Florida Marlins (67-81) at Philadelphia Phillies (95-51)
Three months ago today, Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay pitched for the Phillies–in a double header–against the Marlins–at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils swept that double header. Today, Kendrick teams up with Cliff Lee in an attempt to bring the Phils’ magic number down to two. That’s right, with a sweep of the double header today, the Phillies would be within striking distance of securing the NL East Crown for the fifth straight year.
Game 1: “A-knee-ball” Sanchez and Kyle Kendrick are scheduled to start. Sanchez is coming off a complete game shutout in Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t make his numbers against the Phillies any better. His 5.54 ERA against the Phils still looks mighty good :). However, Kendrick hasn’t done so well against the Marlins. He has a 4.60 ERA against them in 60.2 IP. He’s coming off a game against the Mets on August 24 in which four of the six runs he gave up were unearned.
Game 2: Some guy named Alex Sanabia is pitching for the Marlins. I’ve never heard of him, but he pitched one inning this year and gave up two walks and a hit–but no runs. It’s him vs Cliff Lee (or CLIFF LEE), who has pitched himself into the Cy Young race. If this was a boxing match, it would be like Ivan Drago vs an infant. That’s just not fair. But it is those pesky the Marlins facing a Phillies team in the middle of an extremely tiring stretch, so maybe it is.
Game 1 lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Orr 2B, Schneider C, Martinez SS, Kendrick P
Game 2 lineup: Rollins SS, Mayberry Jr CF, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Ibanez LF, Gload 1B, Ruiz C, Orr 3B, Lee P
GAMEDAY BEER: Sam Adams Double Bock
A doubleheader calls for a double bock. And why not drink it from one of the best beermakers on the planet. Can’t say I’ve ever had a less-than-stellar beer from Sam Adams. Haven’t had this one, but my does it look tasty. They use an enormous amount of malt, half a pound per bottle, to brew this intensely rich lager. Its deep brown-ruby color is all made in the kettle, no black malt is used, resulting in a rich sweetness that is free of the rough taste of burnt malt. It’s probably not best for the warmth of the day game, but at least for the evening game, it’ll be a great change of pace for game 2. -By Pat