Friday, April 24, 2015

Showdown- Phillies versus Braves

Atlanta Braves (8-7) @ Philadelphia Phillies (5-11)
Game Times:
Friday, 7:05
Saturday, 7:05
Sunday, 1:35

Comparing Offenses:
C - Christian Bethancourt vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Freddie Freeman vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Alberto Callaspo vs. Chase Utley
SS - Andrelton Simmons vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Chris Johnson vs. Cody Asche
LF - Kelly Johnson vs. Ben Revere
CF - Eric Young Jr. vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Nick Markakis vs. Jeff Francoeur
Bench - AJ Pierzynski, Jace Peterson, Cameron Maybin, Phil Gosselin & Jonny Gomes vs. Cameron Rupp, Andres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez, Grady Sizemore & Darin Ruf
Runs - Braves 60 (20th) vs. Phillies 41 (30th)
AVG - Braves .240 (17th) vs. Phillies .213 (30th)
OPS - Braves .694 (13th) vs. Phillies .593 (30th)

Comparing Pitching Staffs:
SP1 - Alex Wood vs. Aaron Harang
SP2 - Shelby Miller vs. David Buchanan
SP3 - Trevor Cahill vs. Jerome Williams
CL - Jason Grilli vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Sugar Ray Marimon, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Cody Martin, Brandon Conniff & Ian Thomas vs. Justin DeFratus, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Hector Neris, Jeanmar Gomez & Luis Garcia
ERA - Braves 3.89 (14th) vs. Phillies 3.99 (16th)
WHIP - Braves 1.33 (19th) vs. Phillies 1.48 (29th)

What To Imbibe On:
Deschutes Brewery- Black Butte Porter.  The quintessential porter, with just enough bitterness to help balance the roasted malt notes, semi-creamy head, and cocoa sweetness.  Low enough ABV (5.2%) to drink multiples.  It has many characteristics of a stout, but isn't as chewy/thick, leaving you with that full feeling.  Let it warm up a bit to thoroughly enjoy.  Good stuff.

Commercial Description- With a dark beer as our first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors. - 97

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ryan Howard with The Howard for the Win

The Howard- when a player strikes out, commits an error, and hits a homerun all within the same game.  Lovingly named after the Philadelphia Phillies slugger, Ryan Howard.

Ryan Howard won yesterday's game for the Phillies.  How?  By committing his first Howard of the season, which essentially guarantees a victory for the good guys.  Howard may not connect for many homeruns anymore, but when he does, he makes them count when it comes to The Howard. It was his first longball of the year, and first error as well.

Other Stuff:
*Jonathan Papelbon has been nearly perfect this season.  Upping trade value?  6 innings, 6 strikeouts, no walks, no runs, and only 1 hit.  That's a 0.00 ERA and 0.16 WHIP.

*After watching Odubel Herrera more, I think the Phillies did well picking him up for essentially nothing in terms of today's baseball economics (only cost $100K).  He makes consistent contact, is young and athletic, has some speed, and at least has doubles power.  Not a star, but if he can hold his average around .285, he has worth.

*I'm still not sold on Freddy Galvis being a good hitter, but he's doing well in the early going (.319/.831).

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Showdown- Phillies versus Marlins

Miami Marlins (3-10) @ Philadelphia Phillies (4-9)
Pitching Matchups:
Tuesday, 7:05 - Dan Haren vs. Jerome Williams
Wednesday, 7:05 - Jarred Cosart vs. Cole Hamels
Thursday, 1:05 - David Phelps vs. Sean O'Sullivan

Comparing Offenses:
C - Jarrod Saltalamacchia vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Michael Morse vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Dee Gordon vs. Chase Utley
SS - Adeiny Hechavarria vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Martin Prado vs. Cody Asche
LF - Christian Yelich vs. Ben Revere
CF - Marcell Ozuna vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Giancarlo Stanton vs. Jeff Francoeur
Bench - JT Realmuto, Jeff Baker, Donovan Solano, Reid Brignac & Ichiro Suzuki vs. Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez & Grady Sizemore
Total: Marlins 8 - Phillies 1

Comparing Pitching Staffs:
SP1 - Haren vs. Williams
SP2 - Cosart vs. Hamels
SP3 - Phelps vs. O'Sullivan
CL - Steve Cishek vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - AJ Ramos, Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris, Sam Dyson, Brad Hand & Jose Urena vs. Justin DeFratus, Luis Garcia, Jake Diekman, Dustin McGowan, Jeanmar Gomez & Ken Giles 
Total: Marlins 2 - Phillies 3

What To Imbibe On:
Ayinger's Celebrator Doppelbock - Best doppelbock I've ever tasted.  Slight bitter hoppiness that is counterbalanced by an array of malts that delight the palate. A slight booziness to it, that surprised me given its moderate ABV (6.7%). Liked the smokiness that comes through with the lingering full mouth feel. Loved it! Added bonus, comes with a goat charm on the bottle (goat is the beer symbol for a bock).

