Saturday, April 17, 2021

Game 13 - 2020 Topps Now #171 Jackie Robinson Salute

Phillies 9
, Cardinals 2
Game 13 - Friday Night, April 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 7-6, 2nd Place, 1/2 game behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The offense came to life and Zach Eflin was fantastic in this 9-2 series opening win against the Cardinals.

What It Means:  The game's easy, Harry.  When you get pitching, good fielding and score a few.

What Happened:  Nine straight Phillies reached in the second, giving the team a much-needed crooked numbers inning.  The big hits in the inning were Jean Segura's wind-aided RBI double, Andrew McCutchen's two-run single and Bryce Harper's two-run double.  Also contributing was questionable Cardinals defense, an intentional walk to Mickey Moniak and two hit batters, including Eflin getting grazed on his pants zipper with the bases loaded.  The line-up enjoyed a nine-hit night with Segura (three hits) and McCutchen (two hits) leading the way.

Featured Card:  McCutchen gets the card here for his three-RBI night, and for busting out of his 0 for 14 slump.  He featured prominently in a pre-game video in which the Phillies dedicated a new space at the ballpark to celebrate the history of the Negro League's Philadelphia Stars.  All fans also received McCutchen Philadelphia Stars t-shirts upon entering the ballpark.  The other players featured on the card, released last year to celebrate a delayed Jackie Robinson celebration, are Mookie Betts, Dexter Fowler and Dominic Smith.


Field Report:
 We braved the cold and the drizzle to witness the Phillies' second inning offensive outburst.  After getting our four McCutchen Philadelphia Stars t-shirts we grabbed dinner and settled into our four-seat pod in Section 116 for the night.  Hot chocolates were a popular choice following the seventh inning stretch.

Transaction:  It's not necessarily an official transaction, but the team announced hitting coach Joe Dillon, third base coach Dusty Wathan and bullpen coach Dave Lundquist were not with the team due to COVID-19 safety protocols.  Paco Figueroa moved over to coach third with Bobby Meacham coaching first in this game.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Series Preview - Cardinals at Phillies: April 16th to April 18th

1986 Topps #178
1986 Topps #39

Friday 7:05, Saturday 4:05, Sunday 1:05

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

At the Ballpark:  All fans attending tonight's game will receive an Andrew McCutchen Philadelphia Stars t-shirt, paying tribute to the former Negro League team.  The Cardinals and Phillies will also all wear #42 as part of Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Salute.  On Sunday, the Phanatic celebrates his birthday with all fans receiving a Phillie Phanatic knit hat.

Cardinals 6-6
3rd Place in the N.L. Central, 1 game behind the Brewers and Reds

Cardinals Probables
Carlos Martinez (0-2, 6.30)
Kwang-Hyun Kim (0-0, 0.00)
John Gant (0-1, 3.00)

Cardinals Leaders
Average:  Yadier Molina - .342
Runs:  Paul DeJong - 9
Home Runs:  Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carson - 3
RBIs:  Dylan Carson - 9
Stolen Bases:  Tommy Edman - 3

Wins:  Jack Flaherty and Giovanny Gallegos - 2
ERA:  Jack Flaherty - 4.11
Strikeouts:  Jack Flaherty - 16
Saves:  Alex Reyes - 3
Phillies 6-6
2nd Place in the N.L. East, 1 game behind the Mets

Phillies Probables
Zach Eflin (0-0, 3.46)
Matt Moore (0-0, 7.56)
Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.45)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  J.T. Realmuto - .324
Runs:  Rhys Hoskins - 8
Home Runs:  3 tied with - 2
RBIs:  Didi Gregorius - 9
Stolen Bases:  Alec Bohm and Roman Quinn - 2

Wins:  Connor Brogdon - 3
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 3.00
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 20
Saves:  Hector Neris - 2
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2021 Chachi #11 Brad Miller


#13
Bradley Austin Miller
Infield

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  195
Opening Day Age:  31
Born:  October 18, 1989, Orlando, FL
How Obtained:  Signed by the Phillies as a free agent formerly with the St. Louis Cardinals, February 17, 2021
Contract Status:  Signed through 2021
Major League Teams:  Seattle Mariners 2013-2015; Tampa Bay Rays 2017-2018; Milwaukee Brewers 2018; Cleveland Indians 2019; Philadelphia Phillies 2019; St. Louis Cardinals 2020; Philadelphia Phillies 2021
First Phillies Card:  2019 Topps Total #477
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  2019 Topps Total #477

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (7):  2013-2018, 2020

1 - Miller baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/16/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi #48
2019 Chachi Photo Night #8
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #33
2019 Chachi Departures #5 - Phillies
2019 Chachi Departures #5 - Cardinals
2021 Chachi New Additions #10
2021 Chachi #11

Miller returned to the Phillies for the 2021 season after spending last year with the Wild Card-winning Cardinals.  He has yet to see much game action, receiving only one start at first base so far this season.
Miller's first stint with the club yielded exactly one Phillies baseball card, in the limited 2019 Topps Total release.  And with no updated team-issued photo card set produced in 2019 and no set so far in 2021, he has yet to appear on an officially issued photo card.  Hopefully that changes soon.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

