Friday, August 23, 2013

Series Preview- Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks (65-61) @ Philadelphia Phillies (57-70)


Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 7:05 - Wade Miley vs. Cole Hamels
Saturday, 7:05 - Randall Delgado vs. Ethan Martin
Sunday, 1:35 - Patrick Corbin vs. Tyler Cloyd

Snakes Bats:
R - 537 (14th)
AVG - .258 (11th)
OPS - .715 (14th)

The D-Backs offense has been a disappointment outside of Paul Goldschmidt/1B (.300/.947, 31 HR, 100 RBI).  They've suffered through many injuries this season, so much so that they only have 3 batters that are qualified to the batting title (Goldschmidt, Martin Prado, and Gerado Parra).  However, Aaron Hill/2B is back with the club and hitting extremely well (.312/.897 in 58 G).

Snakes Arms:
ERA - 3.79 (14th)
WHIP - 1.29 (12th)

The D-Backs are throwing their best 3 starting pitchers at the Phils this weekend, with Corbin being the best of the bunch (13-3, 2.45/1.02).  Their bullpen a weakness, as the role of closer has been a revolving door all season.  Ex-Phillies farmhand, Brad Ziegler is lights out though (7-1, 2.34/1.14, 11 HLD, 7 SV).

What I'm Drinking:
Weyerbacher Brewing Company's Double Simcoe Double IPA.

This beer is exploding with hops.  This is my favorite offering by Weyerbacher because of it's hop complexity and smooth malt backbone.  Pours a burnt orange with a semi-creamy head that leaves behind a beautiful lacing effect.  That means is sticky, and with India Pale Ale's that a good thing.  The Simcoe hops have a warming spice note to them that is unique and enjoyable.  The aroma is citrusy and the flavor profile is piney and grapefruit-esque.  For a double IPA, it is well balanced with the caramel malts giving it a slight sweetness to help offset the intensity of the hops.  The 9% ABV makes you happy after drinking a few.  RateBeer.com scores it a 99 out of 100.  It's that damn good.

Prediction:
Ryne Sandberg's first two games at the helm couldn't have gone worse, each a shutout to the Dodgers.  However, since then the Phils have fought for him and gone 4-1.  Therefore, I'm going with a series win for the Phightins by taking 2 outta 3.

2 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Me thinks Darin Rufs likes hitting homeruns.

GM-Carson said...

5 outta their last 6. Showing some fight. Sandberg light a fire under their asses?