-9, 4.16)
German Marquez (11-10, 4.08)
Kyle Freeland (5-7, 4.69)
Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-7, 6.50)

Rockies Leaders
Average:  Raimel Tapia - .277
Runs:  Trevor Story - 73
Home Runs:  C.J. Cron - 26
RBIs:  C.J. Cron - 80
Stolen Bases:  Raimel Tapia - 20

Wins:  German Marquez - 11
ERA:  German Marquez - 4.08
Strikeouts:  German Marquez - 161
Saves:  Daniel Bard - 20
Phillies 71-68
2nd Place in the N.L. East, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables
Ranger Suarez (6-4, 1.38)
TBD
Zack Wheeler (12-9, 2.91)
Aaron Nola (7-8, 4.57)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Bryce Harper - .303
Runs:  Bryce Harper - 83
Home Runs:  Bryce Harper - 29
RBIs:  Rhys Hoskins - 71
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 12

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 12
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 2.91
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 217
Saves:  Hector Neris - 12
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Game 139 - 1981 Topps #3 RBI Leaders - Cooper & Schmidt

Brewers 4
, Phillies 3
Game 139 - Wednesday Night, September 8th in Milwaukee
Record - 71-68, 2nd Place, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Kyle Gibson, the Phillies offense (with the exception of Bryce Harper) and Connor Brogdon all had off nights, leading to this 4-3 loss in Milwaukee.

What It Means:  I guess things could be worse?  As Jim Salisbury Tweeted, the Phillies went 5-4 on this road trip, picking up two games on the Braves in the division.  The Braves have lost 9 of 14, and the Phillies play 14 of their next 17 games at home, where they are 11 games over .500 for the year.

What Happened:  Gibson threw 103 pitches in 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.  Brogdon gave up a sixth inning home run to Eduardo Escobar in the sixth, allowing the Brewers to take a 4-3 lead.  Harper hit his 29th home run of the year in the first and then would walk with the bases loaded in the third.  The Phillies had a chance to do some damage in the third as they loaded the bases with no outs.  Jean Segura popped out to second, Harper walked and J.T. Realmuto barely avoided grounding into a double play, scoring the team's third run.  Didi Gregorius struck out looking to end the threat.

Featured Card:  I'm posting this card solely to state my appreciation for the Brewers' current home uniforms, which are some of the best in baseball and reflect an updated version of their classic uniforms from the '70s and '80s.

Transaction:  Zach Eflin (rhp) was moved from the Covid injured list to the 60-day injured list, and he'll undergo right knee surgery.  Eflin is expected to miss six to eight months, which is a major blow to the team's 2022 plans.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Game 138 - 2021 Topps Allen & Ginter #215 Aaron Nola

Brewers 10
, Phillies 0
Game 138 - Tuesday Night, September 7th in Milwaukee
Record - 71-67, 2nd Place, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  A day after the Phillies buried the Brewers, the Brewers returned the favor in this 10-0 thrashing.

What It Means:  The Braves won their game, dropping the Phillies 2 1/2 games behind them for first place in the division.  The Phillies are two games behind in the second wild card race, still trailing the Reds and Padres.

What Happened:  The Phillies pitching wasn't great, but the offense wasn't much better.  The Phillies had five singles against Eric Lauer and a pair of Milwaukee relievers.  Nola went five innings, giving up three runs in the third on a few softly hit balls and a misplay by shortstop Freddy Galvis.  Ramon Rosso, Cam Bedrosian and Enyel De Los Santos combined to pitch three innings, allowing seven runs on six hits.

Featured Card:  Nola struck out his 1,000th batter, becoming the 37th Phillies pitcher to reach that mark. His season has deviated from dazzling to bad to mediocre.  As Matt Gelb Tweeted, Nola's season ERA is 4.57, which ranks 53rd among 67 pitchers with at least 120 innings pitched.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Game 137 - 2021 Topps Gypsy Queen #199 Jean Segura

Phillies 12
, Brewers 0
Game 137 - Monday Afternoon, September 6th in Milwaukee
Record - 71-66, 2nd Place, 1 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  After struggling to put together any kind of offense against the lowly Marlins, the Phillies battered the first place Brewers with 16 hits and six home runs in this 12-0 win.

What It Means:  I had to labor on Labor Day, but the Phillies at least provided an enjoyable matinee and a great start to an important Brewers series.