2021 Chachi #10 Andrew Knapp


#5
Andrew Michael Knapp
Catcher

Bats:  Switch  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  189
Opening Day Age:  29
Born:  November 9, 1991, Roseville, CA
How Obtained:  Selected by Phillies in 2nd round of June 2013 amateur player draft
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible 2021, free agency eligible 2023
Major League Teams:  Philadelphia Phillies 2017-
First Phillies Card:  2013 Bowman Draft Prospects #BDPP17
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2013 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #11
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue #64

Newest Card Added:  2021 Topps Now #152

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (2):  2017, 2020

30 - Knapp baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/15/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi #10
2017 Chachi Phillies Phestival #12
2017 Chachi In Action #5
2017 Chachi Archives #13
2017 Chachi Photo Night #28 - with Clay Buchholz and Cameron Rupp
2018 Chachi #8
2019 Chachi #10
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #17 - with Adam Morgan
2019 Chachi Friendly Encounters #15
2020 Chachi #11
2021 Chachi #10
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Game 12 - 2021 Topps Heritage #223 Adam Haseley

Mets 5
, Phillies 1
Game 12 - Wednesday Night, April 14th in Flushing
Record - 6-6, 2nd Place, 1 game behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The slumping Phillies offense continued to be on display as the Mets easily won, 5-1.

What It Means:  The Good Phight used one word to sum up their game summary post:  Sadness.  Weather permitting, they'll try to avoid a four-game sweep this afternoon with Jacob deGrom on the mound for the Mets.

What Happened:  Zack Wheeler deserved better.  After struggling in the first and allowing a pair of Mets runs, Wheeler settled in and battled through the next five-plus innings.  David Peterson and three Mets relievers held the Phillies to three hits, including a solo home run from Jean Segura.  The Phillies offense struck out an inexcusable 14 times, looking lost at times at the plate.

Featured Card/Transaction:  Prior to the game, Mickey Moniak (of) was recalled from the alternate training site and Adam Haseley (of) was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons.  It was announced Haseley had left the team.  I wish nothing but good things for Haseley and I hope he sorts out whatever it is that caused him to make this move.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Game 11 - 2021 Topps Opening Day #9 Spencer Howard

Mets 4
, Phillies 0 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)
Game 11 - Monday Night, April 13th in Flushing
Record - 6-5, Tied for 1st Place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Marlins

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola labored again and the offense was dormant again as the Mets shut out the Phillies, 4-0, sweeping both ends of the double header.

What It Means:  Not great.  The Phillies now share first place with the Mets and their 4-3 record.

What Happened:  Nola battled through five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out seven.  Unfortunately, the bats couldn't get going against Marcus Stroman, who held the Phillies to four hits over six innings.  Defensive adventures continued with Adam Haseley misjudging a ball in the fourth that might have led to three Mets runs in the inning.

Featured Card:  Top pitching prospect Spencer Howard was added as the 27th man for this double header, and Howard made his season debut relieving Nola in the sixth.  Howard gave up a run on two hits and walk and was sent back down to the alternate training camp in Lehigh Valley following the game.

Game 10 - 2021 Donruss #100 Didi Gregorius

Mets 4
, Phillies 3 (Game 1 - 8 Innings)
Game 10 - Tuesday Afternoon, April 13th in Flushing
Record - 6-4

One Sentence Summary:  The Mets dashed the Phillies' hopes for a win, scoring two in the ninth and walking off with a 4-3 victory.

What It Means:  I'm not a fan of seven-inning games for double headers, and I'm even less of a fan of the ghost runner placed at second base at the start of each extra inning.  This game was necessitated when Monday's series opener was rained out.

What Happened:  The Phillies battled to tie the game in the sixth on an infield single from Jean Segura and then they took a brief lead in the eighth on another infield single from Didi Gregorius.  The offense slumbered, going 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position and striking out 14 times.  The Phillies' three runs scored on two bloops that didn't leave the infield and a sacrifice fly.

Chase Anderson lasted four innings and gave up only a pair of runs on three hits.  The bullpen trio of JoJo Romero, Jose Alvarado and Connor Brogdon once again impressed, but closer Hector Neris couldn't secure the win in the eighth.  With the Phillies holding a slim 3-2 lead, and the ghost runner starting the inning at second, Neris allowed a lead-off single to Pete Alonso to tie the game.  A few batters later, and now with the bases loaded, Jonathan Villar singled home the winning run.

Featured Card:  It's been a defensive adventure at times for Gregorius at shortstop, but with his hit in this game he became the first Phillies player to start a season with a 10-game hitting streak since Chase Utley in 2014.

