Friday, August 29, 2014

Phillies at Mets: August 29th to August 31st

Friday and Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:10
Citi Field - Flushing, NY

Phillies 61-72, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 14 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Mets 62-72, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 14 games behind the Nationals

Phillies Probables:  David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21), Jerome Williams (2-0, 1.77), A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30)
Mets Probables:  Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13), Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82), Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77)

At the Ballpark:  Three ballgames, three giveaways this weekend at Citi Field.  First up, all fans will receive a Mets t-shirt tonight as part of the season-long Free Shirt Friday promotion.  Tomorrow night, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Curtis Granderson Bobblehead and on Sunday, the first 15,000 fans will receive a Mets Lunch Cooler Bag.  Not a bad weekend haul!

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Ben Revere - .310
Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 71
Home Runs:  Marlon Byrd - 24
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 81
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 39

Wins:  A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick - 7
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.59
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 158
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 33

1988 Topps #356 and #787
1988 Topps Appreciation:  For a few magical months at the beginning of the 1988 season, Luis Aguayo and Billy Almon were teammates on the Phillies.  By July, they had both gone their separate ways.

Aguayo was the club's long-time utility infielder, logging 471 games with the Phillies in nine seasons between 1980 and 1988.  He was the first player traded during the Lee Thomas era, being shipped to the Yankees by Thomas just weeks after the new General Manager had joined the club.  On July 15, 1988, Aguayo was traded to New York for pitcher Amalio Carreno and I honestly remember being a little sad that day since I had no real memory of the pre-Aguayo days.

Almon had already left town a month prior to Aguayo's departure, having been released by the Phillies on June 16, 1988.  In his 20 games with the club, Almon hit just .115 (3 for 26).  He had been traded by the Mets to the Phils at the end of spring training for a few prospects and his short time in Philly marked the end of his 15-year career.


Anonymous said...

The battle for the basement! Bring it!

Jim said...

4th Place Fever! Catch it!