Minnesota Twins (38-31) at Philadelphia Phillies (35-30)
Kevin Slowey, RHP (7-4, 3.84 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (6-5, 3.74 ERA)
Time: 4:10, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 85
Three in a row, Phils. Keep it going!
In last night’s victory, there was quite a power display from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. There’s nothing like a little boost in the ‘ole slugging percentage, and hopefully the middle of the order can continue to show off their power against Kevin Slowey. Slowey, like Nick Blackburn, is not exactly overpowering, therefore there could be more crooked numbers today.
Cole Hamels will try for his seventh win of the season. His win-loss record does not reflect the way he has pitched because of the lack of run support at times. Hamels has shown signs of returning to his 2008 form, however he still tends to get plagued by the long ball. Hamels has already allowed 14 home runs this year, and the Twins have plenty of hitters who are capable of going yard.
Luckily, Joe Mauer (.271 in June) and Justin Morneau (.204 in June) are not as hot with the bat as they can be. Despite still having great offensive numbers, they are both in a little bit of a funk, compared to some of the numbers they have put up throughout their careers.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: If you’re interested as to why Scott Mathieson was put on waivers today instead of being optioned directly to the minors, here’s an explanation.
Your Gameday Beer– Konigshoeven Blond Trappist Ale
Tonight’s beer comes from the De Koningshoeven Brewery, a Dutch Trappist brewery. It is the only producer of Trappist beer outside of Belgium. Run inside an abbey, the monks get the water for the beer from five 200-metre deep wells on the grounds. La Trappe Blond is one of their many offerings. This Pale Ale is bitter and sweet like fruit candy, but less sweet by comparison to the more popular Leffe Blonde. – By Brian