Washington Nationals (50-93) at Philadelphia Phillies (82-60)
Garrett Mock (3-7, 5.75) vs. Cliff Lee (6-2, 3.11)
Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77
Twitter: Phillies Nation
The Phillies open a three game series at home with Washington Nationals tonight. After taking the Mets series three games to one, the Phils look to put themselves in good position to end this homestand before embarking on a 10-game, 10-day road trip. There are no more off days.
Ace Cliff Lee takes to the hill and he is a big reason the Phillies have the 2nd lowest ERA among starters since the All-Star break. He and Garrett Mock faced off last week in DC with Lee allowing four earned runs on 10 hits en route to a 6-5 Phillies win. In Lee’s last three starts he has allowed 10, 9, and 10 hits and 6,6, and 5 earned runs, easily his worst stretch all season. This makes tonight’s start an important step in Cliff’s journey back to super-stardom. Cristian Guzman is 7-17 (.412) against Lee in his career while Adam Dunn has recorded 6 strikeouts in 18 at bats.
Garrett Mock has less of a storied career than the Phillies starter. He was recalled mid-July from Syracuse (the Nats AAA-affiliate) after spending some time in the Nationals bullpen earlier in the year. This will be his 12th start of the season, and the 15th of his career. Lefties eat him him up, hitting .346 against him, but he has given up more home runs to right-handed batters (5 compared with 2). The Phillies have yet to hit one out against him though. He throws mainly fastballs and curves with an occasional changeup and slider mixed in.
The Phillies last 9 wins have been by 2 runs or less and their last 5 losses have been by 2 runs or less. It’s time for a blowout.
Your Gameday Beer – Grand Slam Baseball Beer
In honor of the need to “get some runs,” we’re bringing out the big gun tonight. Grand Slam Baseball Beer is brewed by the Vermont Pub and Brewery in downtown Burlington (home to a lot of good microbreweries). I sampled this one last year in one of their flight offering. It’s classified as an American Pale Ale, but it’s much weaker than that with just a light hop flavor. Have it with a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado. – By Brian