Philadelphia Phillies (36-46) vs. New York Mets (44-37)
Cliff Lee (0-5, 4.13) vs. Chris Young (2-1, 3.30)
Happy Independence Day! There’s nothing like celebrating the Fourth of July by watching America’s past time.
Once again, Cliff Lee is looking for his first victory. There have been times when the bullpen blew the lead or the offense couldn’t score enough runs, but recently Lee hasn’t pitched well to deserve a win. In each of his last three starts, he has surrendered five runs or more. His earned run average is 5.68 in his last eight starts. Looking at his stats throughout his career, July has always been his worst month, posting a 4.41 ERA. Hopefully Lee can break the trend and turn things around.
Chris Young missed most of the 2011 campaign with an arm injury. Young has made five starts since he was called up on June 5, and he has looked good so far. He had a career year in 2007, posting a 3.12 ERA with the San Diego Padres, but has been plagued with injuries since. The Mets are giving him a chance to prove that he still has something left in the tank.
Your Gameday Beer: Happy Independence Day, Americans! Today’s beer is Amber Waves Amber Lager. This brew is from the Red Star Brewery and Grill just outside of Pittsburgh. It’s a tasty Amber that makes for easy drinking. It’s not a particularly delicious beer, nor one that is widely available, but it does fit the occasion in honoring our great land. Drink it outside with whatever you’re grilling. -By Brian