Monday, April 01, 2013

Opening Series- Phillies @ Braves Preview

Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) @ Atlanta Braves (0-0)

Pitching Match-Ups:
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.

Key Injuries:
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.

What We're Drinking:
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.

Predictions:
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.

40 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Lineup:
1. Revere/CF
2. Rollins/SS
3. Utley/2B
4. Howard/1B
5. Young/3B
6. Brown/LF
7. Mayberry/RF
8. Kratz/C

I like that Manuel went with Revere in the leadoff spot and Jimmy in the 2-hole. Hopefully this works in the early going so he sticks with it.

Would rather have seen Nix in RF against righty Hudson, but whatever.

Anonymous said...

Verizon FIOS. Have CSN. Not on there. Have ESPN2. Blacked out. WTF.

Ben said...

I'm watching the Spanish broadcast online. I might do this regularly to avoid McCarthy et al and because they say Jimmy RRRRRollins cool.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Game already ugly.

Mayberry inning ending GIDP. Shouldn't even be in the lineup.

Hamels gave up 2 homeruns already.

My prediction for Phils record this season, 75-87

Beer-a-Thon said...

WTF?! Hamels, c'mon. Stop sucking.

Oops, I mean being unlucky.

Ben said...

Congratulations Chase Utley on 200 career homeruns. Shame Cole is spoiling it with shit pitching.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Nice to see Utley pound a long ball.

Other note, Dom Brown has horrible instincts in the outfield.

Ben said...

Wait, I thought we got rid of Ty Wigginton... oh, that's right, Michael Young also has no business being a third baseman.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Michael Young plays an out into a double.

This season is a waste already.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Amaro's offseasons moves were bad. Mike Adams good. The Youngs- f'n stupid!

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