Transaction:  Spencer Howard (rhp) was added as the 27th man for this double header, and unfortunately his services would be needed in the second game.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021 Chachi #8 Adam Haseley


#40
Adam Donald Haseley
Center Field

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  190
Opening Day Age:  24
Born:  April 12, 1996, Orlando, FL
How Obtained:  Selected by Phillies in 1st round of June 2017 amateur player draft
Contract Status:  Pre-arbitration eligible
Major League Teams:  Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2017 Bowman Draft #BD-115
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2017 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #12
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  2021 Topps Heritage #223

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (2):  2019-2020

37 - Haseley baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/12/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi Almost #12
2017 BlueClaws Signing Autographs #6
2019 Chachi Ballpark Visits #4
2019 Chachi #46
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #6
2019 Chachi Photo Night #13
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #40
2020 Chachi #15
2021 Chachi #8

Haseley was the 8th overall pick in the 2017 amateur player draft, and he made his big league debut on June 4, 2019.  Similar to the arrangement during the abbreviated 2020 season, Haseley and Roman Quinn are expected to split center field duties.
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Monday, April 12, 2021

Series Preview - Phillies at Mets: April 12th to April 15th

1986 Topps #664
1986 Topps #104

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:10, Thursday 12:10

Citi Field - Flushing, NY

At the Ballpark:  The Mets don't have any promotions for these games listed on their website, but Thursday is the annual Jackie Robinson Day during which all personnel will wear jerseys with Robinson's #42.

Phillies 6-3
1st Place in the N.L. East, 2 games ahead of the Braves and Mets

Phillies Probables
Chase Anderson (0-1, 3.60)
Aaron Nola (0-0, 2.53)
Zack Wheeler (1-1, 2.31)
Zach Eflin (0-0, 3.46)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  J.T. Realmuto - .333
Runs:  Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins - 7
Home Runs:  3 tied with - 2
RBIs:  Didi Gregorius - 8
Stolen Bases:  Alec Bohm and Roman Quinn - 2

Wins:  Connor Brogdon - 3
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 2.31
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 14
Saves:  Hector Neris - 2
Mets 2-3
Tied for 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 2 games behind the Phillies

Mets Probables
David Peterson (0-1, 13.50)
Taijuan Walker (0-0, 3.00)
Joey Lucchesi (0-0, 0.00)
Jacob deGrom (0-1, 0.64)

Mets Leaders
Average:  Brandon Nimmo - .412
Runs:  Pete Alonso - 3
Home Runs:  3 tied with - 1
RBIs:  3 tied with - 3
Stolen Bases:  Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Pillar - 1

Wins:  Edwin Diaz and Marcus Stroman - 1
ERA:  Jacob deGrom - 0.64
Strikeouts:  Jacob deGrom - 21
Saves:  N/A
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Game 9 - 2021 Topps Heritage #12 Alec Bohm IA

Phillies 7
, Braves 6
Game 9 - Sunday Night, April 11th in Atlanta
Record - 6-3, 1st Place, 2 games ahead of the Braves and Mets

One Sentence Summary:  In a game that went back and forth between the two teams, the Phillies ultimately prevailed over the Braves, 7-6,  in a controversial and extremely close play at the plate in which Alec Bohm scored the eventual winning run in the top of the ninth.

What It Means:  The Phillies escaped Atlanta without getting swept and they begin a four-game series in New York tonight against the Mets.

What Happened:  With the score tied 6-6, Bohm doubled to start the ninth, went to third on a Jean Segura ground out and raced home on a shallow fly ball hit by Didi Gregorius.  Bohm was called safe at the plate and replay review maintained the call.

The top of the Braves line-up - Ronald Acuna, Jr., Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman - continued to damage the Phillies, going a combined 5 for 13 in this game with a home run for each of them.  Despite a rough start from pitcher Matt Moore (5 innings pitched, 5 runs on 9 hits), the Phillies offense chipped away with Rhys Hoskins and Gregorius both homering in the fourth and Bryce Harper homering in the sixth to break a 5-5 tie.  The bullpen once again performed well with Hector Neris throwing a perfect ninth for his second save.

Featured Card:  Bohm was at the center of the controversy, so it feels right to feature his recently released In Action card, as inspired by the original 1972 Topps set.

Transaction:  In the first roster move of the season, the Phillies placed Archie Bradley (rhp) on the 10-day injured list with an oblique injury and recalled JoJo Romero (lhp).  There's no timetable yet for Bradley's return and hopefully this is a short-term thing.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

2021 Chachi #7 Jean Segura


#2
Jean Carlos Enrique Segura
Third Base

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'10"  Weight:  220
Opening Day Age:  31
Born:  March 17, 1990, San Juan, DR
How Obtained:  Acquired with Juan Nicasio and James Pazos from the Seattle Mariners for J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana, December 3, 2018
Contract Status:  Signed through 2022 with a club option for 2023
Major League Teams:  Los Angeles Angels 2012; Milwaukee Brewers 2012-2015; Arizona Diamondbacks 2016; Seattle Mariners 2017-2018; Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2018 Topps Now Offseason #OS55
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #2

Newest Card Added:  2021 Topps Heritage #338

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (9):  2013-2021

33 - Segura baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/11/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi New Additions #1
2019 Chachi #2
2019 Chachi #50 - 9th Inning Homers HL
2019 Chachi Phillies Phestival #22
2020 Chachi #6
2021 Chachi #7

The team's regular shortstop in 2019, Segura shifted over to third base to start the 2020 season with the arrival of new shortstop Didi Gregorius.  He's now the team's regular second baseman with Alec Bohm assuming the everyday third base duties.

