Monday, September 10, 2012

Series Preview- Miracle at Broad & Pattison

Miami Marlins (63-78) @ Philadelphia Phillies (69-71)

Pitching Matchups:
Monday, 7:05 Stand in White Water (aka- Wade LeBlanc) vs. KK
Tuesday, 7:05 Nate Eovaldi vs. Doc
Wednesday, 4:05 JJ vs. Unluck-Lee

The Guppies Stats:
R - 547 (27th)
AVG - .246 (21st)
OPS - .698 (25th)
ERA - 4.14 (21st)
WHIP - 1.35 (22nd)

Mike Giancarlo Stanton is a beast, but the rest of the lineup is largely bleh.  Their rotation and bullpen isn't much of anything either.  A sweep for the Phils is written in the stars.

What To Watch For:
Darin Ruf's Phillies debut.  Hopefully it comes tonight in the form of a start in LF.  Who knows, maybe DMX will be there to promote his new CD and recruit members for Darin's fan group- Ruf Ryders. Stop, drop, shut 'em down, open up shop.  Oh, no!  That's how Ruf Ryders roll. That's gangsta son!
What We're Drinking:
Oskar Blues- Dale's Pale Ale.  These guys make it cool to drink beer outta the can.  This brew has some accolades as well- named top Pale Ale in America by the New York Times and won the gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Championships.   They describe it as- "America’s first hand-canned craft beer is a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish. First canned in 2002, Dale’s Pale Ale is a hearty (6.5% and 65 IBUs), critically acclaimed trailblazer that has changed the way craft beer fiends perceive canned beer."  My take- pure awesomeness enclosed in aluminum.  I'm an IPA fan and although this is merely a pale ale, it delivers on the full hop experience (aroma and taste).  Ratebeer.com scores it a 98, which means it is fan-freakin-tastic!  Go get some.  BTW- if you really want some and you're at the game, I've been informed that you can quench your thirst by visiting one of the various beer venues located throughout the park, as they carry both Dale's Pale Ale and Mama's Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues.

What To Root For:
Interesting September baseball.  For most of the season the Phillies have seemed destined to finish under .500 and out of the playoffs.  Not so fast...if everything falls into place the Phils could be looking at a miracle comeback for a Wild Card.  Root for the Brewers to take 2 out of 3 from the Braves, the Padres to take at least 2 out of 3 from the Cardinals, the Pirates and Dodgers to keep playing the crappy brand of baseball they've been, and for the Phils to go on a crazy winning streak.  6 games back with 23 to go, dare to dream.

13 comments:

Bob D said...

What seemed to be a pipe dream, now is a possibility.

Anonymous said...

I wish they pulled out the sweep on the Braves in their last series together. That would've made things REALLY interesting.

GM-Carson said...

Really, Wiggy in LF again?

Why not Ruf? Why not Ruf!!!

GM-Carson said...

That swing by Brown off a lefty for a HR was beautiful. He needs to do that on the regular.

GM-Carson said...

Corey- has KK earned your respect yet?

Bob D said...

KK has become very impressive, he's like a different pitcher.

Andrew said...

Gotta give KK some credit... this season as a starter plus 6 seasons of fairly reliable average to above-average pitching. The kid is alright.

GM-Carson said...

KK has done far more good for the Phils over the years than bad. Very thankful he's currently in the rotation.

Aaron said...

Outstanding job by KK again. But I still hate him.

Let's go Padres!!!!!!!!

Do you believe in miracles?????

Ben said...

The only reason I'm still 100% sure there is no chance of a playoff berth this year is that the Cards still have six games against the Astros left. If in this same situation giving the Cards a stronger stretch schedule, I'd say there was a chance, but that basically means that the Cardinals would have to go something like 3-12 over their non-Astro remaining games to give the Phils a shot, assuming they take at least 5 of 6.

GM-Carson said...

Just keep winning and let the rest shake out.

Bob D said...

IF the Phils make the playoffs, they just may be the favorite. They are 5 out now, who would have thought just a week ago when they were 10 out.

GM-Carson said...

Over Labor Day weekend I kept saying the 2 losses that were very winable games to the Mets and the horrible blow save by Papelbon against the Braves would come back to haunt them.

Guess we'll see.