Tonight’s game will feature an unexpected pitching matchup as Tim Lincecum was scratched due to sickness. Pitching for the Phillies will be Vance Worley, who is currently the Phillies’ hottest pitcher. In his last 6 starts, he is 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA in 38.1 IP. This will be the first time Worley will face any of the Giants’ hitters, who collectively sport a wOBA that is good for 15th–or 2nd to last–in the NL.
Tim Lincecum Barry Zito will oppose Worley. This is very good news for the Phils because Lincecum has given up just 30 hits in 156 at bats (a .192 AVG) against all current Phillies. The two time Cy Young Award winner was almost as hot a Worley as well. In his last 7 starts, he was 3-4 with a 1.84 ERA in 44.0 IP. On the other hand, Zito has an ERA very close to 5 in 37.2 innings pitched this year.
Both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have done well against Zito, hitting .375 and .364 respectively. Ryan Howard, who went from being the most successful Phillies hitter against Lincecum, now will face a guy who he is 0-5 with 3 K’s against in Zito.
Howard is part of a Phillies offense that has put up an average of over 5 runs per game over their last 10. That pace may just continue tonight. For the Phillies to win, they need to get to Zito early, make him work, and get a few runs to support Worley, who is due for a down game.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Mayberry RF, Schneider C, Worley RHP
Your gameday beer: Troegs Nugget Nectar
Poured a medium amber color with a thick white head that laces down the glass nicely. The aroma has an initial blast of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel malt, and floral sweetness. It was named one of the top beers in the world by Beer Advocate, whom I trust. It’s also a local beer (kinda) coming from Harrisburg, PA. It should be a nice beer to sip on for tonight’s game while you’re, hopefully, grilling steaks and asparagus on the grill. My mouth is watering for that. And a win. AND A WIN! -by Pat