Time: 2:05 pm, Minute Maid Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 99 (Roof closed)
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What is going on with the Phillies? They have three straight losses, and are on the verge of being swept by a team that has a .345 winning percentage. This is a very rare situation for the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies.
Around this time every year, it seems like the Astros beat up on the Phillies. Late season struggles against Houston have been a recurring theme in recent Phillies history. Minute Maid Park usually isn’t friendly to the Phillies, as they are 16-24 all time there.
Doc will try to stop the bleeding. Roy Halladay is continuing to make his push for his second consecutive National League Cy Young Award. In three career starts against the Astros, Halladay is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA.
Bud Norris is looking to do what Brett Myers and J.A Happ did: shut down the Phillies offense. In four career starts against the Phillies, Norris has tallied a lot of strikeouts. However, he has a career 5.30 ERA and 1.65 WHIP against Philadelphia.
Once again, the Phillies can clinch a postseason spot with a win, or a St. Louis loss. If the Phillies clinch today, it will mark the earliest the Phillies have clinched a playoff berth in team history. The Phillies are hoping they can officially lock up that playoff spot and start getting back into the winning mode.
Today’s Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Martinez SS, Halladay P.
Your gameday beer: Okay — so Budweiser went forth and embraced crafts with their American Ale. How is it? Not bad. Really. Okay, so it ain’t no Stoudt’s APA or Sierra Nevada-quality ale, but I’d drink it at a party or bar, if it carried that with other Bud crud. So tap into one and eat some American food with it — you know, French fries. Ha. Or pizza. Ha. Ha. – By Tim