Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mets at Phillies: May 29th to June 2nd

Thursday and Friday 7:05, Saturday 3:05, Sunday 1:35, Monday 7:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Mets 24-28, Tied for 4th Place in the N.L. East, 4 games behind the Braves
Phillies 23-27, Tied for 4th Place in the N.L. East, 4 games behind the Braves

Mets Probables:  Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63), Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96), Jacob deGrom (0-2, 1.83), Jon Niese (3-3, 2.74), Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73)
Phillies Probables:  David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51), Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04), Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43), Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76)

At the Ballpark:  This is a rare five-game series, necessitated by the rain-out back on April 30th.  Monday was originally scheduled to be an off-day for both teams.

Tonight is Jewish Heritage Night at the ballpark.  On Friday, all kids will receive the latest Phanatic children's book in the ongoing series.  Saturday will see the return former Phillie Roy Oswalt to throw out the first pitch.  Finally, all kids on Sunday will receive a Cliff Lee "action figurine," which I may need to track down via eBay following the game.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Chase Utley - .335
Runs:  Chase Utley - 30
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 9
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 34
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 12

Wins:  Cliff Lee - 4
ERA:  Cliff Lee - 3.18
Strikeouts:  Cliff Lee - 61
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 13

1988 Topps #164 and #254
1988 Topps Appreciation:  I've been working my way through the 2014 Chachi manager and coaches cards recently, so I thought the timing was right to look back at the Mets and Phillies managers as featured in the original 1988 Topps set.

Davey Johnson played a season and a half with the Phillies in 1977 and 1978, after spending the previous two seasons in Japan.  Playing first, second and third base, Johnson appeared in 122 games with the Phils, hitting .273 with 10 home runs.  He went 1 for 4 in his lone postseason appearance with the club in game one of the N.L.C.S. against the Dodgers.  He had a fairly successful career as a player, but he found even more success as manager of the Mets, Reds, Orioles, Dodgers and Nationals between 1984 and 2013.  In 17 total seasons as a manager, Johnson compiled a career record of 1,372-1,071.

The 1988 season is one Lee Elia would most likely want to forget.  With just a week left in the season, Elia was fired with the 60-92 Phillies firmly entrenched in last place.  He had taken over for the fired John Felske part-way through the 1987 season.  In his short time managing the club, Elia put together a 111-142 mark, with all of those losses meticulously and painfully tracked in my Phillies scrapbooks back in the day.

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