Monday, July 06, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Dodgers

Philadelphia Phillies (28-56, 5th) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (46-37, 1st)
Game Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - 10:10

Batting/Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Yasmani Grandal
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Adrian Gonzalez
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Howie Kendrick
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Jimmy Rollins
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Justin Turner
LF - Cody Asche vs. Andre Ethier
CF - Ben Revere vs. Joc Pederson
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Yasiel Puig
Bench - Jeff Francoeur, Odubel Herrera, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruf & Cameron Rupp vs. AJ Ellis, Alberto Callaspo, Enrique Hernandez, Alex Guerrero & Scott VanSlyke
R - Phillies 285 (28th) vs. Dodgers 345 (13th)
AVG - Phillies .246 (23rd) vs. Dodgers .252 (16th)
OPS - Phillies .659 (28th) vs. Dodgers .757 (3rd)
HR - Phillies 52 (29th) vs. Dodgers 104 (4th)
SB - Phillies 49 (12th) vs. Dodgers 17 (30th)

Pitching:
SP1 - Sean O'Sullivan vs. Eric Surkamp
SP2 - Chad Billingsley vs. Brett Anderson
SP3 - Adam Morgan vs. Clayton Kershaw
SP4 - Kevin Correia vs. Zack Greinke
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Kenley Jansen
RP - Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez & Elvis Araujo vs. Pedro Baez, Daniel Coulombe, Yimi Garcia, JP Howell, Adam Liberatore, Juan Nicasio & Joel Peralta
ERA - Phillies 4.60 (29th) vs. Dodgers 3.30 (3rd)
WHIP - Phillies 1.47 (29th) vs. Dodgers 1.20 (5th)
K - Phillies 611 (18th) vs. Dodgers 720 (2nd)
Run Differential - Phillies (-133) vs. Dodgers (+57)

Sunday, July 05, 2015

100 Losses, Here We Come!

Philadelphia Phillies current record: 27-56
Philadelphia Phillies projected record: 52-110

Friday, July 03, 2015

Series Showdown: Philly versus Atlanta

Philadelphia Phillies (27-54) @ Atlanta Braves (38-41)
Game Times:
Friday - 7:35
Saturday - 7:15
Sunday - 1:35

Batting & Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. AJ Pierzynski
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Kelly Johnson
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Jace Peterson
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Andrelton Simmons
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Juan Uribe
LF - Cody Asche vs. Eury Perez
CF - Ben Revere vs. Cameron Maybin
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Nick Markakis
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco & Odubel Herrera vs. Ryan Lavarnway, Pedro Ciriaco, Chris Johnson, Jonny Gomes & Joey Terdoslavich
R - Phillies 275 (28th) vs. Braves 311 (21st tied)
AVG - Phillies .244 (22nd) vs. Braves .255 (13th)
OPS - Phillies .655 (28th) vs. Braves .681 (25th)
HR - Phillies 50 (29th) vs. Braves 47 (30th)
SB - Phillies 46 (12th) vs. Braves 39 (16th)

Pitching:
SP1 - Adam Morgan vs. Julio Teheran
SP2 - Kevin Correia vs. Alex Wood
SP3 - Cole Hamels vs. Shelby Miller
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Jason Grilli
RP - Justin DeFratus, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez & Elvis Araujo vs. Jim Johnson, Nick Masset, David Aardsma, Luis Avilan, Jake Brigham & Dana Eveland
ERA - Phillies 4.63 (29th) vs. Braves 3.96 (19th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.48 (30th) vs. Braves 1.34 (25th)
K - Phillies 590 (17th) vs. Braves 567 (21st)
Run Differential - Phillies (-132) vs. Braves (-28)

What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Co.- Curmudgeon Old Ale. Vermilion reddish orange pour. An intensely complex beer with a rich, sweet malt profile. Alcohol is evident, gives an embracing warmth. Fair amount of bitterness, but it melds well with the sweetness of the malts. Flavors of molasses, caramel, butterscotch, candied sugar, hop spice essence, faint raisin, toffee, woody (oak). Lovely array of flavors smoothing over your palate with a loving finish. One of the best Founder’s beers I’ve had, and I’ve had a lot, and a lot have been very good, so that ’s saying something.

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Commercial Description- This Old Ale conjures up thoughts of classic sea fairing ports, there local pubs and the weathered fisherman that frequent them. In traditional style Curmudgeon is brewed with an intense focus on the malt bill creating a very strong, rich, malty characteristic and a sweetness indicative of its cousin the barleywine. We are especially proud of the balance in this beer making it deceptively smooth and drinkable at 9.8% alcohol by volume.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

And Your Official Phillies Manager Is...

