Thursday, April 18, 2019

Game 17 - 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen #31 Jake Arrieta

Phillies 3, Mets 2
Game 17 - Wednesday Afternoon, April 17th in Philadelphia
Record - 11-6, 1st place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Jake Arrieta was in complete control in this 3-2 win over the Mets.

What It Means:  The series win gives the Phillies their biggest lead to date in the division, and they'll head to Denver for a four-game series against the last place Rockies beginning on Thursday night.

What Happened:  Arrieta pitched eight strong innings, scattering six hits and allowing two runs.  Hector Neris recorded the final two outs of the game for his second save.  Scott Kingery (2) and Cesar Hernandez (2) homered in the win.

Featured Card:  This is the newest Arrieta card in my collection, from the Gypsy Queen set released in late March.

2019 Chachi Photo Cards #9
Transactions:  In a somewhat surprising move, Nick Pivetta was optioned to Lehigh Valley and it was announced Jerad Eickhoff would be taking his spot in the rotation.  Pivetta owns a 8.35 ERA through his first four starts of 2019, and in his final 21 starts of 2018 he went 3-11 with a 5.60 ERA.  With other options available at Triple-A, the Phillies apparently had him on a short leash to start the season.

Infielder Phil Gosselin had his contract purchased to take Pivetta's roster spot as Jean Segura tweaked his hamstring in Tuesday night's game.  Gosselin becomes the first player on the 2019 Phillies without a Phillies baseball card to date.  His Chachi card can be found on the Virtual Phillies Wall, but I also thought he should have a card in the team-issued photo card set.

Tommy Hunter was moved to the 60-day IL to make room for Gosselin on the 40-man roster.

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