Gameday 2009

Gamenight: Phillies (6-8) At Marlins (11-4)

Philadelphia Phillies (6-8) at Florida Marlins (11-4)
Brett Myers (1-1, 5.03 ERA vs. Josh Johnson (2-0, 2.91 ERA)

Time: 7:10 p.m. at Dolphin Stadium, Miami.
Weather: Windy, 76
TV: The Comcast Network
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Sitting at the top of the National League East? Those Florida Marlins, with a strong 11-4 record. They were just swept by the Pirates, so that seems even more impressive that they’re still seven games over .500. They’re doing it every way possible, but mostly with pitching and speed. The former will be displayed tonight in the form of Josh Johnson, who’s carrying a 2.91 ERA through three starts.

Luckily the Phils have hit Johnson well. Ryan Howard has two home runs off him and a .438 average. Chase Utley has a .385 average against Johnson. Of course, those things don’t seem to matter when the games are played – both have struggled the past few games, as the Phils were able to cull just two runs overall against the heavenly duo of Braden Looper and Dave Bush.

Brett Myers pitches for the Phils. He has struggled in the past against Florida, with professional hitter Jorge Cantu clipping him at 5-for-10 pace. All-universe hitter Hanley Ramirez is a lifetime .360 hitter against Myers.

Your gamenight beer: Bluebird Bitter is from the Coniston Brewing Co. in England. A bitter beer, it has hints of apple and caramel within its formula. This is a perfect night for an English bitter – warm but cooling late, clear and reflective. Time for the Phils to remember how to beat the Marlins and, yes, win baseball games.

Go Phillies!

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