Monday, March 31, 2014

Let's Get It On- Rangers Series Preview

Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) @ Texas Rangers (0-0)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday, 2:05 - Cliff Lee vs. Tanner Scheppers
Tuesday, 8:05 - AJ Burnett vs. Martin Perez
Wednesday, 8:00 - Kyle Kendrick vs. Robbie Ross

Chuck Norris' Offense:
They like 'em big in Texas, must be the reason for acquiring Prince Fielder.  Expect 420+ feet bombs from him all season long.  Future Hall-of-Famer, Adrian Beltre, is a Gold Glove worthy defender and still has a potent bat.  Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios are a nice power/speed duo in the outfield corners.  Hot prospect Jurickson Profar will begin the season on the DL.

Chuck Norris' Pitching:
Scheppers isn't just making his first Opening Day start, he's making his first MLB start (115 relief apperances).  Perez is a young lefty, but doesn't have shutdown, strike 'em out sorta stuff.  Ross will also be making his first MLB start, after previously appearing in relief for 123 games.  In the bullpen there is Rule 5 pick Seth Rosin, who was taken out of the Phillies organization this past winter.  More prominent members include Joakim Soria, Neal Cotts, and Jason Frasor.

What I'm Drinking:
Bell's- Hopslam. Boozy, hoppy, sweet, love it.  The addition of honey helps to add balance to the malt base, because this beer is all about the hops, and there are plenty of them. I love IPAs and this just further cements my devotion to the style. Remarkable hop profile leaves you wishing that you had more bottles of it.  10% ABV, 70 IBU, 100/100 on RateBeer.com

Prediction:
Usually when a guy is making his first MLB start that is good news for the opposing team, but the Phillies seem to be continually perplexed by these types of situations.  However, I'm going to begin the 2014 season with some optimism and say the Phils take 2 outta 3.

13 comments:

GM-Carson said...

J-Roll is with his wife, who is expecting 2nd child (might already have been birthed). Jayson Nix may get the start at SS for Opening Day.

Bob D said...

Prediction: Phils will be better. Nix won't be able to play resulting in no SS available for opening day, so Hernandez who is a 2B will play right next to Utley as the second secondbaseman for opening day.

Howard will hit 13 home runs in St Louis.

But if the Mets, Fish and Nats are all improved this year as they seem to be, what does that mean to the Phils and Braves records??? I see the Phils as potential of winning record, but at same time could be a total collapse....

Andrew said...

Jimmy kind of making an early statement there, yeah?? Good first 2 inning start to a low-expectations season

SirAlden said...

Go J-Roll!!!!!!

Andrew said...

Ok, the one person no one was worried about, Cliff Lee, showing some issues

GM-Carson said...

Cliff Lee was supposed to be a given to be good. WTF?!

Andrew said...

11 runs through 6 inn... Fun, but I sure hope they save some for the rest of the season. Also, 2 SBs. Could the running game long lost with the departure of Davey Lopes finally be coming back?

Corey said...

title of video on MLB.com:

"Byrd's solo jack"

nope. not watching it.

David Werden said...

First Place Baby!

GM-Carson said...

Cody Asche will a helluva good game. Bullpen a bit shakey. Shoulda started Ben Revere on my fantasy team.

Bob D said...

On a day that it snowed a bit, the first sign of Spring arrives in baseball games

Morak99 said...

14 Runs? Well I'll be damned. The Rangers do have pretty bad pitching but I like that the Phillies are taking advantage.

GM-Carson said...

Brandon Belt with the 1st Howard of the 2014 season.