Philadelphia Phillies (72-71) @ Houston Astros (45-98)
Thursday, 8:05 - Rookie Cloyd vs. Astros Only Good Pitcher (Harrell)
Friday, 8:05 - OGP vs. Chuck Norris' Nephew
Saturday, 7:05 - KK The Great vs. Minor League Vet Edgar Gonzalez
Sunday, 2:05 - Doc vs. Dallas Sucks Kuechel
R - 510 (30th)
AVG - .237 (28th)
OPS - .670 (29th)
ERA - 4.65 (27th)
WHIP - 1.44 (29th)
This is a Quad-A team, not MLB. The Astros have very few players on their roster that belong in the Majors (Jose Altuve, Justin Maxwell, Brett Wallace, Lucas Harrell, Wilton Lopez, and Wesley Wright...that's it). They've traded away everything over the past 5 seasons and what is left is a steaming pile of poop.
What To Watch For:
Jimmy Rollins earning his paycheck. J-Roll is 16-for-51 since being benched for not hustling on August 30th, with 9 R, 9 RBI, 2 DBL, 4 HR, and 2 SB. He's a big part of this offense, and when he's going well, the team is also usually doing well.
Also, by the end of Friday night the Astros should suffer their 100th loss of the season.
What To Root For:
The Dodgers and Cardinals to split their series 2-2. Take a deep breath...the Mets to take at least 2 outta 3 from the Brewers (I know rooting for the Mutts is a tough pill to swallow). The Nationals to continue domination over the NL by taking at least 2 outta 3 from the Braves. The Pirates to continue their downward plummet. Oh, and for the Phillies to pull off a huge 4-game sweep of the Astros. I expect all of you to be sending good juju the Phils way while damning the others.
Weyerbacher's Merry Monks. This is a highly acclaimed beer. Michael Jackson, the world reknowned beer aficionado, not the dead King of Pop, says it is one of the best Abbey Tripels in the world. That's some serious respect. Weyerbacher, located in Easton, PA, describes the brew as "a Belgian Tripel without limitation. We use premium Pilsener malts, candi-sugar, and yeast strains- all imported from Belgium. To be true to the style, our Trippel is bottle conditioned. This means we add a bit of candi-sugar and yeast just prior to bottling. This imparts a special effervescence to the beer, a creamier carbonation, and also extends the shelf life. The on-going fermentation inside the bottle will change the character of the beer as it ages, and you'll find it becomes dryer with age. You may want to lay down a few bottles for future evaluation."
All I know is that this beer tastes fantastic, packs a nice punch with a 9.3% ABV, and makes you merry. Pair its merriment effectiveness with the Phillies chances at the playoffs and you're in for a good night. For those of you dabbling in craft brews, this is a great opportunity for you to try a new style that might just get you hooked on Belgians (or their American counterparts).