Gameday 2009

Gameday: Phillies (71-50) at Mets (57-67)

Philadelphia Phillies (71-50) at New York Mets (57-67)

Cliff Lee (11-9, 2.72 ERA) vs. Bobby Parnell (3-5, 4.74 ERA)

Time:1:10 p.m at Citi Field
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 81
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

In the final game of a four game stint, the Phillies will look to take three out of four from the New York Mets.  Thus far, the games have been close and exciting between these two rivals.

Cliff Lee has been outstanding since joining the Phillies.  He is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA and opponents are batting .161 against him.  With Lee on the mound, the Phillies expect him to go deep into the game and get a win.

Lee will be opposed by Bobby Parnell, who is making his fourth start since moving from the bullpen.  Parnell is coming off a poor start in which he allowed nine runs in three innings versus the Braves. Against the Phillies, Parnell is 0-2 and gave up a game-winning home run to Chase Utley.

The Mets will likely be without Jeff Francouer, who was taken to the hospital for an MRI on his thumb.  After going 3-for-5 and completing an unbelievable, game-ending unassisted triple play, Eric Bruntlett will get another start.  Today, he will give Jimmy Rollins a rest at shortstop.

Today’s lineup: Victorino (CF)/ Werth (RF)/ Utley (2B)/ Howard (1B)/ Ibanez (LF)/ Feliz (3B)/ Bruntlett (SS)/ Bako (C)/ Lee (P).

Delirium TremensYour Gameday Beer – Delirium Tremens
This afternoon’s beer is named for the sensation caused by the withdrawal from alcohol. Quite possibly, it may have been the intention of its Belgian brewers to make a beer that would keep people drinking – this Pale Ale is delicious. The taste contains sweet fruits with a dry finish but is rather light considering its hefty 8.5% ABV. Look for it in a big white bottle decorated with pink elephants and have some grilled salmon with it. – By Brian

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