Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Blue Jays

Philadelphia Phillies (37-63, 5th) @ Toronto Blue Jays (50-50, 2nd)
Game Times:
Monday & Tuesday - 7:07

Batting & Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Russell Martin
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Edwin Encarnacion
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Devon Travis
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Troy Tulowitzski
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Josh Donaldson
LF - Cody Asche vs. Chris Colabello
CF - Ben Revere vs. Kevin Pillar
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Jose Bautista
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco & Odubel Herrera vs. Dioner Navarro, Ryan Goins, Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia & Ezequiel Carrera
*Playing in AL park, so DH is in effect for this series.
R - Phillies 356 (27th tied) vs. Blue Jays 528 (1st)
AVG - Phillies .250 (22nd) vs. Blue Jays .262 (5th)
OPS - Phillies .673 (27th) vs. Blue Jays .772 (1st)
HR - Phillies 67 (29th) vs. Blue Jays 130 (3rd)
SB - Phillies 59 (11th tied) vs. Blue Jays 56 (13th tied)

Pitching:
SP1 - Adam Morgan vs. Felix Doubront
SP2 - Jerome Williams vs. RA Dickey
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Roberto Osuna
RP - Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez, Elvis Araujo & Hector Neris vs. LaTroy Hawkins, Liam Hendriks, Aaron Loup, Brett Cecil, Aaron Sanchez, Ryan Tepera & Bo Schultz
*Blue Jays just acquired Tulowitzski and Hawkins for Jose Reyes and prospects.  Someone from the bullpen will need to be demoted in order to make room on the 25-man roster.
ERA - Phillies 4.64 (29th) vs. Blue Jays 4.07 (23rd)
WHIP - Phillies 1.46 (29th) vs. Blue Jays 1.28 (18th)
K - Phillies 727 (18th) vs. Blue Jays 694 (26th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-139) vs. Blue Jays (+95)

What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Company - Double Trouble IPA. Thank goodness I finally had this beer. Amazing Imperial IPA. Beautiful floral bouquet aroma with hints of pine and citrus.  Nice lasting finish.  Some sweet syrup-esque flavors from the malts that leave a sticky mouthfeel.  Well balanced and easy drinking for a 9.4% ABV. Golden straw color with solid head retention and lacing. Added bonus- very cool bottle art, flipping the image upside down gives you a different perspective.  Availability: July - September.

RateBeer.com - 99

Commercial Description - An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish. 86 IBUs.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Cubs

Philadelphia Phillies (34-63) @ Chicago Cubs (51-43)
Game Times:
Friday & Saturday - 4:05
Sunday - 2:20

Batting & Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Kyle Schwarber
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Anthony Rizzo
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Addison Russell
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Starlin Castro
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Kris Bryant
LF - Cody Asche vs. Chris Coghlan
CF - Ben Revere vs. Dexter Fowler
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Jorge Soler
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruf & Odubel Herrera vs. David Ross, Taylor Teagarden, Jonathan Herrera & Chris Denorfia
R - Phillies 335 (28th) vs. Cubs 361 (24th)
AVG - Phillies .246 (23rd) vs. Cubs .239 (26th)
OPS - Phillies .662 (27th) vs. Cubs .688 (22nd)
HR - Phillies 63 (29th) vs. Cubs 81 (17th tied)
SB - Phillies 55 (13th tied) vs. Cubs 65 (6th)

Pitching:
SP1 - Jerome Williams vs. Jon Lester
SP2 - Cole Hamels vs. Jake Arrieta
SP3 - Aaron Nola vs. Jason Hammel
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Jason Motte
RP - Ken Giles, Jeanmar Gomez, Jake Diekman, Justin DeFratus, Luis Garcia, Elvis Araujo & Hector Neris vs. Justin Grimm, Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez, Hector Rondon, James Russell, Rafael Soriano & Yoervis Medina
ERA - Phillies 4.71 (29th) vs. Cubs 3.32 (5th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.48 (30th) vs. Cubs 1.17 (1st)
K - Phillies 699 (17th) vs. Cubs 814 (3rd)
Run Differential - Phillies (-152) vs. Cubs (+14)

What To Imbibe On:
Coronado Brewing Company - Nineteenth Anniversary. Coronado celebrating its 19th year of brewing tasty treats for the masses, and the sure knocked it out the park on this one. This beer is a must have for hop-heads.  It is the quintessential West Coast IPA.  Dank, big tropical fruit flavors and aromas, juicy, semi-sweet malt backdrop, It pours a brilliant golden orange with frothy head that entices you from first waft of the hops.  Truly a great beer, best I've had from Coronado yet.  This Imperial IPA registers in at 9% ABV with 80 IBU. It's brand new on the craft beer scene, but it has gotten rave review thus fa, 4.02 out of 5 stars on Untappd.

