Phillies (0-0) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0)
Thursday, 1:35 - Roy Halladay v. Erik Bedard
Saturday, 7:05 - Cliff Lee v. Jeff Karstens
Sunday, 1:35 - Vance Worley v. James McDonald
Their Michael Martinez:
Pedro Alvarez - The second overall pick in 2008 is a complete train wreck. He hit .191 with a whopping .561 OPS last season and so far this spring, things don't look much better. He's already struck out 20 times and is hitting about .160. General manager Neal Huntington said two days ago that Alvarez will not be sent down to AAA to start the season. That's good new for the Phillies...
Their Danys Baez:
Last year's bullpen workhorse Daniel McCutchen was absolutely brutal this spring, giving up 14 runs in 11 innings. So he's been sent down to the minors. The rest of the bullpen doesn't seem to have another Baez
Their JD Drew:
Rod Barajas - Carson called him a "fat lazy dog." Brett Myers' arm wrote him a letter. And we all still hate Rod Barajas.
What We're Drinking:
Corey - Blackmaker Root Beer Liqueur - When you mix this 70 proof liqueur with club soda, you get... well, root beer that gives you a buzz. If you think you could just poor vodka into a Barq's, you're wrong. It's not the same. This drink is delicious and refreshing and just perfect for sitting on your deck listening to the Phils on the radio on a warm Sunday afternoon.
Carson - Yard's Beers of the Revolution. General Washington's Tavern Porter, Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale, and Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale. They are all very tasty, but I highly recommend the spruce ale if you're in the mood for something unique and fantastic.
What We're Listening To:
Corey - Son Volt. One of two bands that emerged from the breakup of alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt is much less popular and acclaimed that the other (Wilco) buth they are my personal choice. Their latest release is "American Central Dust," released in 2009. However, their best album might be "Trace," released waaaaaay back in 1995.
Carson - Machester Orechstra's "Virgin". Can't get this song out of my head!
Magic Number Watch:
The Pirates, no matter how bad they are, seems to buck up and play the Phillies well. And the Phils may not be able to score many runs. But I can't see the Phils losing a series when the Big Three all make starts. So, Phils take two in Pittsburgh.