When Ryne Sandberg quit managing the Phillies, Pete Mackanin was there to pick up the reins.  He, like Sandberg, has been dealt the shittiest hand imaginable, but for the remainder of the 2015 season, Mackanin will be sitting on his throne in the Phils dugout calling the shots.  Honestly, there's not much he can do to fix what's going on in Philadelphia.  He can play the young guys, use the bullpen better, and hope he doesn't get canned come October. Good luck with that Pete.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers (29-48, 5th) @ Philadelphia Phillies (27-50, 5th)
Game Times:
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - 7:05
Thursday - 6:35

Hitting & Fielding:
C - Jonathan Lucroy vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Adam Lind vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Scooter Gennett vs. Cesar Hernandez
SS - Jean Segura vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Aramis Ramirez vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Gerardo Parra vs. Cody Asche
CF - Carlos Gomez vs. Ben Revere
RF - Ryan Braun vs. Domonic Brown
Bench - Martin Maldonado, Hector Gomez, Hernan Perez, Jason Rogers & Shane Peterson vs. Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco, Jeff Francoeur & Odubel Herrera
R - Brewers 283 (24th) vs. Phillies 256 (29th)
AVG - Brewers .238 (28th) vs. Phillies .242 (24th)
OPS - Brewers .670 (24th) vs. Phillies .650 (30th)
HR - Brewers 68 (15th tied) vs. Phillies 48 (29th)
SB - Brewers vs. Phillies

Pitching:
SP1 - Jimmy Nelson vs. Sean O'Sullivan
SP2 - Taylor Jungmann vs. Cole Hamels
SP3 - Kyle Lohse vs. Aaron Harang
SP4 - Matt Garza vs. Undecided
CL - Francisco Rodriguez vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Michael Blazek, Jonathan Broxton, Corey Knebel, Neal Cotts, Jeremy Jeffress & Will Smith vs. Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez & Elvis Araujo
ERA - Brewers 4.36 (27th) vs. Phillies 4.53 (29th)
WHIP - Brewers 1.35 (25th) vs. Phillies 1.46 (29th)
K - Brewers 606 (9th) vs. Phillies 564 (17th tied)
Run Differential - Brewers (-80) vs. Phillies (-123)

What To Imbibe On:
Weyerbacher Brewing Company's - Tarte Nouveau.  IPAs used to be all the rage in craft beer circles, now every brewery churns at least one out.  The new in vogue style is wild ales/sours.  Weyerbacher has been producing them for years now, and doing it very well might I add.  The term "sour" might be off-putting to some, but I assure you, it's well worth the adventure.  Tarte Nouveau is the perfect sour to start with, as it's not overly mouth-puckering or fruity.  It's the ideal beer for summer with a refreshing tartness, low ABV (only 3.9%), notes of lemon, apple, and apricots, wheat, vinegar, light earthiness, soft carbonation, and no hop bitterness (see, I'm not just a Hop Head). It gets its sourness from  lactobacillus added in the mash kettle and pours a pale yellow with fluffy white head.  Go get some!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

Series Showdown: Philly versus DC

Washington Nationals (40-33, 1st) @ Philadelphia Phillies (26-48, 5th)
Game Times:
Friday, 7:05
Saturday, 3:05
Sunday, 1:35

Hitting/Fielding:
C - Wilson Ramos vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Clint Robinson vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Anthony Rendon vs. Cesar Hernandez
SS - Ian Desmond vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Yunel Escobar vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Michael Taylor vs. Cody Asche
CF - Denard Span vs. Ben Revere
RF - Bryce Harper vs. Domonic Brown
Bench - Danny Espinosa, Jose Lobaton, Tyler Moore, Matt den Dekker & Dan Uggla vs. Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco, Jeff Francoeur & Odubel Herrera
R - Nationals 323 (8th) vs. Phillies 244 (30th)
AVG - Nationals .259 (10th) vs. Phillies .241 (25th)
OPS - Nationals .731 (10th) vs. Phillies .650 (29th)
HR - Nationals 75 (8th) vs. Phillies 46 (29th)
SB - Nationals 24 (26th) vs. Phillies 38 (15th tied)

Pitching:
SP1 - Max Scherzer vs. Aaron Harang
SP2 - Gio Gonzalez vs. Adam Morgan
SP3 - Stephen Strasburg vs. Kevin Correia
CL - Drew Storen vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP -  David Carpenter, Casey Janssen, Felipe Rivero, Tanner Roark, Matt Thornton & Blake Treinen vs. Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin DeFratus, Elvis Araujo, Jeanmar Gomez & Luis Garcia
ERA - Nationals 3.69 (10th) vs. Phillies 4.58 (29th)
WHIP - Nationals 1.28 (14th) vs. Phillies 1.46 (29th)
K - Nationals 576 (13th) vs. Phillies 536 (18th)
Run Differential - Nationals (+28) vs. Phillies (-122)