Monday, August 29, 2016

Series Preview - Nationals at Phillies: August 29th to August 31st

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

Nationals 75-55, 1st place in the N.L. East, 8 games ahead of the Marlins
Phillies 60-70, 4th place in the N.L. East, 15 games behind the Nationals

Nationals Probables:  Tanner Roark (13-7, 2.99), Max Scherzer (14-7, 2.92), Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4.25)
Phillies Probables:  Jake Thompson (1-3, 9.78), Jared Eickhoff (9-12, 3.87), Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50)

At the Ballpark:  The only give-aways for this series are available via special tickets for various theme nights.  The most intriguing item up for grabs is the Franco-Stein available on Wednesday as part of a Zombie Night promotion.

Nationals Leaders
Average:  Daniel Murphy - .343
Runs:  Daniel Murphy - 80
Home Runs:  Daniel Murphy - 25
RBIs:  Daniel Murphy - 98
Stolen Bases:  Bryce Harper - 18

Wins:  Stephen Strasburg - 15
ERA:  Max Scherzer - 2.92
Strikeouts:  Max Scherzer - 227
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 19

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .294
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 67
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 22
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 72
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 19

Wins:  Jeremy Hellickson - 10
ERA:  Jeremy Hellickson - 3.80
Strikeouts:  Vince Velasquez - 144
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 34

1970 Topps #666
1970 Topps #677
1970 Topps Appreciation:  Today's featured cards are for two players who both spent parts of their careers with the Expos and Phillies.

Adolfo Phillips played in parts of three seasons with the Phillies between 1964 and 1966, before leaving to serve as the Cubs' regular center fielder between 1966 and 1968.  With the Phillies, Phillips appeared in 56 games, hitting .223 before being included in the ill-fated (for the Phillies) Fergie Jenkins trade with the Cubs.  The Phillies outfield at the time was already occupied by Johnny Callison, Tony Gonzalez and Johnny Briggs.  Phillips was an original Expo in 1969, splitting center field duties with Ty Cline.  His sole Phillies baseball card can be found in the 1966 Topps set.

Woodie Fryman pitched in parts of 18 seasons in the Majors, spending the bulk of his career with the Phillies (1968-1972) and Expos (1975-1976, 1978-1983).  The Phillies originally acquired him from the Pirates in December 1967 as part of the deal that sent Jim Bunning to Pittsburgh.  He appeared on a number of Phillies baseball cards between 1968 and 1972, although he'd have to wait for his 1970 Topps card to actually show him wearing a Phillies uniform.  Both his 1968 and 1969 Topps cards use the same photo of Fryman in a Pirates jersey.

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