Monday, April 27, 2015

Phillies at Cardinals: April 27th to April 30th

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:15, Thursday 1:45
Busch Stadium - St. Louis, MO

Phillies 7-12, Tied for 4th Place in the N.L. East
Cardinals 12-5, 1st Place in the N.L. Central, 2 games ahead of the Cubs and Pirates

Phillies Probables:  Cole Hamels (0-2, 3.75), Severino Gonzalez (0-0, 0.00), Aaron Harang (2-1, 1.37), David Buchanan (0-4, 7.52)
Cardinals Probables:  John Lackey (1-0, 4.34), Michael Wacha (3-0, 1.33), Carlos Martinez (2-0, 1.35), TBD

At the Ballpark:  Strangely enough, there's nothing happening in terms of promotions or giveaways at Busch Stadium during the Phillies four-game series.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Freddy Galvis - .361
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 8
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 3
RBIs:  Ryan Howard and Chase Utley - 9
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 5

Wins:  Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams - 2
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 1.37
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 23
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 4

1985 Topps #360
1985 Topps #255
1985 Topps Appreciation:  Today's series preview post features two players with ties to the Phillies and Cardinals organizations who were teammates on the 1980 World Champion Phillies team.  After appearing in games with the Phillies in four seasons between 1978 and 1981, Lonnie Smith was traded to the Cardinals in November 1981 in a three-way deal with the Indians.  In today's day and age, every news show would have a cute graphic mapping out which team got which player in a three-way or four-way trade.  Back in my day, after walking barefoot to school while being chased by wolves, I would have to map out who ended up where in these types of deals.

I'm sure I could find a circa 1981 notebook somewhere noting who went where in this trade, and I would have used the appropriate colored magic marker in my notebook for each of the team names:

Phillies got - Bo Diaz (from Indians)
Indians got - Silvio Martinez and Lary Sorensen (from Cardinals) and Scott Munninghoff (from Phillies)
Cardinals got - Lonnie Smith (from Phillies)

I wrote about the much more straight-forward deal with the Cardinals that brought Steve Carlton to the Phillies in this series preview post from two years ago.

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