San Francisco Giants (52-41) at Philadelphia Phillies (41-53)
Matt Cain (10-3, 2.56) vs. Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07)
The contract talks and trade rumors haven’t died down for Cole Hamels. All he can do today is pitch, as today’s game is expected to be a pitcher’s duel. Today’s matchup might come down to whoever can score first with these two aces on the mound. Hamels has been the Phillies’ most reliable starter this season, and they need him to stop their two-game losing streak.
Matt Cain has been one of the best pitchers in the majors this season. He has 124 strikeouts in 126.2 innings, which is an average of 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He has the best WHIP in the National League (0.955). Opponents are hitting just .210 against him.
Cain has been a little shaky in his last three outings, going 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA. Although he has been in a little “slump,” his numbers during that 19.2 innings stretch are still respectable. The All Star is having an incredible year, so the Phillies’ offense needs to be up for the challenge.
LINEUP: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ruiz C, Pence RF, Pierre LF, Fontenot 3B, Hamels P
Your gameday beer: Budweiser Budvar. Wait, a good Budweiser? This one is a Czech pilsner, so good luck finding it. But hey, it’s a cool summer lager you can enjoy with any summer fare. I’d go with pizza tonight. — By Tim