Two former Phillies will receive their National League Championship rings ahead of tonight’s game in Philly
The Philadelphia Phillies simply cannot get enough of last season’s postseason run. Matt Vierling and Nick Maton will become the latest members of last year’s team to receive National League Championship rings ahead of tonight’s series opener against the Detroit Tigers.
Phillies to Honor Nick Maton and Matt Vierling Before Tonight’s Game
I mean seriously, who hands out NL Championship Rings in the first place?
Raise the NL Pennant at the start of the season and move on already.
Trust me, I was a huge fan of Matt Vierling and Nick Maton during their two seasons they spent with the Phillies. It pains me to criticize the championship ring gesture, but I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s pretty lame.
Vierling and Maton, along with Donny Sands, were shipped to Detroit in the offseason to acquire left-handed reliever Gregory Soto and current every-other-day first baseman Kody Clemens.
Vierling and Maton have both struggled for the Tigers this year. Vierling is hitting .241/.297/.352 in 46 games for Detroit and was recently put on the injured list with a back injury. Maton is slashing just .162/.286/.304 for the Tigers in 175 PAs with 5 HRs and 17 RBIs.
Gregory Soto has been great for the Phillies if you take away a few bad outings. He’s thrown 24 total innings this season, allowing 14 total earned runs.
Note: 13 of those 14 have come in just 3.1 innings of work. Soto has allowed just one earned run in the other 20.2 innings.
Kody Clemens was the other player that came over in the trade and has been a surprising bright spot for the Phillies recently. Clemens is hitting .320/.382/.440 over his last 50 ABs with 1 HR, 5 RBIs, and 16 hits.
The Phillies enter tonight after taking two of three against the Washington Nationals over the weekend. They will now play their next six games at Citizens Bank Park against the Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers.