After a good series win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Phils have the first place Arizona Diamonbacks to tangle with before the first half comes to a close. While Pat Burrell won’t be joining Chase Utley and Brad Lidge in the Bronx for the All-Star Game (a shame, but who cares, really?), we can all take solace in the fact his OBP dipped below .400 just twice this season (the second and third games of the year). And we can all congratulate Ryan Howard. His 27 HR and 83 RBI make him the best player not to make an All-Star team. Ever. Yeah, these All-Star Games are a sham.
Those offensive stars will face Doug Davis, who had his longest outing of the season last time out against the light-hitting Padres. Hopefully he’ll go the way of Braden Looper, who barely went six against the Phils yesterday. Kyle Kendrick is the other pitcher on the hill. He has gone six in four of his last five outings.
Phillies: Kyle Kendrick (8-3) 4.39 ERA
Diamondbacks: Doug Davis (3-4) 3.74 ERA
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 84, sunny
Your gamenight beer: Today’s recommendation is one from the Isles. It’s Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale. It’s a decidedly British beer, very detailed and specific in its ingredients. A little bitter, but very fine and easy to take in. It goes well with some curry rice and chicken. Delicious.