Monday, May 30, 2016

Series Preview - Nationals at Phillies: May 30th to June 1st (@JohnnyBateman7)

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Nationals 30-21, 1st place in the N.L. East, 1 game ahead of the Mets
Phillies 26-24, Tied for 3rd place in the N.L. East, 3 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Nationals Probables:  Tanner Roark (3-4, 2.71), Joe Ross (4-4, 2.52), Max Scherzer (5-4, 4.05)
Phillies Probables:  Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.97), Aaron Nola (4-3, 2.86), Adam Morgan (1-3, 6.67)

At the Ballpark:  There aren't any giveaways or special promotions for this season, but the Phillies and Nationals (along with all other teams) will wear camouflage uniforms in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.

Nationals Leaders
Average:  Daniel Murphy - .387
Runs:  Anthony Rendon - 33
Home Runs:  Bryce Harper - 13
RBIs:  Bryce Harper - 34
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 7

Wins:  Stephen Strasburg - 9
ERA:  Joe Ross - 2.52
Strikeouts:  Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg - 90
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 13

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .320
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 28
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard - 8
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 28
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 6

Wins:  Vince Velasquez - 5
ERA:  Aaron Nola - 2.86
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 70
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 17

1970 Topps #417
1970 Topps #218
1970 Topps Appreciation:  Johnny Bateman and Ron Stone were very briefly teammates for the awful 1972 Phillies team.

On June 14, 1972, the Expos traded Bateman to the Phillies for catcher Tim McCarver.  In 82 games with the Phillies, the final year of his 10-year big league career, Bateman hit .222 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs.  He'd be released by the Phils the following January.  Bateman's spirit lives on through a Twitter account that has so far chronicled his 1966-1968 playing days with the Astros and his 1969-1970 playing days with the Expos.  The account is now following along with Bateman's 1971 season, his final full season in Montreal.

The photo on Stone's 1970 Topps card is from 1966 when the outfielder appeared in 26 games for the Kansas City A's.  Despite appearing in 103 games for the 1969 Phillies, Topps didn't have a more recent photo for Stone available when it came time to put together his 1970 Topps card.  He'd eventually get to appear in a Phillies uniform on his 1971 and 1972 Topps cards.  In parts of four seasons with the Phils, Stone appeared in 362 games and hit .240 with 6 home runs and 89 RBIs.

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