Cliff Lee (12-10, 2.83 ERA) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (12-9, 2.93 ERA)
Time: 8:05 p.m at Minute Maid Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 85
Twitter: Phillies Nation
Coming off a 4-2 home stand, the Phillies head to Houston to take on the Astros. The Astros sit in fourth place in the National League Central. The Phillies offense is due to come alive; they averaged only 1.8 runs per game during their six game homecoming.
Lately, the Phillies have been apart of many pitchers’ duels. Tonight might not be any different. Lee is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the Phillies. However, he will try to rebound from his worst start since joining the team. (You can vote for Cliff Lee for July’s Pepsi Clutch Player of the Month).
Wandy Rodriguez has been a pleasant surprise this season. A career .500 pitcher, he has a 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and strikes out 8.3 batters per nine. He was the National League Pitcher of the Month in July, when he posted a 0.75 ERA. Perhaps he is starting to return to his old form, because he posted a 4.00 ERA in August. Rodriguez is 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA in three career appearances against the Phillies.
Raul Ibanez will be given the day off. Ben Francisco will start in left field.
Your Gameday Beer – Pliny The Elder
To piggyback on last night’s recommendation, tonight we offer another IPA hybrid, this time from the Russian River Brewing Company in Cali. Beer Advocate reviewers ranks this brew as one of the best. Besides the Roman philosopher, the name refers to its piney citrus flavor which is immediately noticeable when you crack open one of these 8% numbers. This is a seriously good beer and worth searching out. Kick off the holiday weekend with a blue cheese bacon bbq burger alongside a Pliney. – By Brian