Phillies (5-7) at San Diego Padres (3-10)
Thursday, 10:05 - Vance Worley v. Joe Wieland
Friday, 10:05 - Cole Hamels v. Edinson Volquez
Saturday, 8:35 - Roy Halladay v. Cory Luebke
Sunday, 4:05 - Joe Blanton v. Anthony Bass
Runs - 48 (20th)
Avg - .217 (27th)
Slug - .340 (25th)
This is a pretty sad bunch of hitters. Third baseman Chase Headley is having a nice season (.283-4-12) but after that, it gets pretty sketchy. Nick Hundley, Cameron Maybin, Jesus Guzman, Jason Bartlett and Orlando Hudson all have at least 39 at-bats and are all hitting below the .200. Add Yonder Alonzo's .225 and you have the majority of the lineup hitting well below what most would consider respectable.
ERA - 4.07 (18th)
WHIP - 1.36 (18th)
BAA - .231 (7th)
Joe Wieland will only be making his second career start. The Padres got him from the Rangers for Mike Adams last July and Wieland had a great minor league season. He pitched A, AA, and AAA with totals of 13-4, 1.97.
Anthony Bass was a starter throughout his trip up the minors posting a career minor league ERA of 3.01. He pitched out of the bullpen last season with success (1.68 ERA). This will be his 6th career major league start.
The other two starters you should already know...
Their Freddy Galvis:
There's no more 'O' left in the ol' O-Dog. The "nO-Dog" is well below the 'Sandoval Line,' currently hitting only .128.
Their Danys Baez:
Their least successful reliever so far has been Brad Bach. He's given up three runs in only five innings.
Their JD Drew:
I like the Padres. I'm going to give them a pass on "playa hatin'" today, especially since Edinson Volquez cut that awful hair.
What I'm Drinking:
Corey - Stone Cali-Belgique IPA -Stone has a brewery just north of San Diego in Escondido, CA. If you ever have the chance, get there. They do brewery tours every few hours and there is a great indoor bar and outdoor eating area with really good food. The Cali-Belgique is my favorite Stone beer and probably one of my favorite beers across all categories.
What I'm Listening To:
Corey - The Steve Czaban Show podcasts from Yahoo!!!!!. Sport talk radio generally sucks, but FM radio only plays country music, classic rock and Lady Gaga and I can only listen to "talk radio" for a short time before my head explodes in anger. Thankfully, there's Steve Czaban. Greatest freaking sports radio show out there. Period. Lock it up. He's on from 6-10 but the podcasts are up that morning, split into easily digestible thirty minutes segments.
Magic Number Watch:
The Phils are not in first place. :(
The Phils score only 7 runs the whole series but still win 2 games.