Philadelphia Phillies (33-38) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (38-31)
Nothing like a rain delay/postponement to bring back some great memories between the Phillies and the Rays. Cole Hamels was probably sitting on the bench last night during the delay thinking ‘Man, they would have made me pitch.’
Instead, the game was called and it will be Kyle Kendrick, not Cliff Lee, starting today for the Phillies. The Phils will hold off on Lee, who will mostly likely take the hill tomorrow. Kendrick is 0-3 with a 9.00 in his last three starts. He has bad outings in bunches this season, so hopefully he snaps out of it today.
The Phillies took two out of the three in their last series against Rockies, but have dropped 13 of 18.
James Shields will pitch for the Rays, and he’s coming off two starts against the Marlins where he threw a combined fourteen innings, giving up just one earned run and twelve hits. In the two starts prior, however, he posted a 8.18 ERA.
Shields was the starting pitcher in the Rays lone win against the Phillies in the 2008 World Series.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Wigginton 1B, Polanco 3B, Mayberry CF, Martinez 2B, Kendrick P
Your Gameday Beer: The Phils playing a Florida team so we’ll go with a Florida beer. Landshark is brewed by Anheuser Busch and the new king of Florida, Jimmy Buffet. It seems to be a direct competitor to Corona – the beers look similar in appearance and are really only palatable when they’re ice cold and you’re burning in the sun. So if you’re lucky enough to be in that climate, have some spicy Thai food tonight. -By Brian