Monday, August 20, 2012

Series Preview - Reds

Monday, 7:05 - Roy Halladay v. Mike Leake
Tuesday, 7:05 -Cliff Lee v. Homer Bailey
Wednesday, 7:05 - The Vanimal v. Bronson Arroyo
Thursday, 7:05 - Cole Hamels v. John Cueto

Reds Batting:

- Jay Bruce is .406-4-9 in his last 8 games
- Scott Rolen is hitting .387 in August  but because of new/old back problems, should only play in two or three games this series. 
- Joey Votto has been out of the lineup since the middle of July and isn't expected back for this series.

Reds Pitching:
- Aroldis Chapman still throws 100 MPH and has a 1.37 ERA with 29 saves. They signed Ryan Madson to close why?
- After Cueto and Matt Latos (who won't pitch this series), the strength of the staff lies in the bullpen. Chapman, Alfredo Simon, Logan Ondrusek, Jose Arredondo, JJ Hoover, Sam LeCure and Sean Marshall all have ERAs under 3.25. Basically, the Phils have to score in the first 6 innings...

What We're Drinking:
Weyerbacher's Last Chance IPA - Fans of American IPAs will not be disappointed by this offering from from the Easton brewery. On their website, they describe Last Chance as a "full-flavored hop assault delightfully lacking in balance" because of it's hop domination. I had a few of these yesterday while I was watching KK mow down the Brewers (yeah, that happened...) and while this beer is definitely hop heavy, I found it more enjoyable than other similar styled beers. For me, most hop prominent beers are "one and done" before I move on to ales, pilsners or "yellow fizzies." Typically they are high in alcohol and the significant bitterness becomes off-putting after one or two. But Last Chance is only 5.9% ABV, while potent, is not intolerable when drank at a reasonable pace. And frankly, I didn't find the hop bitterness to be overwhelming. I did find that I enjoyed the beer more chilled but not ice cold. Five to ten minutes on the bar top before opening makes Last Chance perfect.

And if the Last Chance doesn't already sound good, consider that a portion of the proceeds from all sales of Last Chance go to local animal shelters. The beer was only released a few months ago but Weyerbacher has already donated over $6000 to shelters in Easton, Boyertown and Whitehall. Have a glass, make a difference!

Phils split. They have the advantage in the matchups the first two games, but given Lee's luck, they'll probably lose that one...


Aaron said...

We tore our Achillies
We suspended Tyson Gillies
So open your wallet and come see the Phillies.

GM-Carson said...

I enjoyed Weyerbacher's Last Chance IPA. Deep yellow with an orange hue and nice sticky white lacing as you drink. Citrus notes in the aroma and gently spicy/piney taste to it. Liked this beer a lot. has it rated at a 71, and I've found anything with a 50 or above score on there is usually a solid brew.

I love that some of the proceeds go to animal shelters too. Chase Utley would be so proud!

GM-Carson said...

I feel like an idiot. I finally just looked at the Last Chance IPA logo closer and noticed the hops are arranged in the shape of a dog's paw.

SirAlden said...


Beer-a-Thon said...

The Pirates just designated Juan Cruz for assigment. He has a 2.78 ERA over 43 appearances. He's be the Phils 2nd best pitcher in the bullpen.

Beer-a-Thon said...

J-Stroll has popped out to the infield 57 times this year.

That's horrendous.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Erik Kratz is awesome. 2013 backup catcher to Chooch.

Bob D said...

Kratz is awesome.

Bob D said...

Why spend 15million a year on Bourn for five years when the team has Juan Pierre ?
One to two years a few million and he can play Of. has speed and can hit.

Bourn is like Rollins speed and low OBP. Pops up alot. Pierre high OBP.

I feel they need a power Of bat to be added

Beer-a-Thon said...

The more I read about Bourn, the more I don't want him. He's past 30, so he'll be slowing down with every passing year, and it's not like he does anything else all that well.

I honestly wouldn't mind Juan Pierre batting leadoff and starting in LF next year if the Phils got a good 3rd baseman and another outfielder this offseason.

Ben said...

Hey, we caught the Mets! Mostly because they imploded rather than we played well, but hey, I'll take it.

Anonymous said...

Fact or fiction: The Phillies' baseball woes this season can primarily be blamed on poor pitching (the bullpen, Lee, injured Doc) rather than lack of offense.

I say fact. If Halladay and Lee picthed like they did last season THIS season, we would be in contention.

GM-Carson said...

I think the injuries to Utley and Howard were a big part of it too though. Phils offense is still near the bottom.

Bob D said...

It was a group effort
Bright spots: Hamels, Papelbon, Ruiz, Pierre.
All others under achieved