The Phillies take on the Brewers tonight in the 2nd of this 4 game set after winning the first last night. Roy Halladay will take the mound tonight, facing his former teammeate, Shaun Marcum. Halladay still leads the Cy Young Award race, but Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw are right on his heels.
The Brewers lineup looks like this tonight along with their average against Halladay: Hart (.500), Morgan (.143), Braun (.500), Fielder (.600), McGehee (.000), Green (N/A), Betancourt (.333), Lucroy (.000), Marcum (N/A)
Notice anything? How about the top 4 hitters in the lineup hitting a combined .382 against Halladay with four home runs. Hart has two hits against Halladay (2-4)–both of them round-trippers. Braun and Fielder are a combined 9-16 against him. Hopefully Halladay makes those numbers go down tonight.
His former teammate Shaun Marcum will pitch for the Brewers. Marcum has had himself quite a year so far. His FIP is good for 20th in the National League, and is 3 points higher than his previous career best. He faced the Phillies way back on April 18, tossing six innings of one-run ball, with the lone run he gave up being unearned. He’s had struggles against three Phillies hitters–Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, and Placido Polanco.
Tonight may not be the pitchers duel that it looks like it will be on the surface. Halladay and Marcum are both having good years (Halladay obviously having a GREAT year), but both pitchers have had struggles against multiple hitters in the lineup they will face. I’ll never pick against Halladay, so I see the Phils taking this one in a tight game.
Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Orr 2B, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Halladay P
Your Gameday Beer – Milwaukee’s Best Light
I’d be remiss if we left Milwaukee without featuring a Miller product. Tonight, it’s Milwaukee’s Best Light. Beast Light is famous for sponsoring the World Series of Poker on ESPN and for allowing college students to make bad decisions on the cheap. Even in rotgut circles (think Natty Light, PBR, or Busch), Beast Light has a special reputation for being revolting.– By Michael