The well-traveled infielder has readily available baseball cards featuring him with each of the five teams he's played with during his career so far.  Even though he only played one game with the Angels, his original team, he appears on a number of Bowman sets in an Angels uniform throughout 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Segura was an All-Star with the Brewers in 2013 and with the Diamondbacks in 2018.
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Game 8 - 1971 Dell Today's Team Stamps #12 Jim Bunning

Braves 5
, Phillies 4
Game 8 - Saturday Night, April 10th in Atlanta
Record - 5-3, 1st Place, 1 game ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies let this game slip away, losing 5-4, thanks in part to a poorly executed play in the seventh in which the eventual winning run scored on a ground ball back to the pitcher.

What It Means:  The team will try to avoid the sweep tonight while featured as ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball game.

What Happened:  With the score tied 4-4, Archie Bradley relieved Zach Eflin to start the seventh and allowed a pinch-hit double to Ehire Adrianza and a single to Ronald Acuna, Jr.  Jose Alvarado relieved Bradley and when Freddie Freeman bounced a grounder back to Alvarado, the pitcher wheeled to throw to second, where no one was covering, and then threw home too late to get Adrianza.  The Braves had a 5-4 lead and would go on to win the game.

The Phillies had tied the game in the fifth on Andrew McCutchen's home run and then taken a brief lead in the sixth on Bryce Harper's home run.  Both marked firsts for the year for McCutchen and Harper.  Eflin allowed three quick first inning runs to the Braves and then settled in to pitch well through the fifth.  The Braves tied the score in the sixth when Dansby Swanson doubled home Marcell Ozuna.

Featured Card:  Again, nothing great to feature from this game, but the Phillies celebrated an important anniversary in their history yesterday.  It was 50 years ago yesterday, on April 10, 1971, Veterans Stadium first opened with Jim Bunning throwing a pitch to Expos' center fielder Boots Day.  I've uploaded the team's 1971 highlight film here on YouTube, and thanks to fellow collector Steve F. for sending the video to me several years ago.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

2021 Chachi #6 Didi Gregorius


#18
Mariekson Julius Gregorius
Shortstop

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  205
Opening Day Age:  31
Born:  February 18, 1990, Amsterdam, Netherlands
How Obtained:  Signed as a free agent, December 13, 2019
Contract Status:  Signed through 2022
Major League Teams:  Cincinnati Reds 2012; Arizona Diamondbacks 2013-2014; New York Yankees 2015-2019; Philadelphia Phillies 2020-
First Phillies Card:  2019 Topps Now Offseason #OS-50
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  2021 Donruss #100

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (8):  2013-2020

19 - Gregorius baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/10/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2020 Chachi New Additions #8
2020 Chachi Preseason Photo Cards #18
2020 Chachi #5
2020 Chachi #6

Gregorius has appeared in Topps flagship sets dating back to 2013.  His first Phillies baseball card, from the 2019 Topps Now Offseason set, came out in late December 2019 following his official signing with the club, and he's been photoshopped into a Phillies uniform in several other 2020 Topps releases since then.

We're still waiting for an official Gregorius team-issued photo card, and with the popular shortstop now signed through the 2022 season we'll hopefully get one either this year or next.  His 2021 baseball card appearances have been sparse so far, as he's only appeared in the Donruss set and as a short-print in the Heritage set.
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Game 7 - 1975 Topps #319 Johnny Oates

Braves 8
, Phillies 1
Game 7 - Friday Night, April 9th in Atlanta
Record - 5-2, 1st Place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Not much went right for the Phillies in this 8-1 loss against the Braves in the Atlanta home opener.

What It Means:  In front of about 14,000 mostly maskless fans, which I just don't understand, Zack Wheeler and the Phillies had a bad night.

What Happened:  Wheeler was struggling, but he was prematurely pulled in the fifth inning when manager Joe Girardi forgot he was about to visit the mound for the second time.  Wheeler's final line wasn't great - 4 2/3 innings, seven hits, three runs, four walks, four strikeouts and a very big two-run home run to Ronald Acuna, Jr.  Brandon Kintzler allowed a three-run home run to pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza in the sixth, with Freddie Freeman homering for good measure in the eighth off David Hale.

Andrew McCutchen drove in the only Phillies run with a single to right in the third, and the team had only six hits overall against Braves starter Charlie Morton and three relievers.

