Tuesday, 7:05 -The Vanimal v. Chris Young
Wednesday, 7:05 - King Cole v. Matt Harvey
Thursday, 1:05 - Oh no, it's KK v. Jon Niese
What To Watch For:
Tuesday - Want to play a drinking game? Here's a good one: drink every time T-Mac or Wheels make a comment about Chris Young's height and how it relates to his pitching style. They love talking about how he's an "intimidating presence" and how he strides so far he's "right on top of the hitter." They love how he throws "downhill" and yada, yada, yada. But more than anything, Wheels loves busting out the science to show us all how his fastball "looks faster" and the batter's reaction time is less because of his stride length. So, chug your entire drink if Wheels says any variation of, "He throws 88, but it looks like 93." You'll be drunk by the second inning.
Wednesday - The Phillies don't have much going for them, and the Mets are falling fast, so this game is about as unimportant as the rest in this series. But luckily for T-Mac and Wheels the Mets will start rookie Matt Harvey. Since they, and us fans, haven't seen Harvey yet, they can spend 5 or 6 innings describing his rise to the majors and Wheels can give a different scouting report every inning based on what he saw the previous inning. Most of the stuff he says will contradict the stuff he said the previous inning, but that's okay because he can't remember what he says any better than we can. Also, look for Cole Hamels Cy Young references.
Thursday - Don't watch this game unless you can stomach the verbal-fellating Wheels is going to give KK. Luckily for most of us we'll have to follow on the 'net because it's a 1:05 start. Phew, that was a close one...
What I'm Drinking:
Knob Creek Bourbon - While I like and appreciate the trendy "full flavored" microbrewed beers, I'm in no way a "beer snob." I often prefer to drink cheap beer. I love Miller Lite and Natty Bo. But when it comes to liquor, I'm pretty darn snobby. I don't "mix" my liquor with anything but ice, water or club soda so if it tastes like garbage straight, I won't drink it. Jim Beam falls under this category. It's crap. It's mass produced, over-marketed swill. But Beam Inc. does make some good bourbon. Basil Hayden's is my favorite Beam "small batch" but the much cheaper Knob Creek does the job just fine. The taste? I don't know. I'm not that sophisticated. But it's good. Go get some.