Friday, September 25, 2015

Phillies at Nationals: September 25th to September 27th

Friday 7:05, Saturday 4:05 and Sunday 1:35
Nationals Park - Washington, DC

Phillies 57-96, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 29 games behind the Mets
Nationals 78-74, 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 7 1/2 games behind the Mets

Phillies Probables:  Jerad Eickhoff (1-3, 3.16), Aaron Nola (6-2, 3.84), Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.93)
Nationals Probables:  Jordan Zimmermann (13-8, 3.49), Stephen Strasburg (10-7, 3.81), Gio Gonzalez (11-8, 3.94)

At the Ballpark:  Tonight, the first 25,000 fans will receive a Zimmermann bobble head commemorating his 2014 no-hitter.  Fans attending Sunday afternoon's game will receive a pair of Nationals gloves.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .292
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 59
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 23
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 77
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 19+

Wins:  Ken Giles, Aaron Harang and Aaron Nola - 6*
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 4.93
Strikeouts:  Aaron Harang - 104*
Saves:  Ken Giles - 13^

Nationals Leaders
Average:  Bryce Harper - .341
Runs:  Bryce Harper - 116
Home Runs:  Bryce Harper - 41
RBIs:  Bryce Harper - 95
Stolen Bases:  Michael Taylor - 16

Wins:  Jordan Zimmermann - 13
ERA:  Max Scherzer - 2.98
Strikeouts:  Max Scherzer - 249
Saves:  Drew Storen - 29

+Ben Revere, now with the Blue Jays, is the overall team leader with 24 stolen bases.
*Cole Hamels, now with the Rangers, is the overall team leader with 6 wins (tied) and 137 strikeouts.
^Jonathan Papelbon, now with the Nationals, is the overall team leader with 17 saves.

1985 Topps #584
1985 Topps #526
1985 Topps Appreciation:  Kevin Gross and David Palmer were two-fifths of the Phillies starting rotation in 1988, a season that saw the Phillies finish with 96 losses.  (I would anticipate that the Phillies top the 96 loss mark for 2015 at some point this weekend.)

Gross accompanied Lance Parrish to the 1988 All-Star Game as the Phillies representatives after putting up an 8-5 record and a 2.89 ERA in the first half of the season.  He'd finish the 1988 season with a 12-14 record and the Phillies would trade him to the Expos on December 6th for Jeff Parrett and Floyd Youmans.  I wrote a little about that trade in this post from last season.

Palmer began his career with six seasons in Montreal, and he'd come to the Phillies by way of the Braves in 1988.  In his only season in Philadelphia, Palmer complied a 7-9 record over 22 starts.

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