Philadelphia Phillies (39-32) at Toronto Blue Jays (39-35)
Cole Hamels, LHP (6-5, 3.75ERA) vs. Shaun Marcum, RHP (6-3, 3.24 ERA)
Time: 4:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 86
The Phillies are back to their old ways of offensive explosions and lights out pitching. This is the team that Philadelphia fans love to watch.
There was certainly no home field advantage for the Blue Jays, who were given a 9-0 beat down from the Phillies. The Blue Jays will remain the home team throughout this series, but at Citizens Bank Park, the advantage always goes to the team dressed in red pinstripes (but in this case, the gray road uniforms).
Shaun Marcum, who missed all of 2009 due to an injury, will take the hill for the Jays. Marcum has been solid in 15 starts this season. His earned run average sits at 3.24 and he has a decent WHIP of 1.14. Opponents are batting just .238 against him, however the newly re-surged Phillies offense could give him a surprise.
Cole Hamels continues to look stellar. In his last outing, he had one rough inning before settling in. This seems to be a reoccurring theme for Hamels. Hamels tends to be inconsistent, but lately he’s pitched very well. Hamels just needs to avoid that one bad inning, and his ERA will slowly drop, and the wins will pile up.
Your gameday beer: Today we need something hearty and strong. Go with Stovepipe Porter by Otter Creek. It’s hard as hell but fills you up. This team needs to fill up with offense. Weird transition? Sure. Eat some ribs with this. — By Tim