Thursday, September 13, 2012

Seires Preview- Get Ready Houston

Philadelphia Phillies (72-71) @ Houston Astros (45-98)

Pitching Matchups:
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

Neil Armstrong Wannabes Stats:
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.

What To Drink:
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).

26 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I like Erik Kratz.

GM-Carson said...

I like Juan Pierre.

Ben said...

I like the Philadelphia Phillies. I also like Ed Wade for fucking the Astros up so bad. Too bad they'll be in the other league next year.

SirAlden said...

I like Ike.

Told you they would get to this point.

"Oh Yea! Of Little Faith!"

GM-Carson said...

I dislike the Astros bandbox stadium. Popups to LF go for HR. BS.

GM-Carson said...

Seems like BJ Rosenberg is settling in. His ERA is still inflated, just shows how bad he was when he first came up.

Phils better hold on to this one. Harrell is their best pitcher by far and touching him for 4 so far is decent.

Aaron said...

Charlie Manual is a fucking IDIOT!!!!!!!!
How many days in a row has Aumont pitched now?????
Defratus has been good and he has a fresh arm...Aumont clearly looked gassed from the first hitter he faced!
If the Astros score in the 8th i am going to assasinate uncle Cholly!!!!!

Chase Trillo said...

Why the fuck would you bring in Diekman here?! Do you want to win the game or not?!

Chase Trillo said...

You suck Diekman!!

You suck even more Manuel!!

GM-Carson said...

This loss is on Manuel. Aumont can't pitch everyday. Diekman is so erratic. Dammit this loss is going to hurt big time. Stupid Charlie!

GM-Carson said...

Of course Howard can't finish a pickoff. He is a misplaced DH.

AARON said...

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!!
CHARLIE THEN GOES TO DIEKMAN TO FACE THREE STRAIGHT RIGHT HANDED HITTERS WITH DEFRATUS AND PAP IN THE PEN!!!!?????????????

I CANNOT WATCH CHARLIE MANAGE ANYMORE!!! HE HAS LOST PROBABLY 10 GAMES THIS YEAR JUST BY BEING AN IDIOT!!!

AARON said...

Seriously.....this is it.....every game they play is a playoff game. With 2 on and 2 outs in the eigth inning of a 1 run game...you have to go to paplebon........NOT JAKE FUCKING DIEKMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ARE YOU WATCHING RUBE!!!!!!!??????
CHARLIE HAS GOT TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chase Trillo said...

Send Manuel to the home! He has clearly lost it! There is no way Diekman should have been brought into a 1 run game, unless he were the last option! Where the hell was De Fratus or Papelbon?!

GM-Carson said...

Charlie has been horrible this. Amado already assuring him that he'll be back next year pisses me off
I give him credit for not giving up on the season, but his lineup and bullpen management has been atrocious.

AARON said...

Time to give Ruf a shot here in the 9th.

Chase Trillo said...

Chalrie probably forgets Ruf is even on the team...

GM-Carson said...

How can Mayberry just stand there with the bat on his shoulder watching strike 3 go by?

Chase Trillo said...

I was thinking the same thing with regard to Mayberry...

Chase Trillo said...

Sure Diekman threw the pitches and is inconsistent as hell, but this one is on you Manuel!!!!

GM-Carson said...

Congrats Charlie. Way eff up all the positive momentum. Idiot.

Bob D said...

Lets just get it back. 18 to play and I figure can only lose two games from here on out.

GM-Carson said...

Losing that game was very bad. They were up 4-0 on a horrible Astros team and the offense choked and Manuel blew it with terrible bullpen management. Aumont has been great, but he's riding him too much.

Aaron said...

Even if he wanted a lefty why would he not use Horst?
How about starting the inning with a fresh armed Defratus?
With 2 outs how about going to your $50 mil closer???
Charlie sucks.

Anonymous said...

I go to school in Easton and I've been to the Weyerbacher brewery. It's fantastic, one of my faves. Excellent choice.

Bob D said...

Well a 1-3 weekend really hurts. Now they need a fifteen game win streak