Philadelphia Phillies (8-10) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7)
Monday - Cliff Lee vs. Paul Maholm
Tuesday - Sports Hernia Burnett vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu
Wednesday - Cole Hamels vs. Zack Greinke
Thursday - KK vs. Dan Haren
*All games at 10:10 (Eff the West Coast)
R - 81 (9th tied)
AVG - .240 (19th)
OPS - .711 (14th)
Dee Gordon/2B runs as fast as his dad (Tom "Flash" Gordon) used to pitch, having already stolen 10 bases all while batting .367/.892. Adrian Gonzalez/1B and Juan Uribe/3B are the only other two bats currently making noise (each batting .300+/.900+). Showboaters Hanley Ramirez/SS and Yasiel Puig/RF haven't struck their matches yet, but wouldn't be surprised to see them do so in this series.
ERA - 2.85 (5th)
WHIP - 1.21 (7th)
This is a great pitching staff, even without the services of the best pitcher in the Majors (Clayton Kershaw on DL). Every starting pitcher in this series is doing well so far this season with the exception of Maholm (4.97/1.50). The other 3 all boast ERAs of 2.42 or below. In the bullpen is a bevy of arms ready to clamp down leads (Chris Winthrow, JP Howell, Chris Perez, Paco Rodriguez, and Kenley Jansen).
Sierra Nevada's - Ovila. I'm not sure why, but I've been on a saison kick lately, and this one is fantastic. It's a Belgian style Abbey saison, done in collaboration with monks, and has Mandarin orange and peppercorn added to it. This unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. Serve in a tulip glass, 7.5% ABV, 94 on RateBeer.com.
Four games sweeps are difficult, so I'll go with the Phils sneaking one win away from the Dodgers out in LA.