Commercial Description- Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a year’s aging. Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the various malts, the alcohol and the subtle hops. A complex fruitiness of roasted malt and whole hop flowers make Celebrator great as a party drink with friends and family at celebrations. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish. - 100 (top rated Doppelbock in the world)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stat Check

WSBGMs here with our mandated dose of gloom and doom...

R - 26 (27th tied)
AVG - .213 (28th)
OBP - .274 (26th)
SLG - .314 (29th)
OPS - .589 (29th)
HR - 6 (25th tied)
DLB - 13 (20th tied)
BB - 28 (17th tied)
K - 87 (21st tied)
SB - 4 (19th tied)

ERA - 4.13 (20th)
WHIP - 1.44 (28th)
K - 79 (15th)
BB - 47 (30th)
K/BB - 1.68 (30th)
OPS - .742 (20th)
HR - 15 (29th)

The much ballyhooed relief corps has the worst WHIP in baseball (1.60). Allowing 24 walks in 35 innings is a large part of that.

As you can plainly see, this team is terrible.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thank You Captain Obvious

The Phillies have scored 24 runs in 10 games.  For you Stephen Hawking like geniuses out there, that's 2.4 runs per game.  I honestly think they'll set records for phutility.  See what I did there?

Despite all my bitching, I love the Phils.  Always have, always will.  I'm not delusional though.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Phans, Get Used To It...

On Sunday the Phillies had a winning record of 3-2, but have dropped 3 straight to fall to 3-5.  Get used to losing Phans, it's here to stay for at least a couple more seasons.

*David Buchanan was awesome in Spring Training, but is floundering in the early going.  The kid is better than this, and the Phils have plenty of time to wait out this rough patch.

*Is the Odubel Herrera experiment worthy of an entire season?  Looks entirely outmatched.

*Nice to see Chase Utley's bat finally show up for the 2015 season.

*Ryan Howard sucks.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Showdown- Phillies versus Mets

Philadelphia Phillies (3-3) @ New York Mets (3-3)
Pitching Matchups:
Monday, 1:10 - Aaron Harang vs. Jacob deGrom
Tuesday, 7:10 - David Buchanan vs. Matt Harvey
Wednesday, 7:10 - Jerome Williams vs. Jonathan Niese

Comparing Offenses: 
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Travis d'Arnaud
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Lucas Duda
2B - Chase Utley vs. Daniel Murphy
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Wilmer Flores
3B - Cody Asche vs. David Wright
LF - Ben Revere vs. Michael Cuddyer
CF - Odubel Herrera vs. Juan Legares 
RF - Grady Sizemore vs. Curtis Granderson
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruff & Cesar Hernandez vs. Anthony Recker, John Mayberry Jr., Matt Reynolds, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada & Eric Campbell
Final Count: Mets 7 - Phillies 2

Comparing Pitching Staffs: 
SP1 - Harang vs. deGrom
SP2 - Buchanan vs. Harvey
SP3 - Williams vs. Niese
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Jeurys Familia
RP - Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin deFratus, Dustin McGowan, Luis Garcia & Jeanmar Gomez vs. Carlos Torres, Rafael Montero, Alex Torres, Buddy Carlyle & Jerry Blevins
Final Count: Mets 3 - Phillies 2

What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Co.'s year-round hopped-up lineup (All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, and Pale Ale).

All Day IPA- This is possibly the best session IPA on the market, ranks right up there with Lagunitas DayTime. Super easy drinking, disappears quickly. Light mouthfeel, nice blend of malt and hops, moderate bitterness. Good stuff. The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatic and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.
RateBeer- 96

Centennial IPA- In love with this IPA, wish I had an entire case. Burnt orange in color, thin white head. Big hop aroma and that takes over the mouth and tongue. Great stuff! Selected as a benchmark for the Beer Judge Certification Program used in all American based beer judgings. Centennial IPA has quickly become the IPA of choice. Pour yourself a pint of this complex flavorful ale and bask in the frothy head’s floral bouquet. Relish the immense citrus accents, achieved by the abundance of dry hopping. This ale’s sweet, malty undertones balance the hop character with a finish that never turns too bitter.
RateBeer- 99

Pale Ale- The hops are definitely flowery in this beer. Taste has slight sweetness with a crisp hop bite to it, not much though. Yellowish orange in color with thin head and some lacing. A testament to Cascade hops in a bottle. This medium-bodied pale ale has a distinctive floral hop aroma and refreshing citrus flavor. You’ll notice a slight malty sweetness with a balanced hop finish. Perfect to enjoy anytime, anywhere.
RateBeer- 86