Featured Card:  The only positive for me as a baseball fan was seeing the Braves wear their 1974-era throwbacks in honor of the late Hank Aaron.  Former Brave and Phillie Johnny Oates is wearing the uniform the Braves wore last night on his 1975 Topps card.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Series Preview - Phillies at Braves: April 9th to April 11th

1986 Topps Traded #7T
1986 Topps Traded #119T

Friday and Saturday 7:20, Sunday 7:08

Truist Park - Atlanta, GA

At the Ballpark:  It's opening weekend for the Braves, and all fans will receive 2021 schedule magnets on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, the first 3,000 kids will receive a Freddie Freeman poster and Freeman is scheduled to receive his 2020 MVP award prior to that game as well.  With the ongoing pandemic, Truist Park is currently capped at 33% capacity or about 13,500 fans.

Phillies 5-1
1st Place in the N.L. East, 2 games ahead of the Mets

Phillies Probables
Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00)
Zach Eflin (0-0, 1.29)
Matt Moore (0-0, 5.40)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Rhys Hoskins - .417
Runs:  Rhys Hoskins - 6
Home Runs:  5 tied with - 1
RBIs:  J.T. Realmuto - 6
Stolen Bases:  Alec Bohm and Roman Quinn - 2

Wins:  Connor Brogdon - 3
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 0.00
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 11
Saves:  Jose Alvarado and Hector Neris - 1
Braves 2-4
4th Place in the N.L. East, 3 games behind the Phillies

Braves Probables
Charlie Morton (0-1, 5.40)
Ian Anderson (0-0, 1.80)
Drew Smyly (0-0, 3.00)

Braves Leaders
Average:  Ronald Acuna, Jr. - .304
Runs:  Ronald Acuna, Jr. - 4
Home Runs:  Ronald Acuna, Jr. and Pablo Sandoval - 2
RBIs:  Ronald Acuna, Jr. and Pablo Sandoval - 4
Stolen Bases:  Ronald Acuna, Jr. - 2

Wins:  Luke Jackson and Josh Tomlin - 1
ERA:  Huascar Ynoa - 0.00
Strikeouts:  Max Fried - 11
Saves:  Sean Newcomb and Will Smith - 1
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2021 Chachi #5 Alec Bohm


#28
Alec Daniel Bohm
Third Base

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'5"  Weight:  218
Opening Day Age:  24
Born:  August 3, 1996, Omaha, NE
How Obtained:  Selected by the Phillies in the 1st round of June 2018 amateur player draft
Major League Teams:  Philadelphia Phillies 2020-
First Phillies Card:  2019 Bowman Prospects #BP-2
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2018 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #5
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A

Newest Card Added:  2021 Topps Opening Day #62

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (1):  2021

39 - Bohm baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/8/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2018 Chachi Almost #6
2020 Chachi #40
2021 Chachi #5

Bohm was been all over the Bowman and Topps minor league releases in 2019 and 2020 and despite only joining the organization in mid-2018, he's managed to make it into eight Phillies minor league team sets.  He's also appeared on six different Topps Now cards to date, and I'd expect that number to continue to grow.
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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Game 6 - 2021 Topps Opening Day #21 J.T. Realmuto

Phillies 8
, Mets 2
Game 6 - Wednesday Afternoon, April 7th in Philadelphia
Record - 5-1, 1st Place, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Mets and Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  J.T. Realmuto and Alec Bohm each connected with three-run home runs in this 8-2 win against the Mets.

What It Means:  The Phillies took the series, and are one of four teams in baseball with five wins along with the Reds, Dodgers and Astros.  After an off-day on Thursday, they'll open up a weekend series with the Braves in Atlanta on Friday night.

What Happened:  Aaron Nola didn't have his best stuff and battled through four innings.  He departed having allowed a run on six hits while striking out five.  The new and improved bullpen continued to get the job done with Connor Brogdon, Archie Bradley, Sam Coonrod and Hector Neris sealing the victory.  Brogdon picked up the win to make him 3-0 and the first pitcher in Phillies franchise history to win three of the team's first six games.

The offense only had nine hits, but three of them were home runs - the big blasts from Realmuto and Bohm, along with a first inning solo home run from Rhys Hoskins.  Hoskins also had two doubles, taking over the league lead in that category as he now has six doubles to start the season.

Featured Card:  Six months ago, it seemed like a real possibility Realmuto would be playing in 2021 for the Mets.  But with the Mets signing James McCann, Realmuto's return to Philadelphia was set in motion and after signing a five-year contract, he'll be the team's catcher through at least 2025.  This is the latest card of his added to my collection, from the Topps Opening Day set.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

2021 Chachi #4 J.T. Realmuto


#10
Jacob Tyler Realmuto
Catcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  212
Opening Day Age:  30
Born:  March 18, 1991, Del City, OK
How Obtained:  Acquired from the Miami Marlins for Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and international bonus pool money, February 7, 2019
Contract Status:  Signed through 2025
Major League Teams:  Miami Marlins 2014-2018; Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2018 Topps Now Offseason #OS67
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #10

Newest Card Added:  2021 Topps Opening Day #71

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (6):  2015-2020

63 - Realmuto baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/7/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi New Additions #7
2019 Chachi #5
2019 Chachi #52 - All-Star
2019 Chachi #70 - Gold Glove
2019 Chachi Friendly Encounters #10
2020 Chachi #4
2021 Chachi #4

I'm thrilled to know I get to create custom J.T. Realmuto cards through at least 2025, given the contract the Best Catcher in Baseball signed with the Phillies on January 28th.

