Philadelphia Phillies (86-46) at Cincinnati Reds (67-69)
Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65) vs. Mike Leake (11-8, 4.04)
Last night, the Phillies improved to an incredible forty games over .500. On the other hand, the Reds are dipping below the .500 mark as the Phillies have a chance to sweep them this afternoon.
Vance Worley will continue to make his case for the Rookie of the Year Award. Worley leads all rookies in earned run average. In addition, he is second among rookies in wins and opponent’s batting average. Worley faced Cincinnati once in his career, and he struggled over five innings. However, this year Worley proved that he can rebound quickly from a bad game.
This could be one of Mike Leake’s last appearances of the season, since the Reds are capping his innings. Leake has faced the Phillies twice in career, giving up 11 runs in slightly over 14 innings. He’ll be remembered for nearly throwing a perfect game against the Phillies, but he lost it in the final innings and allowed several runs after. Although the 23-year old has a lot of promise, the Phillies were able to figure him out, and hopefully can hit him again today.
It is worth noting that the Reds are 12-29 against the Phillies over the past six seasons. This statistic includes multiple sweeps in recent years, and another sweep is very possible today.
Lineup: Victorino CF, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Pence RF, Ibanez LF, Schneider C, Valdez SS, Worley P.
Your gameday beer: Ayinger Brau-Weisse
Ayinger Brau-Weisse pours a very light, golden color, and has a standard citrus and floral taste. The beer is slightly bland and is very dry, almost like champagne. It’s not hard to drink by any means. Ayinger, however, rarely disappoints. And it comes in a cool bottle, so there’s that. – By Jon