Please, please, please.
The Phillies have now lost six straight games and turn to Kyle Kendrick to get them back on track. He didn’t pitch well his last time out against Boston, but he’s normally good for 6 IP and 3 ER, you know, a Kendrickian start.
Sad thing is the Phils may not get the three runs to match it. Smith is a rookie hurler and hasn’t been too bad this season. Small preview tonight: My friends made a dynamite Thai bouillabaisse.
But I have to note that Charlie Manuel is breaking out a completely new lineup, the lineup he should’ve had out there for a while now. Jayson Werth leads off; Chase Utley is at the two-hole; Jimmy Rollins is hitting third; Pat Burrell and Ryan Howard (DH) swap power positions; Shane Victorino is in the seven-hole to provide speed for Chris Coste and nine-hole hitter Eric Bruntlett.
Phillies: Kyle Kendrick (6-3) 5.06 ERA
Athletics: Greg Smith (4-5) 3.51 ERA
Gametime: 10:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 62, sunny
Lineup: Werth, Utley, Rollins, Burrell, Howard, Feliz, Victorino, Coste, Bruntlett
Your gamenight beer: Tonight we need something hearty and strong. Go with Stovepipe Porter by Otter Creek. It’s hard as hell but fills you up. This team needs to fill up with offense. Weird transition? Sure. Eat some ribs with this.