Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Phillies Final Four

2015 Topps Gypsy
Queen Mini #175
2014 Topps Gypsy
Queen Mini #204
2015 Topps Gypsy
Queen Mini #154
2015 Topps Gypsy
Queen Mini #174
Phillies 4, Cardinals 1
Game 20 - Monday Night, April 27th in St. Louis
Record - 8-12, Tied for 4th Place, 7 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Cole Hamels earned his first win of the season after finally getting some run support and the Phillies downed the Cardinals, 4-1.

What It Means:  The Phillies are out of the cellar, relinquishing that spot to the struggling Nationals.

What Happened:  Hamels pitched seven innings, allowing just a run on four hits while striking out nine.  Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon shut down the Cardinals in the final two innings.

Carlos Ruiz had four hits in this game while scoring twice.  Odubel Herrera added three hits and Ben Revere's ground rule double in the seventh gave the Phils the lead that they'd ultimately hang on to for the win.

Featured Cards:  Jimmy Rollins is struggling mightily in Los Angeles, hitting just .178 through 19 games.  Ruiz's four-hit night raised his average from .196 to a respectable .260.  Ryan Howard has shown some punch of late but he's still below the Mendoza line (.197) and Chase Utley looks completely lost at the plate and his .113 average is sad proof that he's in the worst slump of his career.

On the mound, Hamels has done his thing and the recent injury to Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright has rumors swirling that the 2008 World Series MVP could find himself in St. Louis before too long.

Rollins, Ruiz, Howard, Utley, Hamels.  One is gone and a few (if not all) of the other four may follow soon.  When trying to decide to post a Hamels or a Ruiz card for this post, I decided instead to feature cards of each of the final four.  It's only a matter of time before that number dwindles further and I'm going to keep rooting for each of them while they're still here.

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