Tuesday, 7:05 - Cliff Lee v. Josh Beckett
Wednesday, 7:05 - Vance Worley v. John Lackey
Thursday, 1:05 - Cole Hamels v. Jon Lester
Runs - 409 (1st)
AVG - .277 (1st)
OBP - .352 (1st)
SLG - .447 (2nd)
Holy crap. Just look at those rankings. Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .361. He and Big Papi have combined for 33 home runs and 119 RBI. Then there's the usual suspects: Youkilis, Pedroia and Ellsbury. At least Carl Crawford is on the DL.
ERA - 3.97 (17th)
WHIP - 1.28 (8th)
BAA - .238 (5th)
Josh Beckett and Jon Lester are really good. The Phils likely won't get more than 2 runs in either game. The interesting pitcher for the Sox this week is John Lackey.
John Lackey is getting paid a bunch of money (~$15 million) to be real, real bad. In eleven starts this season, Lackey is 5-6 with a 7.36 ERA. He's giving up 10+ hits per nine innings and has a K/BB ratio of 1.46. Lackey's stats have progressively gotten worse since his terrific 2007 season. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they still owe him 3 1/2 years and over $50 million.
In the bullpen, setup man Daniel Bard is probably their best pitcher and possibly the future closer. But right now Jon Papelbon still gets the nod in the ninth inning. His fastball is slower and he gets hit a lot more as shown in his 3.90 ERA. With the Phillies closer situation up in the air due to Madson's numb hand, it could get interesting in the ninth inning for both teams in what should be a few close games.
Their Michael Martinez:
Darnell McDonald - The 32 year old has bounced around to multiple organizations since being drafted in the first round by the Orioles in 1997. Despite only 2 Major League homeruns prior to 2010, McDonald hit 9 with the Red Sox last season while hitting a respectable .270 and filling in at all three outfield positions. This season, things aren't going so well. In 46 games, he's hitting .109 with 1 homer and 3 RBI. His .330 OPS is more than 100 points lower than Michael Martinez. Ouch.
Honorable Mention - JD Drew and his .232 average.
What We're Drinking:
Corey - Troegs Sunshine Pils - My favorite summer session beer, after Miller Lite of course, is the Sunshine Pils. It's light and crisp like you would expect but with the kicked-up hops you get citrus notes and a faint bitterness not found in most German style pilsners. However, the hops are far from overpowering (which I'm sure is a disappointment to the hop heads...) and as a result this becomes a beer that can be enjoyed for many hours on long hot summer night.
Carson - Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat. Father-in-law picked me up a 12-pack of this delicious brew when he was in Missouri last month. It's a great summer beer with a citrus aroma and flavor, that refreshes the palate rather than sit heavy on it. Also, the bestselling craft beer in the Midwest.
The Phils haven't done well against the Red Sox recently. Two of three for the bad guys.