Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Panini Golden Age #57 Richie Ashburn

Mets 11, Phillies 3
Game 134 - Thursday Afternoon, August 29th in Flushing
Record - 61-73, Tied for 3rd Place, 20 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Mets clobbered the Phillies, 11-3, sending them on their way to Chicago and hopefully better times.

What It Means:  The Phillies split the four game series with the Mets and they'll play three afternoon games against the Cubs starting today.  A winning record for 2013 slipped further away, as the team would now have to go 21-7 the rest of the way.  I'm as optimistic as any Phillies fan, but I just don't see that happening.

What Went Wrong:  Pretty much everything went wrong.  Starting pitcher Ethan Martin struck out nine, but lasted only four innings.  Relievers Cesar Jimenez, Justin De Fratus and J.C. Ramirez combined to allow eight runs in their four innings of relief.  The offense couldn't put much together against Mets starting pitcher Carlos Torres, and they only fared slightly better against the Mets bullpen.   Roger Bernadina hit a two-run home run in the eighth.

Featured Card:  I'm at a loss.  The well is dry.  This game dried up my creative juices.  Thankfully, I just received this half-decent, non-licensed card of the Mets original center fielder.  I'm always happy to add another one of Whitey's cards to my collection, even if there's no logo on the cap.


Steve F. said...

The nearly-guaranteed losing record allows for a nice pattern of the Ruben Amaro years to continue:

2008: Ruben ascends to the GM throne with the Phillies as reigning World Champions!
2009: Lose in World Series
2010: Lose in NLCS
2011: Lose in NLDS
2012: Miss playoffs with .500 record
2013: Sub-.500 record for first time in 11 seasons
2014: ??? (last place finish, maybe?)

Jim said...

Wow . . . that's a depressing rundown.