Friday, June 27, 2014

Braves at Phillies: June 27th to June 29th

Friday 7:05, Saturday 2:05 and 7:15, Sunday 1:35
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Game summary posts from the Marlins series will follow shortly.  I was at the game last night, and frankly I'm still a little tired!

Braves 40-38, 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 1 game behind the Nationals
Phillies 36-42, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 5 games behind the Nationals

Braves Probables:  Julio Teheran (6-5, 2.41), Ervin Santana (5-5, 4.15), David Hale (2-2, 3.14), Aaron Harang (6-6, 3.78)
Phillies Probables:  Kyle Kendrick (3-7, 4.20), Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 4.41), Sean O'Sullivan (0-0, 0.00), David Buchanan (4-3, 4.79)

At the Ballpark:  Following the ballgame tonight is the second of three fireworks, and let me tell you - last night's fireworks show was unbelievable.  Tomorrow afternoon is Photo Day with all fans invited to come down to the field pre-game and take pictures of the team.  All fans also receive a Phillies print and former Phillie (and current broadcaster) Matt Stairs will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  The third and final fireworks show is Saturday night and all kids will receive a Domonic Brown replica jersey on Sunday afternoon.

The double header on Saturday is the result of the rain-out on April 15th.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Chase Utley - .296
Runs:  Chase Utley - 43
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 14
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 50
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 21

Wins:  A.J. Burnett - 5
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.84
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 91
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 18

1988 Topps #732 and 1988 Topps Traded #79T
1988 Topps Appreciation:  I absolutely loved the Topps Traded set when I was growing up, but those feelings changed with the release of the 1988 Topps Traded set.  Every year, I'd look forward to buying the box of 132 cards featuring familiar players in their new uniforms.  I'd spend the summer planning out the Phillies who would undoubtedly appear in that year's traded series.

In 1988, Topps decided to include 42 Team USA players within its 132-card traded set, shutting out most of the deserving veterans from inclusion in the set.  I was not pleased.  The Phillies were represented by just two players - Phil Bradley and David Palmer.  I was really looking forward to having a 1988 Topps Phillies card of my personal favorite, Bob Dernier, but he was one of the many veterans omitted altogether.  (I fixed that problem here.)

I understood Bradley's inclusion, as he became the team's starting left fielder upon his acquisition from the Mariners.  In retrospect, it makes sense that Palmer was included as he was a member of the starting pitching rotation.  But I always held Palmer (and the 42 Team USA players) as partly responsible for bouncing Dernier from the set.

Palmer played just the one year with the Phils after coming from the Braves as a free agent.  He was released in October 1988 after going 7-9 with a 4.47 ERA in 22 starts.

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