6 for #6

Not only is a season winding down, a career for a Phillies icon is nearing the finish line. Ryan Howard, the greatest first baseman in Phillies history, has six more potential starts, barring injury. Three right-handers are starting on the mound for the Braves in this series that begins tonight and Ryan is expected to be in the middle of the Phillies lineup as he’s done since he reached the majors 12 years ago.

After this series, the scene switches to Citizens Bank Park for three games against the Mets starting Friday night. Saturday’s game has been changed from 7:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. for a FOX telecast. It is only fitting that Mike Schmidt, the club’s all-time home run leader with 548, will be in the Phillies TV booth for the final game. He and Ryan are 1-2 in home runs for the Phillies and will be for a long time. They also have a special bond.

Howard’s currently sitting at 380 career homers which puts him in sole place for 70th on baseball’s all-time list. He’s hit one home run on this date, 2007, #126, John Smoltz vs. Atlanta.

Howard HR Phun Facts
Vs. Braves, 51, most against any team
At Turner Field, 22, most for any enemy ballpark
Tonight’s starter: Teheran, 2
Wednesday night’s starter: Foltynewicz, 1
Thursday night’s starter: Wisler, 0

Braves have won the last four games vs. the Phillies . . . Season series all tied at 8-8 . . . Last time the Phillies won the season series was 2011 (12-6) . . . Turner Field this season, 4-3 Phillies . . . Turner Field history, 88-82 Braves.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Braves.
**They are only 26-49 in their final season at Turner Field.
**13-9 this month, including 7 wins in last 8 games.
**Hit .237 before ASG; .278 since (32-34 record).
**They have used a club-record 16 different starting pitchers.
**22 extra-inning games (11-11).

The Phillies are the first team ever to have two first basemen with 20-plus home runs . . . Jimmy Rollins began as a TBS studio analyst on Sunday afternoon. He’ll also be there for the last Sunday and any TBS postseason games. Joining him are Gary Sheffield and Pedro Martinez. Jimmy has done similar TV in the past for FOX . . . Chase Utley has won the 2016 Roy Campanella Award as the Dodgers’ most inspirational player. Anyone surprised? Who makes the annual selection? The Dodger players . . . Vince Scully’s comment from his pre-game salute last week, “I’m going to retire, buy a small house with a large medicine cabinet.” . . . Baseball America has named Jorge Alfaro as the best defensive catcher in the minors.

Minor League Review
Each of the Phillies six domestic minor league affiliates finished above .500 for the first time since 1953 . . . Winning percentage for those six is .595, highest of all organizations . . . Four teams reached the playoffs . . . Phillies minor league players received one league MVP, one league Pitcher of the Year, one league Rookie of the Year, two Futures Game selections, four league Player of the Month Awards, 14 league Player of the Week honors.

Here are the organizational leaders from the four full season affiliates: LV (Lehigh Valley), RE (Reading), CL (Clearwater) and LA (Lakewood).

Hitting Leaders
G 1b Rhys Hoskins (RE), 135
AB 2B Scott Kingery (CL-RE), 531
R RF Dylan Cozens (RE), 106
H Kingery 149
2B Cozens, 38
3B CF Roman Quinn (RE)/Nick Williams (LV), 6
TB Cozens, 308
BB SS J. P. Crawford (RE-LV), 72
SO Cozens, 186
SB Quinn, 31
OBP Hoskins, .377
SLG Cozens, .591
AVG OF Andrew Pullin (CL-RE), .322
OPS Hoskins, .943

Pitching Leaders
G LH Rodriguez (CL-RE-LV), 53
GS RH Ben Lively (RE-LV), 28
CG LH Anthony Vasquez (RE-LV), 3
W Lively, 18-5
L 3 with 9
ERA RH Jake Thompson (LV), 2.50
SV RH Edward Mujica (LV), 26
IP Vasquez, 172.1
H Vasquez, 168
R RH Ricardo Pinto (RE), 84
BB Pinto/RH Nick Pivetta (RE-LV), 51
SO RH Jose Taveras (LA), 154
WHIP Lively, 0.94

Instructional League
For a story about the Phillies camp check out h://atmlb.com/2degAe6

This Date

1949, Happy Birthday, Mike Schmidt.

September 27, 1977
RHP Larry Christenson wins his 18th game and drives in five runs as the Phillies capture their second NL East title, 15-9, over Chicago at Wrigley Field, their 101st win for the second straight year.

September 27, 2003

Phillies beat Atlanta, 7-6, in 10 innings for their final win at Veterans Stadium. Jim Thome hits the last home run and Rheal Cormier is last Phillies pitcher to win a game at Veterans Stadium.

September 27, 2008
The Phillies beat Washington, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up Eastern Division title with one game left.

September 27, 2010
For first time, Phillies win Eastern Division Crown four consecutive years as they beat Nationals, 8-0, in Washington with five games to go.

Twitter: @ShenkLarry

(Will blog daily through the rest of the season and Ryan Howard’s farewell).

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