Thursday, August 16, 2012

Phillies at Brewers: August 16th to August 19th

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

Phillies 54-63, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 18 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Brewers 52-64, 4th Place in the N.L. Central, 18 1/2 games behind the Reds

Phillies Probables:  Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85), Vance Worley (6-7, 3.97), Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91)
Brewers Probables:  Marco Estrada (0-5, 4.36), Yovani Gallardo (11-8, 3.78), Mike Fiers (6-5, 2.63)

At the Ballpark:  Saturday is "Autograph Saturday for Kids" at Miller Park, when "Brewers players and coaches will autograph photo cards for kids 14 and under."  Pretty cool promotion.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Jimmy Rollins - .246^
Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 69
Home Runs:  Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz - 14*
RBIs:  Carlos Ruiz - 58*
Stolen Bases:  Juan Pierre - 28

Wins:  Cole Hamels - 13
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.91
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 158
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 26

^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, now with the Giants, has the overall lead with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs.

1979 Topps #180, #265 and #685
1979 Topps Flashback:  This is the last meeting between these two teams in 2012, so here are the last three Brewers cards within the 1979 Topps set with Phillies connections.

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.

Sixto Lezcano began his 12-year career playing in parts of seven seasons with the Brewers.  He was acquired by the Phillies from the Padres in August 1983 and he hit .308 in a losing effort for the Phillies against the Dodgers in that year's N.L.C.S.  He was the team's primary right fielder in 1984, hitting .277 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs.


Anonymous said...

One of these days, I'd like to see if I can determine (on average) what percentage of Major League players in a given Topps set are either playing for the Phillies, have played with the Phillies or will eventually play with the Phillies.

Jim said...

That would be a cool project.

To this day, whenever I flip through one of my Topps sets, I always tally up how many ex or former or current Phillies are on any given page.