Derek Lowe (12-8, 4.48 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (12-9, 2.63 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Fair, 68
TV: MY PHL 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation
Don’t be surprised if a pitcher’s duel breaks out tonight. With Derek Lowe and Cliff Lee on the mound, it’s probably going to be a low scoring game.
Lee will be aiming for his sixth win in as many starts with the Phillies. Since joining the Phillies, he is a perfect 5-0 with a 0.68 ERA. In 40 innings, he has struck out 39, walked six and hasn’t allowed a home run. So far it has been guaranteed as to the type of start Lee will provide: go deep into the game and dominate.
In two starts against the Phillies this season, Lowe is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings, including an eight inning shutout on Opening Night. Lowe has been streaky this season. He had a 6.13 ERA in an eight start stretch, followed by a 5-0, 2.91 ERA seven game run. Currently, he his in a cold spell allowing 20 hits in his last 8.2 innings.
For a change, the Phillies would like to get to Lowe. Lowe is 5-1 with a 2.64 ERA in his career against the Phillies. The offense is struggling and relying on the long ball, so it may not be easy for them to get to Lowe, a ground ball pitcher. But it isn’t going to be easy for the Braves to get to Lee either.
Your Gameday Beer – Michelob
Michelob Lager is brewed here in America by In-Bev’s Anheuser-Busch though it is named after a small town in a region of the Czech Republic known for its hops. That’s pretty much where the story begins and ends. As a pretty basic beer, it has a thin and watery consistency and flavor. There are hints of corn, maybe even citrus, but the bitter and sweet tastes are balanced. Have it with your favorite style of fried chicken. – By Brian