Posted by Corey Seidman, Sat, June 25, 2011 06:35 PM Comments: 50
Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51 ERA) vs. Trevor Cahill (7-5, 3.24 ERA)
Last night was not supposed to be a pitcher’s duel…but the Phillies are good at making the Guillermo Moscosos of the world look like Greg Maddux.
Tonight’s game, however, has the look of a well-pitched and low-scoring affair. NL Cy Young frontrunner, Cole Hamels (yeah, I said it) is set to take on up-and-down As ace, Trevor Cahill. The 6’4″, 225 pound righthander was untouchable through his first ten starts, but gave up 3, 4, 5, 6 and 4 runs over the next handful. In his last start, Cahill shut down the Giants at the spacious Oakland Mausoleum, generating fourteen groundouts to seven flyouts.
Hamels should make mincemeat of the Athletics’ sad, sad lineup. Coco Crisp will play center instead of Ryan Sweeney tonight, Adam Rosales will man short over Cliff Pennington. “Cliff Pennington” sounds like the name of a gentle Englishman who would be friends with the James Bottomtooth from Family Guy.
The only man who can beat Hamels tonight is himself. A victory would give the Phillies their tenth series win of the season.
Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Brown RF, Ruiz C, Hamels P
Anchor Steam is a bay area beer, brewed in San Francisco. Oakland is close enough, though. Liberty Ale is bright and beautiful, a crisp yellow color and it’s even tastier than it looks. Go for Anchor Steam as you watch the Phils take on their former city mates. You’ll be impressed if you’re new to it. I might go pick up a few myself. -by Pat