Brian Moehler, RHP (8-11, 5.21 ERA) vs. Pedro Martinez, RHP (5-1, 3.32 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 54
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On this crisp, autumn evening, all it takes is a victory. A win tonight, and the Phillies will clinch their third straight NL East crown, and in the process give their players some much needed rest.
Pedro Martinez is the man that will lead them tonight. He has not pitched since September 19 because of a stiff neck, but the kinks are out and he’s ready to throw. Martinez suffered his only loss of the season in that outing against Atlanta, going three innings, while allowing three runs before he was lifted with the neck strain. Before that, he had been spectacular, winning five of his previous seven outings.
He hasn’t faced the Astros since August 2008, and overall his numbers aren’t pretty. Pedro is 6-7 with a 4.03 ERA lifetime in 16 starts against Houston. But tonight, throw the numbers away, because Pedro is known to do big things in big spots.
Brian Moehler opposes Pedro tonight. The Phillies have hit him hard, as his 6.19 ERA indicates. He’s started eight times against the Phils, giving up 60 hits and 33 earned runs. This give the Fightin’s a surefire opportunity to clinch tonight.
The champagne is chilling, the plastic tarps are ready, now there’s only one thing left to do. Win.
NOTES: Carlos Ruiz is back in the lineup and Brett Myers is available out of the bullpen if needed.
Tonight’s lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Ibanez (LF), Werth (RF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz. (C), Martinez (P).
Your Gameday Beer – Beck’s
Beck’s, a classic German Brewery, provides tonight’s beer like a present wrapped neatly in tin foil. It’s certainly not the best German beer but it is popular and widely available. Like similar mass-produced pilsners it has that traditional rice and corn beer taste, though not has strong as a Bud or Miller product. It of course goes well with Wiener Schnitzel otherwise known as veal cutlets. – By Brian