Saturday, 7:05 - Roy Halladay v. Joe Saunders
Sunday, 1:35 - Cliff Lee v. Trevor Cahill
Seriously, Rube couldn't find a taker for Joe Blanton? Sheesh.
UPDATE: Should Bintraded has just been traded. Blanton goes to the Dodgers for Player To Be Names Later or straight cash homey.
The Phils have called up BJ Rosenberg which means KK starts tonight.
Arizona has been mashing recently. Jason Kubel had 12 homers and 22 RBI in July. Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero each drove in 18. They acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from the Astros and he has 5 hits, including a grand slam, in his first three games. If Justin Upton and Chris Young ever start hitting again, this team could win the division as they are only two games back after sweeping the Dodgers this week.
Mike Zagurski is in the bullpen for Arizona, so that favors the Phillies. [Every time I see Zagurski's fat face, I think of former rotund Pirate starter Jimmy Anderson. During the fourth inning of every one of his starts, my Dad would always say, "Time for Anderson to tank it so he can get to the post-game buffett." And since Anderson never made it past the 5th inning, this seemed like a plausible explanation. And when he wasn't starting and the camera would catch him in the dugout, he'd always say, "I think there are bar-b-q sauces stains on his jersey." Good times.]
What I'm Drinking:
Dogfish Head Jin - This is the greatest gin I've ever had. They only use four botanicals - juniper, cucumber, coriander seeds and whole leaf hops. The juniper and cucumber give that classic gin flavor, but the hops really shine through. I've been drinking this stuff straight up, slightly chilled. A few cubes of ice could be used but this gin is so tasty and smooth, it would really be a shame to water it down at all.
What I'm Reading:
Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter. I'm not one to read books, not when there is sooooo much stuff on the internet that I haven't got too yet. But somebody left this lay on my kitchen table and I figured, "What the hell." And wouldn't you know, it wasn't that bad. It wasn't that good either. But if you find yourself sitting on a beach somewhere soon and need something to read, give it shot, especially if you like fiction that pretends to be non-fiction and you've already read that day's New York Times...