Houston Astros (55-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (70-54)
Bud Norris, RHP (6-7, 5.23 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (7-10, 3.51 ERA)
Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy/Rain, 65
TV: MyPHL 17
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The Band is back, as @Jwerthsbeard put it on twitter. The full lineup that started the year, that was supposed to stay healthy and tear the NL a new one, is finally in order. Only eight times this season has this lineup card seen the light of day.
I know many of you are still pissed off about last night, and rightfully so. Things could have gone differently. However, the Phillies need to put that in their rear view and win these next three games. Anything less than 3-out-of-4 here would be a loss. Will the tides change?
They need to hope they do change, because Cole Hamels is on the mound tonight. We all know what that means – the offense doesn’t score for him. In fact, it’s been three whole games since they’ve given Cole a run in a start. My prediction: they unload on Bud Norris tonight for at least 9 runs. Anything less would be uncivilized!
Today’s lineup: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Victorino CF, Ruiz C, Hamels P .
Your gamenight beer: Shiner Bock
The Phils need to give the Stros a shiner tonight after last night’s wicked defeat. Shiner Bock is a Texas-brewed beverage made by the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. It wasn’t until a few decades ago that Shiner began producing Bock year-round. Bock was considered a lent beer, and therefore was only made around that season. Taste it tonight. It’s OK. -By Pat
– By Pat