Gameday: Phillies (94-50) at Astros (50-97)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, September 13, 2011 06:19 PM | Comments: 60
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AstrosPhiladelphia Phillies (94-50) at Houston Astros (50-97)

Cole Hamels (14-7, 2.60) vs. J.A Happ (5-15, 5.77)

Time: 8:10 pm, Minute Maid Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 101 (Roof closed)
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The lowly Astros took the first game of the series as Roy Oswalt struggled against his former club.  Brett Myers was able to shut down his former team on Monday night.  Another familiar face will take the hill for the ‘Stros on Tuesday.

J.A Happ will make his second career start against Philadelphia.  In that outing, he allowed two runs over 6 1/3.

It was only two years ago when Happ went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA, helping his team make it to the World Series.  Since being traded to the Astros, Happ hasn’t been the same.  Because of his struggles, Happ was sent down to the minor leagues. Since being recalled, Happ has a 2.50 in three starts.  However, his ERA still stands close to 6.

Cole Hamels will oppose his former teammate.  The lefty hasn’t shown any signs of a setback after his recent shoulder injury.  Since coming off the disabled list, Hamels has a 2.45 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 22 innings.  With Lee and Halladay in the rotation, Hamels shines away from the spotlight, but he is having an excellent year.  His 2.60 ERA ranks fifth in the league and his 0.95 WHIP is the best in the National League.

The magic number is five, but the Phillies can clinch a playoff spot with a win or a St. Louis loss.  With the way Hamels has been pitching lately, there is a good chance the Phillies could clinch that postseason berth tonight.

Today’s Lineup:

MichelobYour Gameday Beer – Michelob
Michelob Lager is brewed here in America by In-Bev’s Anheuser-Busch though it is named after a small town in a region of the Czech Republic known for its hops. That’s pretty much where the story begins and ends. As a pretty basic beer, it has a thin and watery consistency and flavor. There are hints of corn, maybe even citrus, but the bitter and sweet tastes are balanced. Have it with your favorite style of fried chicken. – By Brian


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  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Vintage Phillies. Pre Pence trade.

  • Posts: 543 Morris Buttermaker

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    I’m looking forward to the end of the Ben “Sack of Useless” Francisco Era. I sure hope he is not on the team next year.

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    What a horrible showing. I would let charlie go and make a statement. I just look forward to the day when Howard is not here. Just a compiler.

    • Posts: 548 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Wait, best record in baseball, still able to beat the brewers with our bench players, they fell asleep because they have a magic number of 6 to clinch the best record in baseball, #1 in RBI’s and top 5 in Home runs, and we should get rid of Cholly and Howard? Come on man.

    • Posts: 0 moondog

      A compiler of championships. Too many Met trolls on this site

  • Posts: 548 Brian Sr. of CO

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    I wonder how the Red Sox feel. They were in first place, supposed to be the best in the AL by a long shot, and barely holding onto the Wild Card.

  • Posts: 548 Brian Sr. of CO

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    Lessen the pain a little bit. Way to go Chooch.

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