We met Realmuto in May 2019 at Carl's Cards & Collectibles where he signed a few things for us and posed for his Friendly Encounters card with Doug.
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Game 5 - 2020 Topps #402 Vince Velasquez

Mets 8
, Phillies 4
Game 5 - Tuesday Night, April 6th in Philadelphia
Record - 4-1, 1st Place, 1 game ahead of the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The bullpen struggled in the Phillies' first loss of the season.

What It Means:  I genuinely wonder how long a leash Vince Velasquez has at this point.  The team's fifth starter, Chase Anderson, kept the Phillies in the game by allowing two runs in five innings of work.  The bullpen duo of Velasquez and David Hale couldn't keep the Mets off the scoreboard.

What Happened:  In his Phillies debut, Anderson allowed a pair of hits, including a two-run home run to Dominic Smith in the fourth.  Didi Gregorius got the Phillies to within a run when his solo home run made it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the fourth.  Velasquez dominated in the sixth, striking out the side.  But then he fell apart in the seventh, walking four in a row before departing.  Hale allowed a two-run home run to Pete Alonso in the ninth.

Featured Card:  In five seasons with the Phillies, Velasquez has been maddeningly inconsistent.  He's either brilliant and unhittable or wild and extremely hittable.  He doesn't have any 2021 baseball cards yet, and this is his card from last year's Topps flagship second series release.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Game 4 - 2021 Topps #31 Brandon Kintzler

Phillies 5
, Mets 3
Game 4 - Monday Night, April 5th in Philadelphia
Record - 4-0, 1st Place, 2 games ahead of the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Handcuffed by Jacob deGrom through six innings, the Phillies took advantage of his early departure and plated five in the eighth in this come-from-behind, 5-3 win.

What It Means:  The Phillies are 4-0 and the only remaining undefeated team in baseball.  Hard to believe, Harry.

What Happened:  deGrom was nearly unhittable through six innings, striking out seven, but after 77 pitches his night was over.  A quick sequence of events in the eighth saw the Phillies take the lead.  Mets' reliever Trevor May allowed a single to pinch-hitter Brad Miller, walked Andrew McCutchen and allowed another single to Rhys Hoskins to load the bases.  Aaron Loup entered and hit Bryce Harper to allow the Phillies' first run to cross the plate.  J.T. Realmuto singled to tie the game, and then the Phillies scored twice more when Alec Bohm reached on a fielder's choice and Mets' third baseman Luis Guillorme threw wide of the plate.  Didi Gregorius added a sacrifice fly for the fifth and final run.

Matt Moore made his first Phillies start and was the victim of some bloop hits and shaky Phillies defense.  His final line shows 3 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.  The new and improved bullpen did its job with Brandon Kintzler, Sam Coonrod and Connor Brogdon combining for 4 2/3 scoreless innings.  Jose Alvarado got into some trouble in the ninth, but eventually locked down the save. 

Featured Card:  Brogdon picked up the win, but it was Kintzler who entered the game in the fourth with the bases loaded and immediately induced an inning-ending double play.  He's in the 2021 Topps set with the Marlins, and with the Phillies not producing a team-issued photo card set this year (yet) this could realistically be the only baseball card he's on this season.

2021 Chachi #3 Bryce Harper


#3
Bryce Aron Max Harper
Right Field

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  210
Opening Day Age:  28
Born:  October 16, 1992, Las Vegas, NV
How Obtained:  Signed by the Phillies as a free agent, March 1, 2019
Contract Status:  Signed through 2031
Major League Teams:  Washington Nationals 2012-2018; Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2019 Topps Bryce Harper Art Card #A
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #3

Newest Card Added:  2021 Topps Opening Day #50

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (10):  2012-2021

181 - Harper baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/5/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi Greatest Moments #1
2019 Chachi New Additions #8a
2019 Chachi New Additions #8b
2019 Chachi #3
2019 Chachi Ballpark Visits #2
2019 Chachi Photo Night #2
2019 Chachi Ballpark Visits #24
2019 Chachi #63a - Walk-Off Grand Slam HL
2019 Chachi #63b - Walk-Off Grand Slam HL
2020 Chachi #3
2020 Chachi Friendly Encounters #5
2021 Chachi Preview #2
2021 Chachi #3
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Monday, April 5, 2021

Series Preview - Mets at Phillies: April 5th to April 7th

1986 Topps #53
1986 Topps #475

Monday and Tuesday 7:05, Wednesday 4:05

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

At the Ballpark:  The city of Philadelphia allowed the Phillies to move to about 11,000 fans in the ballpark beginning with Sunday's game, so if it seems incrementally louder that's the reason why.  Fans attending both night games against the Mets will receive a McDonald's Opening Night t-shirt.  The Mets will finally begin their 2021 season after a coronavirus mini-outbreak on the Nationals led to the postponement of their series over the weekend.

