Philadelphia Phillies (48-48) @ New York Mets (41-50)
Friday, 7:10 - KK vs. Jeremy Hefner
Saturday, 1:10 - Cole Hamels vs. Zack "Not Chris" Wheeler
Sunday, 1:10 - Cliff Lee vs. Matt Harvey
R - 376 (19th)
AVG - .235 (28th)
OPS - .680 (28th)
Their offense is horrible, but have managed to outscore the Phillies, despite playing 5 fewer games. Marlon Byrd/RF (.271/.818) and David Wright/3B (.304/.903) are the only real threats with established track records. Eric Young Jr./CF (.308/.782 in 24 G) has hit well since joining the Mets out of Colorado. Ike Davis is no longer the starter at first base, that now belongs to Josh Satin (.361/1.044 in 22 G).
ERA - 3.85 (13th)
WHIP - 1.32 (19th)
Their 3 best starting pitchers take the mound this series. Hefner may not have the wins (only 4 in 18 GS), but his ERA/WHIP combo is deserving of better fate (3.33/1.15). Wheeler is the much hyped prospect getting a chance to impress and has 3 wins in 5 starts with a 3.54 ERA. All-Star Matt Harvey and possible NL Cy Young and , Matt Harvey, is having one helluva season (7-2, 130 IP, 147 K, 2.35/0.92). In the bullpen it's Bobby Parnell (17 SV, 2.30/0.91) securing the fort with in-season additions David Aardsma (2.55/1.13) and Carlos Torres (0.79/0.88) providing quality late inning relief as well.
The Phillies veterans (Chooch, Michael Young, Lee, Hamels, J-Roll, KK, Utley, Papelbon) know they need to win over the next 2 weeks, so that Amaro doesn't decide to implode the squad. Therefore, I'm picking them to take the first 2 games with a loss to Harvey on Sunday.
What I'm Drinking:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. out of Cleveland, Ohio. I've heard great things about them over the past few years from craft beer aficionados, but was unable to attain any of their libations due to distribution limitations in my area. No longer! Great Lakes is finally in my region of PA and I am excited. They produced some fantastic brews. They're celebrating 25 years of microbrewing. Check out a variety case of the following to believe what you're reading.
Burning River Pale Ale- dry, crisp, a bit of spicy hops with earthy undertones and a touch of citrus. This one is a winner. It has a refreshing quality to it that you don't get in all pale ales. With 6% ABV and 45 IBU, this will please the hop-heads, but not overwhelm those who are not. RateBeer.com score- 96.
Eliot Ness- rarely an I impressed with a lager, but damn this one is good. This Vienna style lager has a reddish hue, smooth and sweet malt profile, and has just enough hops to be noticeable (ie- enjoyable). It is named after Cleveland’s most respected safety directors, who frequented the brewpub’s bar during his tenure from 1935-1941 and, according to popular legend, was responsible for the bullet holes still evident today. RateBeer.com score- 95.
Edmund Fitzgerald- easily one of the best porters out there. Chocolate malt aroma hits the nose instantly upon pouring. Chocolate and coffee in the flavor. Deep sweet malty taste with a bit of smoke. Great stuff. RateBeer.com score- 99.
Dortmunder Gold- hazy gold in color with thin bubbly head. Nice soft carbonation mouth feel with bread and nuts in the aroma/flavor. Smooth and easy drinking. RateBeer.com score- 94.