Gameday 2009

Gameday: Phillies (51-38) vs. Cubs (47-43)

Chicago Cubs (47-43) at Philadelphia Phillies (51-38)

Ted Lilly (9-6, 3.18 ERA) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.18 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Cloudy
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The Phillies had an incredible 9-1 homestand the last time they were home. This homestand will be tougher, but the Phillies have been unstoppable for the past couple weeks, winning eight straight.

Both teams will keep a close eye on both their starters. Ted Lilly was pushed back from Saturday’s start with inflammation in his left knee. Rogrido Lopez hasn’t pitched in 11 days and he left his last start with right-shoulder inflammation.

Lopez’s spot in the rotation is in jeopardy as Pedro Martinez takes steps closer to the big leagues. Lopez allowed eight runs in 4.2 innings in his only career start against the Cubs.

Lilly is coming off his 100th career win. Most of his success has come at home. At Wrigley Field, Lilly has a 1.18 ERA; on the road it is 4.66. Against the Phillies in his career, Lilly is 1-3 with a 4.88 earned run average (4.66 at Citizens Bank Park).

Sweaty Betty BlondeYour Gameday Beer– Sweaty Betty Blonde
This beer is bananas. No, it’s not a banana beer, but it has hints of musty banana bread which believe it or not is a good thing. It’s another good summer beer, an American Pale Wheat Ale that will remind you of a Belgian White. It finishes a little rough, so drink it fast but take some time to enjoy fried chicken with it. – By Brian


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