San Francisco Giants (59-44) at Philadelphia Phillies (65-37)
Maybe the turning point of last year’s NLCS was Juan Uribe‘s game-winning sacrifice fly off Roy Oswalt in Game 4. Otherwise, the most likely candidate game the day before, when Matt Cain outdueled Cole Hamels for a 3-0 Giants victory from which the Phillies never really recovered. The revenge subplot to this series has been entirely overplayed, but it is interesting to note that tonight represents a repeat of that pitching matchup.
If reports are correct, Cain could have a new teammate in the next day or two. The Giants, whose excellence in pitching is matched perhaps only by their ineptitude at the plate, have capped off a huge day on the trade market by setting up a trade of top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler for Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Beltran was rumored to be a top target for the Phillies, who are trying to upgrade their own outfield, but while the Giants offered a top prospect for the free agent-to-be, the Phillies balked at doing the same. Beltran will obviously not join the Giants tonight, as he still must approve the deal in order for it to become official.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Brown RF, Ruiz C, Hamels P
Your gameday beer: Harp Lager
I was never crazy about the new label redesign–I preferred the old blue-and-cream label to the new electric green. This one recalls nothing so much as Bud Light Lime. However, I’ve always been crazy about the taste of this lager, which is lighter and than Yuengling without giving up anything in terms of taste, hoppiness, or machismo. -by Michael