Gameday 2009

Gameday: Diamondbacks (54-67) At Phillies (68-49)

Arizona Diamondbacks (54-67) at Philadelphia Phillies (68-49)

Doug Davis (7-10, 3.59 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (7-6, 3.88 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 83
TV: Comcast Sportsnet, MLB Network
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies are 19 games over .500, a season high.  After salvaging the first two games of the series, the Phillies seek to sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Phillies were in a similar situation when they were in Arizona, but dropped the series finale.

Joe Blanton gets the start against Doug Davis.  Blanton gets better as the season moves on, but hasn’t been lucky in the win column.  When Blanton was traded to Philadelphia, he was dubbed as a work horse.  He has certainly been an inning eater; he hasn’t  pitched less than six innings since June 30.

Davis has had a great season with the Diamondbacks.  He’s able to keep the ball on the ground.  However, he gets into jams when he walks batters.  His WHIP is 1.45, and allows 4.6 BB/9.  The  Phillies haven’t had any trouble getting runners on base.  Bringing them around to score causes problems.  Davis has been a specialist at stranding men on base.

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Whirlwind Witbier
For those that thought last night’s Hop Wallop may have been a little too intense, tonight we have a more gentle offering by Victory. This classic German Witbier is supremely drinkable on a warm summer evening. The flavor is comprised by wheat malt and yeast with notes of orange zest, coriander, and clove. Essentially, it’s another more sophisticated version of a Blue Moon, if you fancy those. If you can find some fresh shellfish, like a bushel of crabs, have that with it. – By Brian

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