Bastardo Back

Here’s a great note from Elias Sports Bureau:

“The Phillies have won the first game in each of their last 11 series at Citizens Bank Park. That matches the second-longest such home streak in franchise history. The Phillies won the opening game in 12 straight series at home in 1977 and 11 straight in 1889.”

Hope posting this isn’t a black cat jinx.

Postseason Meeting
About 25 front office members will meet today to begin postseason plans.  MLB provides a very thick manual that outlines procedures for the postseason including media, hotels, hospitality, Anthem singers, first ball tossers, security, ballpark signage, PhanaVision, publications, ticketing, finance issues, premium seating needs, television, radio and so forth.

Most difficult item is getting enough hotel space.  October is always a big convention month in Philadelphia. 

I’ve graduated from these meetings but still get involved in the ceremonial first ball tossers that involve the Alumni.

National TV
Thursday night, the MLB Network will carry the Dodgers-Phillies game, subject to local blackouts.

Sunday in New York is now 8:05 p.m. for a Sunday Night ESPN national telecast. Myphil17 was scheduled to televise that game in the Philadelphia market.  Instead, myphil17 will carry the Saturday night game, instead of Comcast SportsNet,

Roster Move
LHP Antonio Bastardo will be back in the bullpen starting tonight.  Following a stint on the DL, he’s pitched in 18 minor league games between Clearwater and Lehigh Valley.  He’s worked 16.2 scoreless innings and recorded 27 strikeouts.  Opponents were batting .123 against him.

This gives Charlie the benefit of having two lefties in the pen.

This Date
While the following note doesn’t apply to the Phillies, it was too good to pass up:

1944: Charles “Red” Barrett of the Boston Braves threw only 58 pitches to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 2-0, in a 9-inning game.

Didn’t know they had pitch counts in 1944.

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