Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays (65-54) @ Philadelphia Phillies (46-72)
Game Times:
Tuesday & Wednesday - 7:05

Batting & Fielding:
C - Russell Martin vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Edwin Encarnacion vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Ryan Goins vs. Cesar Hernandez
SS - Troy Tulowitzki vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Josh Donaldson vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Ben Revere vs. Cody Asche
CF - Kevin Pillar vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Jose Bautista vs. Domonic Brown
Bench - Chris Colabello, Justin Smoak, Dioner Navarro, Cliff Pennington & Matt Hague vs. Cameron Rupp, Chase Utley, Darin Ruf, Jeff Francoeur & Andres Blanco
*Blue Jays have an open roster spot that has yet to be filled as of publication of this post
R - Blue Jays 622 (1st) vs. Phillies 433 (30th)
AVG - Blue Jays .261 (7th) vs. Phillies ,252 (17th)
OPS - Blue Jays .769 (1st) vs. Phillies .680 (26th)
HR - Blue Jays 158 (2nd tied) vs. Phillies 85 (28th tied)
SB - Blue Jays 59 (16th tied) vs. Phillies 69 (10th tied)

Pitching:
SP1 - RA Dickey vs. Aaron Nola
SP2 - Mark Buehrle vs. Adam Morgan
CL - Roberto Osuna vs. Ken Giles
RP -  Brett Cecil, LaTroy Hawkins, Liam Hendriks, Mark Lowe, Bo Schultz & Aaron Sanchez vs. Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez, Elvis Araujo, Hector Neris, Justin DeFratus, Adam Loewen & Cesar Jimenez
ERA - Blue Jays 3,76 (13th) vs. Phillies 4.70 (29th)
WHIP - Blue Jays 1.22 (10th) vs. Phillies 1,46 (29th)
K - Blue Jays 822 (25th) vs. Phillies 838 (23rd)
Run Differential - Blue Jays (+138) vs. Phillies (-153)

What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Co. - ReDANKulous Imperial Red India Pale Ale. This massively hopped brew is from their Backstage Series and was just released in August. Do yourself a favor and seek it out, it's worth it. It pours a reddish-amber with a thick semi-creamy lasting froth.  Tropical fruits and pine billow from the bottle upon pouring into the glass.  The best way to describe the aroma and flavor is "dank", which they fittingly placed in its name.  It's tremendously floral scents have notes of berry, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and a bit earthiness. Really digging it, glad it came in a 750 ml bottle, so it was like drinking two.  As Ludacris said, "Sticky, icky, icky."
Commercial Description - reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA is a no frills, bold 9.5% ABV India Pale Ale. It pours a pleasing burnt amber with some sweetness due to the Caramalt and roasted barley used in the malt bill. But hops are the true headliner in this elaborate sensory experience. The spicy, piney, tropical complexities of Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe hops hit you right away with their dank aroma—and they stick around. Take a sip to have your palate simultaneously walloped and caressed in all the right places. Combined, the hops take the beer to 90 IBUs. It’s not just ridiculous. It’s reDANKulous.

16 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I love Chase Utley. My favorite Phillie of all-time. However, it appears he's using his 10 & 5 rights to nix a trade. He wants guaranteed playing time and preferably Southern California location. I know he's earned the right, but honestly he needs to step aside and let the young guys play out the rest of the season and build towards the future. Utley is not part of the Phillies future, so why should Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis, and Maikel Franco (all parts of the Phillies future) be sitting a couple times per week so Utley can play out his contract with the Phillies? I'm very torn over all of this. I'd prefer Utley go to a contender and make the playoffs, while said contender sends a prospect to the Phillies that may help down the line. On the other hand, I do love watching Utley play the game...

GM-Carson said...

Franco's wrist injury worse than expected (surprise, surprise, the Phils always lie when it comes to injuries) and DL may be needed.

That sucks!

Bob D said...

Altherr and his 294 BA in AAA will replace Franco on roster. I hope we see him get at least some starts and this should give him about 6-7 weeks to show how he can handle major league pitching. Coming into this season Altherr was projected to be a 4th OF, but he has impressed this year and shown some power to boot. There is a very good chance that he will out play Asche in LF.
They (the Phillies) say Franco has a minor injury and will be out maybe 2 to 3 weeks, which in non lying terms equals we will see him in Spring Training next year. Basically I am not expecting him back this year, but theres a chance he could play the last week or 2.

Eickhoff may get to start later in week, but I am expecting the team to give Biddle a shot to start despite his ERA near 6. I will root for Biddle to do well, but I do believe his spot on the 40 man roster is in jeopardy this winter and the team will want to give the local guy a shot.

GM-Carson said...

Altherr should start over Asche or Dom Brown. He should play regularly through the end of the season. Good test for him over final 1.5 months.

Biddle seems like a lost cause. He continues to get worse every year. Might as well give him some starts though. I mean, it's not like he'd be worse than Buchanan, O'Sullivan, or other crap they've run out there this year.

GM-Carson said...

Thought Aaron Nola was supposed to have pinpoint control...

Andrew said...

Too bad for Franco but at least there's nothing really to rush back for (unlike Utley's broken hand in 2007). Only loss for Franco is the possibility of ROY honors. He was most likely going to be top 5 but not win it.

GM-Carson said...

Looks like Utley to Dodgers

Andrew said...

Rollins and Utley back together? Thats just kind of odd how that might work out...

Robert Dalton said...

Sad day in Phillies history.

Robert Dalton said...

However looking forward to the post Utley post

GM-Carson said...

I almost feel like calling it quits here on the blog. Hamels, Rollins, & now Utley all gone. I'm kinda lost...

I hope Utley and J-Roll turn a double play for the final out of the World Series. They deserve it.

GM-Carson said...

One of the two prospects coming to Phillies for Utley is Darnell Sweeney. He's currently in AAA and has hit .280/.795 over 4 minor league seasons. Seems like a decent athlete - hits for doubles, triples, homeruns, and steals bases. Played a lot of outfield this season, but has played second, shortstop, and third too.

Good return so far.

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