New York Mets (39-41) at Philadelphia Phillies (41-37)
Johan Santana (9-6, 3.34) vs. Joe Blanton (4-4, 5.08)
Time: 1:35 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 80
TV: MY PHL17
Twitter: Phillies Nation
The Phillies go for a sweep against the Mets this afternoon. In the final game of the series, Johan Santana faces Joe Blanton.
Santana has been struggling– for Johan Santana. He has lost three of his last four games, including his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers where he allowed five earned runs. In his career against the Phillies, Santana is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA. In his last start against the Phillies, he gave up five runs on four home runs.
Blanton is 1-0 in his career against the Mets. In 21 innings, he allowed only five earned runs and Mets batters are hitting .213 against him. Joe Blanton is even batting 1.000 against Santana (1-for1).
Jimmy Rollins is 3-for6 against Santana this season. Ryan Howard is batting .350 with 3 home runs against Santana in his career.
Your Gameday Beer:Today’s beer is A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. On the biggest beer-selling holiday of the year, we’re going with a new brew from Lagunitas. Just released in May of this year, this American Pale Wheat Ale is perfect for yet another BBQ to wrap up the weekend. The citrus scent and hoppy flavor are strong but not overwhelming as you might suspect from a Pale Ale. Grill some lemon-flavored chicken and corn to go with this summer sumpin’ sumpin’. – By Brian