Johnny Cueto (8-4, 2.69 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (4-5, 4.98 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 83
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation
The Phillies need to carry their momentum from the last series into the next. The Phillies will send out their ace, hoping he’ll be the ace he once was.
Cole Hamels has struggled in his last five starts, going 0-3 with a 6.18 ERA. However, Hamels loves facing the Cincinnati Reds. Hamels is 4-0 with 1.25 ERA and 0.94 WHIP against the Reds. In 36 innings, Reds hitters are batting .154 against him and struck out 37 times.
Johnny Cueto, who has recently had back problems, lost to the Phillies earlier in the year. He gave up four earned runs in seven innings, including a home run to Ryan Howard. Despite his back trouble, he pitched six shutout innings in his last start against Arizona.
Your Gameday Beer: Philadelphia Walt Wit
In honor of this weekend’s sweep at home and the beautiful weather we’re experiencing, we’re going with a summery Belgian White (Witbier) brewed by the Philadelphia Brewing Company. This hazy golden beer is currently on tap at the Grey Lodge. Walt Wit is brewed with fewer hops than most beers along with herbs which give it a musty scent with citrus and spice flavors. Of course it’s named after the Walt Whitman Bridge. Enough with the burgers and hot dogs, eat some shellfish with this one. -By Brian