St. Louis Cardinals (61-52) at Philadelphia Phillies (51-61)
Jake Westbrook (11-8, 3.76) vs. Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.78)
Roy Halladay dominated and Chase Utley came up with the big hit to give the Phillies a victory to open the series. Even if the Phillies aren’t going to be in the postseason, it would be nice to end the season on a high note and play spoiler for possible contenders like the Cardinals.
Cliff Lee has been better during the second half of the season, but he still only has two wins. In his five starts after the All Star Break, Lee has a 3.25 ERA, but the most impressive stat may be that he only has four walks in his last 36 innings. Lee’s a strike thrower; he makes other teams beat him by hitting their way on.
Lineup: Rollins, Brown, Utley, Howard, Nix, Schierholtz, Frandsen, Kratz, Lee
Your gameday beer: Pacifico
Cerveza Pacifico Clara is the real name for this beer which was brewed by three German men in Mexico in 1900. In 1954 it was purchased by Modelo (you’ve heard of them, yes), which is now owned by Anheuser Busch. Seems like they own every beer. So I guess Pacifico is like the Bud of our neighbors to the south. Oh, well. — By Pat