Commercial Description - We are always looking for opportunities to get creative around the brewhouse, and the celebration of another year of passionate brewing is the best opportunity we can think of. As such, we revel in the challenge of coming up with a new and interesting brew each year under our "Anniversary" label worthy of both paying homage to our past and the new year of brewing that lays ahead

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Aaron Nola- The Phuture

Aaron Nola's MLB Debut - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, and 1-2 at the plate.  He threw 59 of his 88 pitches for strikes (67%). Well done kid!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I Love the 90's

One of the 1990's relics has recently retired from Major League Baseball; Bruce Chen debuted with the Atlanta Braves back in 1998. He played a couple seasons with the Phillies back-in-the-day. In honor of Chen's career, WSBGMs is going to take a moment to reflect on MLB veterans still in the game that made their debut in the 90's.  It is something to celebrate, because like it or not, players don't last as long nowadays due to PED testing and suspensions.
*Stats through July 18th, 2015

Alex Rodriguez - Seattle Mariners - 1994: 2652 G, 1969 R, 3022 H, 532 DBL, 31 TRPL, 673 HR, 2021 RBI, 323 SB, .299/.941, 118.2 WAR.

LaTroy Hawkins - Minnesota Twins - 1995: 74-94, 1022 G, 1449 IP, 968 K, 126 SV, 4.32 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 17.4 WAR.

Bartolo Colon - Cleavland Indians - 1997: 213-149, 460 G, 2895.1 IP, 2189 K, 3.99 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 44.4 WAR.

Torii Hunter - Minnesota Twins - 1997: 2315 G, 1273 R, 2408 H, 491 DBL, 39 TRPL, 345 HR, 1359 RBI, 194 SB, .278/.797, 51.0 WAR.

David Ortiz - Minnesota Twins - 1997: 2193 G, 1299 R, 2229 H, 562 DBL, 18 TRPL, 481 HR, 1576 RBI, .282/.919, 47.6 WAR.

Carlos Beltran - Kansas City Royals - 1998: 2239 G, 1413 R, 2385 H, 487 DBL, 78 TRPL, 380 HR, 1406 RBI, 311 SB, .280/.844, 66.8 WAR.

Adrian Beltre - Los Angeles Dodgers - 1998: 2495 G, 1294 R, 2678 H, 542 DBL, 33 TRPL, 402 HR, 1407 RBI, 118 SB, .284/.812, 79.9 WAR.

AJ Pierzynski - Minnesota Twins - 1998: 1927 G, 780 R, 1932 H, 383 DBL, 24 TRPL, 183 HR, 867 RBI, .281/.744, 23.4 WAR.

Aramis Ramirez - Pittsburgh Pirates - 1998: 2135 G, 1078 R, 2251 H, 482 DBL, 23 TRPL, 380 HR, 1383 RBI, .284/.836, 32.7 WAR.

AJ Burnett - Florida Marlins - 1999: 162-153, 427 G, 2686.2 IP, 2470 K, 3.95 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 30.6 WAR.

Buddy Carlyle - Colorado Rocikes - 1999: 13-13, 150 G, 292.1 IP, 232 K, 5.14 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, -1.4 WAR.

Tim Hudson - Oakland Athletics - 1999: 219-131, 473 G, 3095.1 IP, 2065 K, 3.49 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 56.6 WAR.

Joe Nathan - San Francisco Giants - 1999: 62-34, 777 G, 917 IP, 967 K, 377 SV, 2.89 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 26.1 WAR.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Philly Ready to Welcome Aaron Nola

A huge part of the future for the Phillies will be making his MLB debut in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Aaron Nola has zipped through the minor leagues and is ready to test his mettle against fiercer foes. Blessed with pinpoint control and a headstrong mentality, the 22 year old right-handed 2014 1st round pick is poised for success.

Minor league stats: 14-7, 30 G, 29 GS, 164.2 IP, 28 BB, 137 K, 2.57 ERA, and a 1.06 WHIP.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Papelbon Loves Philly

Jonathan Papelbon wants to remain with the Philadelphia Phillies for life, here's proof.
Seriously, he's an elite closer, one of the best ever, but he's also an asshole that runs his mouth far too often. I'm 100% positive the Phillies have been trying to trade Papelbon since the offseason, but haven't found the right deal yet. As soon as the proper offer comes along his ass will be shippd outta town. Until then, he should STFU!