Cliff Lee (1-5, 3.98) vs. Christian Friedrich (4-6, 5.98)
The second half of the season is underway! In recent history, the Phillies have been known to be a second half team. They have to start playing good baseball immediately if they want any shot at getting into the postseason. Playing against the Rockies could be a good start, especially since the Rockies have a worse record than the Phillies.
Cliff Lee is coming off his first win of the year. Lee needs to put his first half behind, and put together a nice streak of wins. Lee will be opposed by rookie Christian Friedrich, who has struggled in most of his starts.
The Rockies are without Troy Tulowitzki, who had surgery in mid-June. However, All Star Carlos Gonzalez is having a tremendous year, batting .330 with a .967 OPS. In addition, Todd Helton is always a threat.
Your Gameday Beer – Coors Original
In the spirit of this mile-high series, sip on a can of original Coors as you witness the Phillies hit the road. The “Banquet Beer,” as it’s known, is 5 percent ABV and is the oldest of the Coors beers. Buy a six-pack, eat some steak and potatoes with it, and be sure to dispose of the cans by stepping on them, just as the Phils will hopefully do to the Rockies tonight. – By Pat