J.A Happ (10-4, 2.77 ERA) Jamie Moyer (12-9, 5.07 ERA) vs. Brian Moehler (8-10, 5.11 ERA)
Time: 2:05 p.m at Minute Maid Park
Weather: Fair, 77
Twitter: Phillies Nation
Happy Labor Day! The Phillies offense has been on vacation for the last couple of weeks so today would be a good day for them to get back to work. The Astros are on the verge of sweeping the four game series.
J.A Happ can’t seem to win his eleventh game, and it’s unlikely he’ll get it today. He’s been scratched with mild right oblique strain, so Jamie Moyer will get his first start since being relegated to the bullpen.
Brian Moehler takes the hill for the Astros and has lost five of his last six decisions. He has struggled against the Phillies throughout his career (11 G, 7 S, 2-3, 6.38 ERA). The lineup collectively has good numbers against Moehler: Ryan Howard- .471, 2 HR; Chase Utley- .412, 2 HR; Jimmy Rollins- .250, 2 HR; Shane Victorino- .545 (though it is unlikely he’ll play today as he nurses a bum knee).
Former Phillie, Michael Bourn has been trouble. He is 5-for-13 with three stolen bases and two runs scored. The Phillies need to keep the speedster off the base paths.
Your Gameday Beer – Hop Explosion
The Phils are in dire need of an offensive explosion, so let’s drink to that. Brewed in Bethlehem, Hop Explosion is not too widely available outside of the Lehigh Valley but as the name hints, it’s an IPA. There are some citrus flavors but they’re completely overpowered by the intensely bitter hops. This beer is certainly an acquired taste, but so is curried goat, so have the two together and pray for better meals and games ahead. – By Brian