What Happened:  Zack Wheeler (six innings), Hector Neris (one innings) and Matt Moore (two innings) combined for the six-hit shutout.  Neris recorded his 500th career strikeout, putting him 19 behind Ron Reed on the team's all-time list for strikeouts from a relief pitcher.  That's pretty impressive.  The Phillies took the early lead in the first inning when Bryce Harper hit a two-run home run.  Freddy Galvis added a solo home run in the second.  Also homering were Brad Miller (twice), Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura, whose eighth inning grand slam put the game out of reach.

Featured Card:  The slam was the first in Segura's career.  Nice job here of Topps going with the "second baseman / third baseman" position on Segura's Gypsy Queen card.  I thought it was a mistake, and I had forgotten Segura played 24 games last season at third, while playing 32 games at second.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Series Preview - Phillies at Brewers: September 6th to September 8th

1986 Topps #183
1986 Topps Traded #87T

Monday 2:10, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:40

American Family Field - Milwaukee, WI

At the Ballpark:  There are no giveaways and only a few ticket promotions for this series, and I'm hoping for a series win here.

Phillies 70-66
2nd Place in the N.L. East, 2 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables
Zack Wheeler (11-9, 3.01)
Aaron Nola (7-7, 4.54)
Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.46)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Bryce Harper - .301
Runs:  Bryce Harper - 81
Home Runs:  Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins - 27
RBIs:  Rhys Hoskins - 71
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 12

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 11
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 3.01
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 208
Saves:  Hector Neris - 12
Brewers 84-54
1st Place in the N.L. Central, 11 games ahead of the Reds

Brewers Probables
Brandon Woodruff (9-7, 2.35)
Eric Lauer (4-5, 3.43)
Freddy Peralta (9-4, 2.70)

Brewers Leaders
Average:  Avisail Garcia - .267
Runs:  Luis Urias - 67
Home Runs:  Avisail Garcia - 24
RBIs:  Avisail Garcia - 77
Stolen Bases:  Lorenzo Cain - 11

Wins:  Brent Suter - 12
ERA:  Brandon Woodruff - 2.35
Strikeouts:  Corbin Burnes - 196
Saves:  Josh Hader - 29
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Game 136 - 2012 Topps Heritage #7 N.L. Pitching Leaders

Phillies 4
, Marlins 3 (10 Innings)
Game 136 - Sunday Afternoon, September 5th in Miami
Record - 70-66, 2nd Place, 2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies escaped Miami with a win, needing 10 innings and a clutch performance by the entire bullpen in the process.

What It Means:  The first place Brewers are up next with a three-game set in Milwaukee.  The Brewers hold a comfortable lead in the N.L. Central and are coming off a two-game winning streak.

What Happened:  This was a bullpen game as designed by manager Joe Girardi, and Sam Coonrod served as the opener.  Coonrod and Bailey Falter each allowed a run and a hit and the Marlins were held scoreless until a costly Brad Miller error in the sixth led to an unearned run, tying the score at 3-3.  The Phillies scored their first three runs via a solo home run from Bryce Harper in the fourth (his 27th) followed shortly by a two-run home run from Freddy Galvis.

In the 10th, and with two outs, Odubel Herrera singled home ghost-runner Galvis with the ultimate winning run.

Featured Card:  Ian Kennedy picked up the win with two scoreless (and perfect) innings that included four strikeouts.  His recent baseball card appearances are somewhat rare, although he did appear in the first series Topps flagship release from earlier this year.  The first cards of his in my Phillies collection came way back in 2012 when he shared a few League Leaders cards with Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in the 2012 Topps and 2012 Topps Heritage sets.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Game 135 - 1934-36 Diamond Stars #57 "Cy" Blanton

Marlins 3
, Phillies 2
Game 135 - Saturday Night, September 4th in Miami
Record - 69-66, 2nd Place, 2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies held a slim 2-0 lead until Archie Bradley imploded in the eighth inning, and the Marlins shocked the Phillies (and their fans) with a 3-2 win.

What It Means:  These games are so not fun to watch.  Not fun at all.  As Matt Gelb Tweeted earlier today, the Marlins are 19-11 (.633) at home against the Phillies since 2018, and they're 95-130 (.422) at home against every other team.

What Happened:  Andrew McCutchen homered and Ranger Suarez delivered a surprise RBI-double in the fourth inning to give the Phillies their 2-0 lead.  Suarez inexplicably exited after five dominant innings along with only 71 pitches thrown and yielded to the bullpen.  Hector Neris and Connor Brogdon did their jobs, but Bradley allowed a lead-off double, an RBI-single by Miguel Rojas and a two-run home run from Lewis Brinson.  The Phillies offense went quietly in the top of the ninth and the game went into the loss column.

