Sunday, March 8, 2015

2015 Topps #143 Jonathan Papelbon

Blue Jays 4, Phillies 2
Spring Training Game 5 - Saturday Afternoon, March 7th in Clearwater
Record - 1-3-1

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies sputtered along in another spring loss, this time falling to the Blue Jays, 4-2.

What It Means:  The Phillies bats are cold and at one point Blue Jays pitchers had retired 18 straight Phillies batters.

What Happened:  Jerome Williams gave up a run over three innings and Jonathan Papelbon made his spring debut pitching a scoreless inning while striking out two.

Featured Card:  Like many other Phillies fans, I'm disappointed that Papelbon is still on the team.  I'd love to see Ken Giles get a shot at the closer's role this season and if the Phils can find any takers on Papelbon's burdensome contract (and personality) he might just get that chance.  This is the current closer's (for now) latest Phillies card from Topps Series One.

Camp Head Count:  60 - 1 = 59.  Top prospect Kelly Dugan suffered a foot injury prior to the start of spring training and hasn't seen any game action so far.  He was the first player to be officially removed from the spring ranks, getting optioned to the minor league camp yesterday.

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