Mets 0-0
Tied for 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 1 1/2 games behind the Phillies

Mets Probables
Jacob deGrom (0-0, 0.00)
Marcus Stroman (0-0, 0.00)
David Peterson (0-0, 0.00)

Mets Leaders - Spring Training
Average:  Francisco Lindor - .370
Runs:  Brandon Nimmo - 10
Home Runs:  Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor - 4
RBIs:  Pete Alonso - 16
Stolen Bases:  Kevin Pillar - 2

Wins:  Jacob deGrom - 3
ERA:  Marcus Stroman - 3.44
Strikeouts:  Jacob deGrom - 21
Saves:  Sam McWilliams and Daniel Zamora - 2
Phillies 3-0
1st Place in the N.L. East, 2 games ahead of the Marlins

Phillies Probables
Matt Moore (0-0, 0.00)
Chase Anderson (0-0, 0.00)
Aaron Nola (0-0, 2.70)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  J.T. Realmuto - .444
Runs:  Rhys Hoskins - 2
Home Runs:  Andrew Knapp - 1
RBIs:  Alec Bohm and Rhys Hoskins - 2
Stolen Bases:  Alec Bohm and Jean Segura - 1

Wins:  3 tied with - 1
ERA:  Zack Wheeler - 0.00
Strikeouts:  Zack Wheeler - 10
Saves:  Hector Neris - 1

Game 3 - 2021 Topps Opening Day #62 Alec Bohm

Phillies 2
, Braves 1
Game 3 - Sunday Afternoon, April 4th in Philadelphia
Record - 3-0, 1st Place, 2 games ahead of the Marlins

One Sentence Summary:  Zach Eflin pitched wonderfully through seven innings and Alec Bohm came through with the game-winning clutch RBI single in the eighth as the Phillies defeated the Braves, 2-1.

What It Means:  Similar to how they started the 2019 season, the Phillies start the 2021 season with a sweep of the Braves at home.  The Mets come to town next for three games beginning on Monday night.

What Happened:  Eflin continued the trend started by Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler with a solid outing, striking out eight and only allowing a seventh inning home run to Travis d'Arnaud.  The d'Arnaud home run was one of only four hits surrendered by Eflin, and it's a shame he couldn't come away with the W.  Andrew Knapp had started the scoring for the Phillies with a solo home run in the second, the first home run of 2021 hit by the club.  Didi Gregorius contributed solid defense again.

The revamped Phillies bullpen held the lead provided by Bohm with Jose Alvarado striking out a pair in the eighth and Hector Neris working around two walks in the ninth to record his first save of the season.  Braves slugger Freddie Freeman went 0 for 9 in the series.

Featured Card:  With the score tied at 1-1, Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the eighth.  Bohm lined a single to center to score Hoskins and give the Phillies the lead.  The young third baseman has been one of the team's (and the league's) best hitters with runners in scoring position, and I'm excited to watch him play in Philadelphia for many, many years.  Bring on the Mets!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Game 2 - 2020 Topps Living Set #347 Zack Wheeler

Phillies 4
, Braves 0
Game 2 - Saturday Afternoon, April 3rd in Philadelphia
Record - 2-0, 1st Place, 1 game ahead of the Mets and Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Zack Wheeler was masterful, allowing one hit, striking out 10 and driving in a pair of runs in this 4-0 Phillies win.

What It Means:  Wheeler's performance was incredibly impressive, and if not for a Travis d'Arnaud single up the middle in the second he would have been perfect.  He's the first Phillies pitcher to go 7-plus innings with one or less hits, no walks and strike out at least 10 since Roy Halladay threw his perfect game on May 29, 2010.  He's also the first Phillies pitcher to pitch seven-plus innings and get more hits than hits allowed since Terry Mulholland's no-hitter on August 15, 1990.

What Happened:  The Phillies plated three in the fifth.  Wheeler singled home Jean Segura and Roman Quinn, and then Rhys Hoskins doubled to score Wheeler.  In the sixth, Wheeler struck again, doubling home Alec Bohm.  Wheeler departed the game after seven innings, having thrown 90 pitches and yielded to Archie Bradley who threw a perfect eighth.  Hector Neris came on in the ninth and struck out the side to finish the ballgame.

Featured Card:  Of course it's got to be Wheeler, and this is his Living Set card released last September.

Field Report:  My entire family attended this game, making two games in a row for Doug and me.  It wasn't as chilly in Section 319, and we settled into our seats with some nachos and Crab Fries.  Following the offensive outburst in the fifth inning, we ventured out for food, stopping to say hello to Greg Luzinski, back in his regular perch outside Bull's BBQ.  Doug and I enjoyed some Bull's again with my wife Jenna and our youngest son Ben splitting a Seasons pizza.  We stayed the for the entire nine innings, four of the 8,582 socially distanced fans in attendance.

