After dropping a close one to the Padres last night, the Phillies will look to take the series win today behind Cole Hamels, who is riding a great season so far in his contract year. There has been some whispers that the Phillies have had some talks with the Blue Jays about Hamels, and Ruben Amaro Jr. even said that the Phillies could become sellers at the trading deadline. If these talks and rumors have any merit whatsoever, Hamels’ days in Philadelphia may be numbered. And that makes me sad.
Getting back to the baseball side of things, Hamels is nearly untouchable to these Padres hitters. Collectively, they have only posted a .194/.235/.302 slash line. Cameron Maybin has had the most success against him, collecting seven hits in twenty-two at-bats, including three doubles and a triple.
For the Padres, Jeff Suppan will take the mound, and he’s only given up one earned run in ten innings this year. However, the Phillies have pretty good numbers against him, with Hunter Pence leading the way with a .412/.545/1.000 slash line against him, with three of his seven hits being home runs. The numbers favor the Phillies, but like most games this year, that won’t mean a thing when the two teams take the field.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Mayberry 1B, Galvis 2B, Schneider C, (Hamels P)
Your gameday beer: Pete’s Brown Ale
Pete’s Brown Ale is a beer from the Bear Republic Beer Co. in California. It’s made with molasses and brown sugar, so it’s bitter, slow and thick. Eat a steak with a sweet potato with this one. – By Brian