Featured Card:  I've got nothing for this game.  I've been thoroughly enjoying collecting cards from the 1934-36 Diamond Stars set and writing about each of the cards and the players featured on my other other other blog celebrating the cards found in the 1934-36 Diamond Stars set.  I'll plug that blog here with a card of former Phillies pitcher Cy Blanton who was the team's opening day starting pitcher in 1941.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Game 134 - 1992 ALS Phillies Phestival Steve Bedrosian

Marlins 10
, Phillies 3
Game 134 - Friday Night, September 3rd in Miami
Record - 69-65, 2nd Place, 2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  A nightmare sixth inning, in which the Marlins scored seven times, doomed the Phillies in this 10-3 loss.

What It Means:  The Braves and Reds both also lost, so no ground was gained by the Phillies in the hunt for a postseason spot.

What Happened:  The Phillies battled back to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth on an RBI double from Matt Vierling.  Vierling had delivered an RBI triple in the second and Freddy Galvis homered to start the game.  In nine games so far, Vierling is batting .529 (9 for 17) with two doubles and a triple.  Kyle Gibson suffered his first shaky outing with the Phillies, allowing eight runs on eight hits.  Reliever JD Hammer allowed all three inherited runners from Gibson to score, along with two more runs of his own.  Galvis added a crucial error in the sixth that prolonged the inning and contributed to the Marlins' run deluge.

Featured Card:  In the eighth inning, reliever Cam Bedrosian made his Phillies debut, pitching a perfect inning with one strikeout.  He and his father Steve joined two other father-son combinations to have played for the Phillies - Ruben Amaro and Ruben Amaro, Jr., along with Mark Leiter and Mark Leiter, Jr.  Bedrosian made his debut in 2014 and spent seven seasons with the Angels.  The Phillies are his third team of 2021, as he pitched earlier in the season with the Reds and Athletics.

Transactions:  Didi Gregorius (ss) and Travis Jankowski (of) returned from paternity leave.  Nick Maton (inf) and Jorge Bonifacio (of) went back to Lehigh Valley.

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Game 133 - 2021 Stadium Club #62 Andrew McCutchen

Phillies 7
, Nationals 6
Game 133 - Thursday Afternoon, September 2nd in Washington
Record - 69-64, 2nd Place, 2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies overcame a 6-0 deficit to win this game, 7-6, making it six games in a row and putting them just two games behind the Braves.

What It Means:  Following a damaging day of wind and rain from Hurricane Ida, the Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals and made their way to Miami for a weekend series.

What Happened:  Aaron Nola and Bailey Falter combined to allow six runs on eight hits through the first 4 2/3 innings.  The Phillies bullpen then settled in and kept the Nationals scoreless for the rest of the game.  Sam Coonrod picked up the win while Ian Kennedy recorded his sixth save with the Phillies.

Andrew McCutchen cleared the bases with a double to left in the top of the sixth.  He singled in the top of the eighth to improve the score to 6-4.  Two ground balls (from Nick Maton and Odubel Herrera) and a costly error from Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia gave the Phillies an improbable 7-6 lead in the eighth.

Featured Card:  Here's hoping McCutchen gets red hot down the stretch.  He went 2 for 5 in this game with four huge RBIs.

Transactions:  Active rosters expanded to 28 players on September 1st, and the Phillies added a pair of relievers.  Cam Bedrosian (rhp) and Ramon Rosso (rhp) had their contracts selected from Lehigh Valley.  Didi Gregorius (ss) was moved to the restricted list to extend his paternity leave by a day.  Rhys Hoskins (1b) was moved to the 60-day injured list.  Seranthony Dominguez (rhp) was activated from the injured list and optioned to Lehigh Valley.

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Series Preview - Phillies at Marlins: September 3rd to September 5th

1986 Topps #392
2021 Chachi Fan Favorites #13

Friday 7:10, Saturday 6:10 and Sunday 1:10

loanDepot park - Miami, FL

At the Ballpark:  On Sunday, the first 5,000 kids will receive a Marlins 2021-2022 Player Calendar for Kids.

