Welcome to the second half of the 2008 baseball season!
The Phillies find themselves opening the second half the way they opened the first: tied for first place. The Mets saddled up next to them with their 10th straight win, a comeback win over the terrible Reds. Now the Phils will wipe the slate clean. It’s 66 games to the finish.
And the Phils open the second half with a new member of the roster. Joe Blanton joins the Phillies, but won’t start for almost a week. Tonight it’s Jamie Moyer back to work. He pitched eight days ago against the Cardinals (seems like a lifetime ago).
The Phils will face Ricky Nolasco, who dominated the Phillies last time out back in Miami. That was the beginning of the Phils quest back to Earth. I’d say it’s high time the Phils start lifting themselves off Earth again.
Moyer is 9-0 against the Fish lifetime (nine-for-nine). The Phillies are 12-4 on Fridays.
Phillies: Jamie Moyer (8-6) 3.95 ERA
Marlins: Ricky Nolasco (10-4) 3.70 ERA
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EST
Weather: 82, partly sunny
Your gamenight beer: For a beer like Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic, you have to treat it like a wine. Store it, wait for the right time, enjoy every sip as if it was your last. Sure, tonight you may have a Miller Lite or whatever makes you loony, insane crazy. But for this game, for a Jamie Moyer start, go with the slow stuff. Get the half started right. And eat some pizza with prosciutto and mozzarella. Mmmm.