Friday, June 12, 2015

Series Showdown: Philly versus Pitt

Philadelphia Phillies (22-39, 5th) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27, 3rd) 
Games Times:
Friday, 7:05
Saturday, 4:05
Sunday, 1:35

C - Francisco Cervelli  vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Pedro Alvarez vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Neil Walker vs. Chase Utley
SS - Jody Mercer vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Josh Harrison vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Starling Marte vs. Cody Asche
CF - Andrew McCutchen vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Gregory Polanco vs. Ben Revere
Bench - Corey Hart, Sean Rodriguez, Chris Stewart, Jose Tabata & Jung Ho Kang vs. Cameron Rupp, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruf, Jeff Francoeur & Cesar Hernandez
R - Pirates 244 vs. Phillies 194
AVG - Pirates .254 vs. Phillies .239
OPS - Pirates .696 vs. Phillies .645
HR - Pirates 50 vs. Phillies 36
SB - Pirates 44 vs. Phillies 28

SP1 - Jeff Locke vs. *Kevin Correia
SP2 - Garrit Cole vs. Sean O'Sullivan
SP3 - AJ Burnett vs. Cole Hamels
CL - Mark Melancon vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Tony Watson, Antonio Bastardo, Rob Scahill, Arquimedes Caminero, Jared Hughes & Vance Worley vs. Luis Garcia, Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jeanmar Gomez, Dustin McGowan & Elvis Araujo
*Correia officially become a Phucco when he fires his first pitch with the Phils
ERA - Pirates 2.97 vs. Phillies 4.30
WHIP - Pirates 1.23 vs. Phillies 1.41
K - Pirates 487 vs. Phillies 425
Run Differential - Pirates (+42) vs. Phillies (-88)

What To Imbibe On:
Coronado Brewing Co. - Senor Saison. This is a brand new specialty release, that is part of their Crown Series, so seek it out.  It comes in a bomber (22 oz.) and weighs in with a 6.5% ABV. It's the most unique saison I’ve ever had. Golden pour with tons of carbonation and 1-finger white head. The jalapeno presence is noticeable in the nose and carries over to into the flavor, but isn’t spicy, just a nice peppery taste that lingers. A unexpected slight sweetness helps counterbalance the pepper. There are some fruit esters, hops, and a faint spruce-like note. Quite enjoyable.

Commercial Description - Just south of our brewery, Baja California's burgeoning spirit of craft brewing reminds us a lot of our own with Mexican brewers looking to make a name for their region. We've enjoyed keeping an eye on the exciting new beers coming out of Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe, and celebrate the rise of craft beer south of the border with this reimagined farmhouse ale. Brewed with agave nectar and jalapeño peppers, it combines a touch of spice with fruity esters derived from Belgian yeast. Like the brews of our cross-border amigos, this cerveza takes craft to new and interesting places.


GM-Carson said...

Reading Fightin Phils Brock Stassi is a first baseman by trade and is batting .347 this season, tossed 3 shutout innings for the win yesterday.

GM-Carson said...

Turns out that was Stassi's 5th relief appearances in his minor league career. 1-0, 6.1 IP, 5 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.63 WHIP. Wow.

Bob D said...

Crazy Stassi! Also its crazy with Burnett actually pitching better than Hamels this year - but he is doing it so far despite Hamel's recent surge.

Also the Pirates need another starter, not too far out of the question that they could possibly trade for Hamels, or more likely Harang. That would create more Phuccos

Robert Dalton said...

Interesting lineup after an off day. Utley, Howard, Galvis, and Ruiz all sit. All have had some struggles recently.

GM-Carson said...

Phillies-futility at its finest.

Bob D said...

At this rate they will have the #1 draft pick for 2016 wrapped up by the trade deadline. However, I do like the Pirates in the central and I hope they can win that division.

Alex Brymstone said...

Hey, what do you think about daily fantasy sports?

GM-Carson said...

Worst offense since deadball era.

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