Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) @ Atlanta Braves (0-0)
Monday, 7:00 Cole Hamels vs. Tim Hudson
Wednesday, 7:10 Roy Halladay vs. Paul Maholm
Thursday, 7:10 Cliff Lee vs. Kris Medlen
Surprise Roster Spots:
Phillies- Ender Inciarte, the Rule 5 pick, out of the Diamondbacks organization will begin the season as their 5th outfielders, despite never playing above Single-A.
Braves- Evan Gattis is a 26 year old catcher that has hit .308/.920 over 3 minor league seasons, though none above Double-A. He'll serve as the backup catcher to Gerald Laird until Brian McCann returns.
Phillies- Delmon Young/OF isn't fully healed from offseason heel surgery. He's expecting back in the beginning of May.
Braves- Brandon Beachy/SP won't be back until mid-season following last year's Tommy John Surgery. Brian McCann/C is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery to his throwing arm, he'll be returning. Johnny Venters/RP is on the DL with an elbow issue.
Boulder Beer Company out of Colorado makes some fantastic brews and I've been enjoying a variety case from them recently. They were the state's first microbrewery and have played a major part in America's craft beer boom.
Hazed & Infused Dry-Hopped Ale (5% ABV)- This unfiltered amber ale is “Hazed” in its natural state and “Infused” during dry-hopping with Crystal and Centennial hops, creating a flavorful, aromatic brew unlike any before it. Four different hop varieties are used to give it a unique aroma, with just enough yeast for a full mouth feel and a smooth, easy finish. So sit back, relax and get hazed.
Mojo India Pale Ale (7.2% ABV)- Inspired by the English who first shipped their ales to India and the Far East, but still brewed with an attitude of the great American West. Pale in color but packed with flavor, Mojo reflects the perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt character. The unique Amarillo hop creates a big citrus flavor with an ultra-crisp dry finish.
Sweaty Betty Blonde Wheat Beer (5.2% ABV)- A refreshing, unfiltered Bavarian-style Hefeweizen. The Weinstephan yeast gives this brew subtle hints of clove and banana with an attractive, hazy blonde color. For the best flavor, rouse any settled yeast by swirling the bottom of the bottle.
Never Summer Ale (6.5% ABV)- Released annually in October. Our brewers’ mission to create a satisfying cold weather brew resulted in Never Summer Ale, our version of a more aggressive winter seasonal. Deep ruby red in color, assertively hopped and brewed with dark caramel malt, Never Summer Ale makes even the coldest winter days seem warm.
Phils win tonight, but then drop the next two to Atlanta. Ben Revere gets the Phils first hit of the season, while Ryan Howard hits the first homer. Doc is terrible and only lasts 4 innings, surrendering 6 runs.