2021 Chachi #2 Rhys Hoskins


#17
Rhys Dean Hoskins
First Base

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  245
Opening Day Age:  28
Born:  March 17, 1993, Sacramento, CA
How Obtained:  Selected by Phillies in 5th round of June 2014 amateur player draft
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible 2021, free agent 2024
Major League Teams:  Philadelphia Phillies 2017-
First Phillies Card:  2014 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Draft Picks #DP122
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2014 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #14
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2017 Phillies Team Issue Update #17

Newest Card Added:  2021 Topps Opening Day #103

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (4):  2018-2021

192 - Hoskins baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/3/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi #53
2017 Chachi In Action #7
2017 Chachi #56 - HL 9 HRs in 16 Games
2017 Chachi #57 - HL Rookie HR Record
2017 Chachi Valley Forge #3
2017 Chachi Christmas #1
2018 Chachi #4
2018 Chachi #44 - HL Home Run Derby
2018 Chachi Friendly Encounters #6
2019 Chachi Preview #1
2019 Chachi #4
2019 Chachi Phillies Festival #19
2020 Chachi #2
2021 Chachi Preview #1
2021 Chachi #2

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Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 3, 2021

2021 Chachi #1 Andrew McCutchen


#22
Andrew Stefan McCutchen
Left Field

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'11"  Weight:  195
Opening Day Age:  34
Born:  October 10, 1986, Fort Meade, FL
How Obtained:  Signed as a free agent, December 12, 2018
Contract Status:  Signed through 2021 with a club option for 2022
Major League Teams:  Pittsburgh Pirates 2009-2017; San Francisco Giants 2018; New York Yankees 2018; Philadelphia Phillies 2019-
First Phillies Card:  2018 Topps Now Offseason #OS59
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #22

Newest Card Added:  2021 Topps 70 Years of Topps Baseball #70YT-5

Topps Flagship Set Appearances (14):  2005, 2009-2021

35 - McCutchen baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 4/2/21.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi New Additions #5a
2019 Chachi New Additions #5b
2019 Chachi #1
2019 Chachi Friendly Encounters #18
2020 Chachi Preview #3
2020 Chachi #1
2021 Chachi #1

McCutchen first appeared in the 2005 Topps Updates & Highlights set as a Pirates' draft pick, before returning for a 13-year (and counting) run in the Topps flagship sets.

His Chachi Friendly Encounters card uses a photo taken with my son Doug at the Philly Baseball Card show held in September 2019.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Game 1 - Welcome Home! Fans Return to Citizens Bank Park

2021 Chachi #31

Phillies 3
, Braves 2 (10 Innings)
Game 1 - Thursday Afternoon, April 1st in Philadelphia
Record - 1-0, 1st Place, 1/2 game ahead of the Mets and Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  For the first time in 550 days, fans were in attendance at a regular season Phillies game, and we were treated to a walk-off, extra inning win.

What It Means:  The longest offseason is over.  8,529 grateful fans braved the elements and took in the sights and smells of Phillies baseball.

What Happened:  Aaron Nola was brilliant through six innings, and then ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed a double to Cristian Pache and a long home run to pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval.  That tied the game at 2-2.  The Phillies had scored their first two runs earlier on an Alec Bohm sacrifice fly and a J.T. Realmuto infield single.

The bullpen quartet of Archie Bradley, Jose Alvarado, Hector Neris and Connor Brogdon kept the Braves from scoring over the final four innings, and the defense was solid with excellent plays from Bohm and Didi Gregorius.  In the 10th, with Bryce Harper starting the inning at second base, Jean Segura chopped a single down the third base line to plate the winning run.

2021 Topps Opening Day #128
2021 Topps #109

Featured Card / Field Report:  My oldest son Doug and I attended this game, and I was admittedly a little emotional as we made our way to our seats in the Hall of Fame Club.  It was a much more subdued opening day out of necessity, but the ceremonies fit the mood as anything too over the top would have been too much to take.  Just being there was enough.

We did two full laps around the ballpark to see what was and wasn't open, and to make sure there definitely weren't any Phillies team-issued photo cards available for sale*.  My sole souvenir purchase was a Phillies Media Guide and given the cold, windy weather we had to strategize a little on our food purchases.  We waited until after the fifth inning to venture over to Bull's BBQ and the limited menu (for now) was a welcome sight.  After Bull's, we enjoyed a dessert of Shake Shack fries.

It was great to run into fellow Phillies fans we knew and who we hadn't seen in over a year and a half.  While the interactions were brief, those still marked another milestone as we get closer to normalcy.  After 550 days, it was wonderful to walk back into the ballpark and cheer, boo, eat, smile and hope.

*We were told photo cards may go on sale later in the season if there's enough interest and if the ballpark returns to full capacity.  Scorecards were also a casualty of the reduction in available souvenirs.

Transaction:  Ronald Torreyes (inf) was officially selected to the roster with Kyle Dohy (lhp) passing through waivers and outrighted to Lehigh Valley.

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