Boston Red Sox (45-34) at Philadelphia Phillies (51-30)
Coming off last night’s 2-1 win, the Phillies look to complete the sweep today at Citizens Bank Park. They’ll have one of the best pitchers in the league on the mound in Cole Hamels. His 2.49 ERA ranks 8th in the MLB (3rd in the NL), just behind fellow teammate Roy Halladay.
The Phillies are set to face lefty Jon Lester, who could really give this Phillies lineup — who has the 5th-lowest OPS vs lefties this year — some major issues. On a positive note, Lester is giving up more home runs this year, and the Phillies seem to be digging the long ball in this series. That could be the way to beat Lester today, in a game that has all the makings of a pitchers duel.
A pitchers duel is something the Cole Hamels has gotten used to. In June, he has given up 1, 0, 1, 2, and 2 runs in 5 starts. He’s 2-3 over that span. Let’s hope today goes a little differently. Just as Pat stated yesterday that “The Phillies do have a habit of making bad pitchers look good”, the Phillies also have the ability to do well against good pitchers. Hopefully they can do just that today and beat Lester to complete the sweep of the Red Sox.
Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Francisco RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Hamels P
We continue on with the Boston beers. Sam Adams Summer Ale is another of their ridiculously good brews. This summer seasonal uses malted wheat, lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century, to create a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body. It tickles the tongue. -by Pat