Phillies: Building the team through baseball cards

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MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 23: Vince Velasquez #21 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 23, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Current Phillies Pitchers I Found

On the pitching side of things, a Vince Velasquez card was among my recently-acquired collection.

Velasquez has a 26-33 record, 4.70 ERA and 1.375 WHIP across four seasons with the Phillies, and had a 7-8 record last season, with a 4.91 ERA and 1.389 WHIP.

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Velasquez is currently in the mix for a starting spot near the back of the rotation, competing with Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta, Ranger Suarez and Cole Irvin once spring training returns.

A New York Mets Citi Field card finds itself in my “current or former Phillie” pile. Why?

Listed on the back under “starting rotation” is Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler is also listed under “2018 team leaders” with a team-second 179 strikeouts for the Mets.

The right-handed pitcher signed with the Phillies during the off-season to a five-year $118 million deal that puts him right behind Aaron Nola as the Phillies number two starter.

Wheeler has a 44-38 career record, 3.77 ERA and 1.294 WHIP across five seasons with the Mets, including an 11-8 record, 3.96 ERA and 1.259 WHIP last year.