Phillies 69-64
2nd Place in the N.L. East, 2 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables
Kyle Gibson (4-2, 3.16)
Ranger Suarez (6-4, 1.48)
Zack Wheeler (11-9, 3.01)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Bryce Harper - .305
Runs:  Bryce Harper - 80
Home Runs:  Rhys Hoskins - 27
RBIs:  Rhys Hoskins - 71
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 12

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 11
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 3.01
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 208
Saves:  Hector Neris - 12
Marlins 55-79
5th Place in the N.L. East, 16 1/2 games behind the Braves

Marlins Probables
Jesus Luzardo (3-3, 7.62)
Trevor Rogers (7-6, 2.45)
Elieser Hernandez (1-1, 3.62)

Marlins Leaders
Average:  Miguel Rojas - .269
Runs:  Miguel Rojas - 59
Home Runs:  Jesus Aguilar and Adam Duvall - 22
RBIs:  Jesus Aguilar - 93
Stolen Bases:  Starling Marte - 22

Wins:  Sandy Alcantara - 8
ERA:  Sandy Alcantara - 3.36
Strikeouts:  Sandy Alcantara - 164
Saves:  Yimi Garcia - 15
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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Game 132 - 2021 Choice Reading Fightin Phils #34 Matt Vierling

Phillies 12
, Nationals 6
Game 132 - Tuesday Night, August 31st in Washington
Record - 68-64, 2nd Place, 2 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies unloaded on the Nationals, scoring 12 runs on 18 hits as they won their fifth game in a row.

What It Means:  Unbelievably, the Phillies have scored seven or more runs in six consecutive games, which is their longest streak with that kind of run production since June 1933.  (h/t Todd Zolecki Tweet)

What Happened:  The runs were needed after another shaky start from Matt Moore, who allowed five runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings of work.  Bailey Falter picked up the win 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.  Andrew McCutchen, Rafael Marchan and Brad Miller all homered for the Phillies.  Bryce Harper had three hits to raise his average to .306 and Matt Vierling, who until a short while ago had never played first base, got the start at first and collected four hits.

Featured Card:  Vierling began the season playing for the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils, and his only 2021 baseball card to date can be found in the Fightin Phils (first) team set.  Vierling wore #44 when he was first up with the club in June and July, but Kyle Gibson took that number after he was acquired from the Rangers on July 30th.  Vierling is now wearing #19, worn by reliever Brandon Kintzler up until his release in late July.

Transaction:  Vierling (of) was recalled when Travis Jankowski (of) was placed on the paternity list.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Game 131 - 2021 Topps Allen & Ginter #44 Bryce Harper

Phillies 7
, Nationals 4
Game 131 - Monday Night, August 30th in Washington
Record - 67-64, 2nd Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies and Zack Wheeler powered through in Washington for a 7-4 win over the Nationals.

What It Means:  The Braves lost in Los Angeles, so the Phillies are 3 1/2 games behind them for the division lead.  They're three back in the second wild card race with the Reds, Padres and Cardinals all in front of them.

What Happened:  Bryce Harper hit a two-run home run in the first inning, his 26th, to start the scoring for the Phillies.  Ronald Torreyes had a huge three-run triple in the third to give the Phillies a 6-2 lead.  Brad Miller added an insurance run with a solo home run in the fifth, and Miller had a three-hit game.

Wheeler didn't have his best stuff, but he battled through six innings, allowing four runs on five hits.  Connor Brogdon, Archie Bradly and Jose Alvarado held the Nationals scoreless over the final three innings with Alvarado delivering his fifth save.

Featured Card:  Harper continues to carry the offense and his 1.008 OPS currently leads the majors ahead of Fernando Tatis, Jr. (1.007) and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (1.006).  If the Phillies are able to squeak into the postseason, Harper should deservedly get some MVP consideration.  And if he continues his hot hitting into September, he should hopefully be the frontrunner for the award.

2021 Chachi #64 Freddy Galvis


#8
Freddy Jose Galvis
Infield

Bats:  Both  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'10"  Weight:  190
Opening Day Age:  31
Born:  November 14, 1989, Punto Fijo, Venezuela
How Obtained:  Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles for Tyler Burch, July 30, 2021
Contract Status:  Signed through 2021
Major League Teams:  Philadelphia Phillies 2012-2017; San Diego Padres 2018; Toronto Blue Jays 2019; Cincinnati Reds 2019-2020; Baltimore Orioles 2021; Philadelphia Phillies 2021
First Phillies Card:  2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP149
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2007 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #8
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2012 Phillies Team Issue First Edition #13

