Today the first half of the 2008 season closes. The Phillies could find themselves in first place in the National League East, but they can also find themselves in second place. Or third place.
It’s maybe the best pitching matchup of the season so far with the Phils Cole Hamels going toe to toe with the Diamondbacks Brandon Webb. The former won’t be at the All-Star Game, so consider this a possible chip-on-shoulder game. Hamels’ 3.18 ERA is actually more impressive than Webb’s. Last time the righty faced the Phillies he threw a complete game, a two-earned run performance in Phoenix.
Phillies: Cole Hamels (9-6) 3.18 ERA
Diamondbacks: Brandon Webb (13-4) 3.27 ERA
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EST
Weather: 87, mostly sunny
Your gameday beer: Two of my favorite beer-related things: Sierra Nevada and wheat beer. They come together in this easy-sipping delight, Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer. Finished with French hops, this beer has only a 4.4 percent alcohol content. So you can have a few. Have a couple on this sunny day watching two of baseball’s best slinging their arms for the viewing public. Munch on some cheddar cheese and crackers while drinking.