6 Games Remain

For the first time since 2006, the Mets are in the postseason.  Their road was paved by their dominance of the Phillies, 14-2. Last three games between the Phillies and Mets starts Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.  Phillies are playing to avoid 100 losses, sitting on 97 as Tuesday night comes around. Three with the visiting Marlins this weekend ends the Phillies season.

From Elias Sports Bureau: The Mets completed a four-game series sweep in Cincinnati on Sunday by defeating the Reds, 8-1. It was the Mets’ 31st consecutive road game in which they scored three or more runs, matching the longest streak of its kind in National League history! New York now shares that mark with the 1891 Phillies, Chicago from 1894 to 1895, and the 1897 New York Giants. Several AL teams have had longer such streaks, including the 1937 Yankees, who scored at least three runs in a major-league record 45 consecutive road games.

First Florida Instructional League game for the Phillies took place Monday against the Blue Jays in nearby Dunedin.  October 16 is the last day for the 17-game schedule that also includes the Yankees and Orioles.  Wins and losses aren’t the focus but instruction is.  No records or stats are kept.

A total of 58 players dress and work out at Carpenter Field but their home games are at Bright House Field.  No games are scheduled for Sundays.  Not all 58 will be there the entire time.  RHP Jake Thompson, acquired in the Cole Hamels trade, will be there for a short time.  OF Nick Williams and C Jorge Alfaro, also part of that deal, are also in camp.  Refining base-stealing is on the agenda for Williams.  Alfaro, who injured an ankle in June and was out of action until this month, needs playing time.

Three 16-year-olds, OF Jhailyn Ortiz, C Rafael Marchan and LHP Manual Silva and 22-year-old OF Reggie Wilson are making their debuts in pro ball.

Coordinators: Doug Mansolino (field coordinator), Andy Tracy (hitting), Rafael Chaves (pitching), Chris Truby (infield), Ernie Whitt (catching), Andy Abad (outfield/base running) and Brett Gross (video coaching).

Staff: Pat Borders (manager), Rob Ducey, Rafael DeLima, Waner Santana (hitting), Roly deArmas, Shawn Williams (instructors), Carlos Arroyo, Brian Sweeney (pitching).

Athletic Trainers: Joe Rauch, rehab coordinator, Troy Hoffert, Michael Hefta, Aaron Scott.

Strength and conditioning: Jason Meredith, coordinator, Ken Matanane, Seth Gregorich.

Minor League Gold Gloves
Two Phillies outfielders, Cord Sandberg and Aaron Altherr, have been selected to the  Rawlings Gold Glove team in the minor leagues.

To be eligible to receive the Award, players must have participated in one of the 10 domestic-based, full-season leagues, and shown outstanding defensive skills. The Rawlings Gold Glove Award® was re-introduced to Minor League Baseball in 2011 after an almost 50-year hiatus.

Sandberg, Lakewood’s left fielder, recorded a .983 fielding percentage in 120 games. He had 232 chances and recorded 13 assists. Sandberg, 20, was a third round pick of the Phillies in the 2013 draft out of Manatee (FL) High School.

Altherr, a right fielder who split the season between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, was perfect in 107 games in the field, recording 279 chances and eight assists without committing an error. Altherr, 24, was selected by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 2009 draft out of Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona.

This Date In Phillies History
September 29, 1907, 1st game
RHP George McQuillan’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ends at 25 innings, a Phillies record for the start of a career.

September 29, 1915

The Phillies clinch first NL pennant with a 5-0 win at Boston, a 1-hitter for RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, his 30th win. It is his fourth 1-hitter and 12th shutout of the season.  A story about this game will be posted at http://www.phillies.com/alumni later today.

Overlooked yesterday (September 28) was a great moment in baseball history that took place at Shibe Park on the last day of the 1941 season against the Philadelphia Athletics. Boston’s left fielder, Ted Williams, entered the last day of the season with a .400 average.  Rather than sit out the double-header, he went 4-5 in the first game and 2-3 in the second game to finished .406, the last .400 hitter in baseball history.

Another Book
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits
is the title of my new book which will be available starting next May in book stores and on-line. Larry Andersen penned the foreword, very entertaining as one might expect. Publisher again is Triumph Books (triumphbooks.com).

Around MLB
Nationals not only suspended Papelbon for the rest of the season but removed his jersey from the team store.

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