Philadelphia Phillies (31-33) @ Minnesota Twins (27-33)
Tuesday - C'mon Hamels vs. PJ Walters
Wednesday - Tyler Cloyd vs. Mike Pelfrey
Thursday - Cliff Lee vs. Kevin Correia
8:10 start time for each game
R - 252 (18th)
AVG - .242 (24th)
OPS - .696 (22nd)
The Twins offense reminds me a lot of the Phillies, with one standout performer (Joe Mauer/Dom Brown) and bunch of other guys that are mediocre or just bad. Mauer/C is batting .332/.912, but no other teammate has an OPS north of .782, and that's Josh Willingham/OF with a .215 batting average.
ERA - 4.36 (24th)
WHIP - 1.42 (29th)
Vance Worley was terrible (7.21 ERA/1.99 WHIP in 10 starts) and was optioned to Triple-A in favor of tonight's starter PJ Walters (3.00 ERA in 3 starts). Pelfrey has been terrible (6.40 ERA/1.72 WHIP), but Correia has been passable (4.11 ERA/1.32 WHIP). The staff's strength is in the bullpen where Caleb Thielbar, Jared Burton, Glen Perkins, Ryan Pressly, Josh Roenicke, and Anthony Swarzak all have ERAs 3.38 or better.
What I'm Drinking:
Oskar Blues - straight out of the can baby! This brewery hails from the beer mecca of Colorado and is constantly churning out high-quality libations.
I've previously professed my love for Dale's Pale Ale, as I truly believe it's the best of its style out there (the New York Times agrees with me). Well, just so happens Oskar Blues has released a variety case featuring Dale's and two other tasty brews in it.
Mama's Little Yella Pils- this is a good summertime beer that can be found around the concourse at Citizens Bank Park. A crisp pilsener with Saaz hops that satisfies in the heat of June, July, and August. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn and rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt and German specialty malts.
Old Chub- is a lovely scotch ale/wee heavy that has wonderfully sweet malts and a warming 8% ABV. The cola-colored beer features a dense, tawny head, a creamy mouthful and flavors of caramel, chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Complex and rich, it finishes with a whisper of smokiness that calls to mind a fine single malt scotch.
Honestly, the Phillies should win each game, but they are creative in their attempts at failing, so I say they only take 1 outta 3.