Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mets at Phillies: August 28th to August 30th

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

Mets 59-69, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 18 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Phillies 61-67, 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 16 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Mets Probables:  Chris Young (3-7, 4.33), Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75), Jonathon Niese (10-7, 3.51)
Phillies Probables:  Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06), Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99), Kyle Kendrick (7-9, 4.12)

At the Ballpark:  Kids will be allowed down on the field to run the bases after Thursday afternoon's game.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Jimmy Rollins - .244^
Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 75
Home Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 15*
RBIs:  Carlos Ruiz - 58*
Stolen Bases:  Juan Pierre - 32

Wins:  Cole Hamels - 14
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.99
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 172
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 29

^Hunter Pence, now with the Giants (.271) and Shane Victorino, now with the Dodgers (.261) have the overall team lead among players with enough qualifying plate appearances.
*Hunter Pence has the overall lead with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs.

1979 Topps #655 and #675
1979 Topps Flashback:  Jerry Koosman started his 19-year career playing in parts of 12 seasons with the Mets and he ended his career with two uneventful seasons with the Phillies.  Between 1967 and 1978, Koosman was a two-time All-Star and compiled a 140-137 record with the Mets.  In four World Series games, in 1969 and 1973, Koosman went 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA.  His time with the 1984-1985 Phillies was less impressive, although he did manage a 20-19 record in 55 games with a 3.67 ERA.

Tim McCarver played in parts of nine seasons with the Phillies between 1970 and 1972 and again between 1975 and 1980.  He joined the Phillies broadcast booth in 1980, partnering up for three seasons with Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser and Chris Wheeler.  In 1983, McCarver joined the Mets broadcast team, where he would stay through the 1998 season.  I have very vivid memories of my Pop-Pop tuning into Mets games on Channel 9 in the '80s, simply to yell at McCarver for the inane  comments he'd make throughout the broadcast.

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