Newest Card Added:  2021 Topps Heritage #283

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (8):  2014-2021

51 - Galvis baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 8/29/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2011 Chachi Almost #4
2012 Chachi #8
2013 Chachi #11
2013 Chachi #39 HL - Walk-Off HR
2014 Chachi #35
2015 Chachi #8
2016 Chachi Preview #5
2016 Chachi #8
2016 Chachi #66 RBI Leaders
2016 Chachi Archives #13
2016 Chachi Photo Day #15
2017 Chachi Preview #5
2017 Chachi #8
2017 Chachi #34 HL - 1st Inning Explosion
2017 Chachi Archives #7
2017 Chachi Photo Night #17
2018 Chachi Preview #1
2018 Chachi Departures #4
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Monday, August 30, 2021

Series Preview - Phillies at Nationals: August 30th to September 1st

1986 Topps #466
2021 Chachi Fan Favorites #12

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05

Nationals Park - Washington, DC

At the Ballpark:  On Tuesday night, the Nationals are hosting a Pups in the Park event.

Phillies 66-64
2nd Place in the N.L. East, 4 1/2 games behind the Braves

Phillies Probables
Zack Wheeler (10-9, 2.90)
Matt Moore (2-4, 6.12)
Aaron Nola (7-7, 4.30)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Bryce Harper - .301
Runs:  Bryce Harper - 76
Home Runs:  Rhys Hoskins - 27
RBIs:  Rhys Hoskins - 71
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 12

Wins:  Zack Wheeler - 10
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 2.90
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 204
Saves:  Hector Neris - 12
Nationals 55-74
4th Place in the N.L. East, 15 games behind the Braves

Nationals Probables
Josiah Gray (0-1, 2.89)
Patrick Corbin (7-13, 6.09)
Paolo Espino (4-4, 4.13)

Nationals Leaders
Average:  Trea Turner - .322
Runs:  Juan Soto - 86
Home Runs:  Kyle Schwarber - 25
RBIs:  Josh Bell - 73
Stolen Bases:  Trea Turner - 21

Wins:  Max Scherzer - 8
ERA:  Patrick Corbin - 6.09
Strikeouts:  Max Scherzer - 147
Saves:  Brad Hand - 21
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Game 130 - 2021 Chachi Photo Cards #8 Freddy Galvis

Phillies 7
, Diamondbacks 4
Game 130 - Sunday Afternoon, August 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 66-64, 2nd Place, 4 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The bullpen made this a closer game than it needed to be, but the Phillies hung on to defeat the Diamondbacks, 7-4.

What It Means:  The Phillies will open a three-game series in Washington on Monday night.  The first place Braves will play three in Los Angeles.  The Phillies have 32 games remaining while the Braves have 33.  IF the Braves go 17-16 the rest of the way, the Phillies will need to go 22-10 to finish with one more win than them.

What Happened:  Ranger Suarez turned in another solid performance, pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing a run on five hits.  Connor Brogdon and Archie Bradley struggled, allowing the Diamondbacks to pull to within a 5-4 score after eight innings.  But the Phillies received back-to-back triples in the bottom of the eighth from Rafael Marchan and Travis Jankowski to add a few much needed insurance runs.

Jean Segura, Bryce Harper and Marchan all enjoyed multi-hit days.  Freddy Galvis hit a sacrifice fly in the first and added a two-run single in the fifth to give the Phillies a seemingly comfortable 5-1 lead at the time.

Featured Card:  Barring an unexpected development, for the second year in a row, there will be no team-issued Phillies photo card sets.  This is very disappointing to other Phillies collectors and me, as these photo card sets have been produced every season going back to the mid-1950s.  The Phillies began making complete sets available either via stadium giveaway or for purchase at The Vet in the mid-1980s, and prior to that most players received photo cards to use for autograph requests or for the team to simply hand out to fans.  I've spent quite a bit of time cataloguing all these sets, with an index to be found here.

The absence of the set last year made complete sense.  With no fans in the stands, there was really no need to produce extra merchandise.  I was hoping the photo card sets would return this year, especially when the ballpark returned to full capacity, but I imagine certain cost-cutting measures are still in place and the Phillies deemed the time and cost of producing a set to be greater than the benefit.  This is a shame.  But in an effort to fill the gaping holes in my annual Phillies baseball card binder, I took it upon myself to create a set of photo cards in 2020 and I just started work on this year's self-created set as well.  I'm happy with my finished product, but I'll be even happier if the Phillies start producing these sets again in 2022.

Transaction:  Didi Gregorius (ss) was placed on the paternity list and Nick Maton (inf) was recalled from Lehigh Valley.

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