Atlanta Braves (2-0) at Philadelphia Phillies (0-2)
Javier Vazquez vs. Joe Blanton
Time: 3:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Weather: Mostly sunny, 50
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: Phillies Nation
It’s April, which means the Phillies are at the bottom of the National League East. That luck can start to change today, however, as Joe Blanton makes his first 2009 start against the Braves. Blanton hasn’t lost as a Phillie, going 4-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in the postseason.
Javier Vazquez makes his first Atlanta start. The right-hander went 12-16 with a 4.67 ERA last season for the White Sox.
As mentioned before, the Phillies bullpen is perfect in 2009. They’ve thrown seven innings without giving up one hit or walk. The pitchers who’ve done the damage: Chan Ho Park, Clay Condrey, Jack Taschner, Scott Eyre, Chad Durbin and Brad Lidge.
The Phillies are receiving their world champion rings before the game. We’ll have the photos.
Your gameday beer: Back to Dogfish, since I’m such a big fan. Their Aprihop is out right now. It’s a smooth spring brew with the pungent flavor of apricots dancing about. But this won’t make you feel fruity – on the contrary, the taste is just sweet enough to be recognizable, but not overpowering. It’s a little strong, so it’s perfect on this dreary, cold, almost snowy day. Eat a salad with it.