Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke today and said that there is no timetable on Ryan Madson just yet, and that Monday was not a certainty. Madson is eligible to come off the DL on July 4. Amaro added that they would “pitch him when he’s ready.”
Amaro also talked about Roy Oswalt and said there is a chance he could return to the Phillies before August. While they have no concrete timetable on Oswalt, sometime in mid-August has been tossed around as a date.
When it came to talk of adding a bat, Amaro continued to reiterate that if their pitchers get healthy (Contreras, Lidge, Oswalt, Blanton, and now Madson) that they’ll be OK. He said he values pitching over adding a bat.
This one has all the makings of a fantastic matchup. And although the Phillies won’t admit it, this will be a proving ground for championship aspirations. Not only will one of the hottest pitchers in the American League be on the mound for Boston, but they come with a run and gun offense led by David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, and Adrian Gonzalez.
The Phillies have the best record in baseball, but they have not seen a team of this caliber yet.
To combat that, the Phillies will send their hottest pitcher out there tonight, Cliff Lee. Lee has a sparking 0.27 ERA this month, putting to bed any negative thoughts anyone had about Lee after a shaky opening 6-8 weeks of the season. But just having Lee out there won’t be enough. This mediocre offense will have to find a way to score a few runs against Beckett.
The 31-year old Beckett has reinvented himself this season after a rash of injuries in previous seasons. His last start was a complete game shutout over the Rays on June 15; he has missed two starts due to a nasty bout with the flu. But make no mistake, Beckett will bring his A-game tonight. Only one time this season has Beckett given up more than three earned runs in a start, so if you hate low-scoring games. If a pitchers duel is your cup of team, you’ve come to the right place.
Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Brown RF, Ruiz C, Halladay P
I can’t help myself, I absolutely love Sam Adams. It’s a boston-brewed beer that has evolved 10-fold (it seems) over the past decade, bringing out a new assortment of beers every so often to add to their stellar collection. Tonight, we drink East-West Kolsch from Sammy. Had this last weekend and it’s incredibly tasty, and not overbearing. It’s slightly fruity with light biscuit notes and lemon citrus that come from the hops. At just over 5% ABV, you won’t be inundated with alcohol and will have a smooth journey to the bottom of the glass. Have this with schnitzel. -by Pat