Lineup: Galvis SS/Hernandez 2B/Herrera CF/Franco 3B/Howard 1B/Rupp C/Hunter LF/Bourjos RF/Velasquez P
Notes for today:
Velasquez, who makes his first Phillies start Saturday, went 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA in 55.2 innings last season with Houston. Last season his performance dramatically fell after getting two outs in an inning (.265/.315/.44, 11 XBH) while his strikeout ratio soared (6 strikeouts per walk).
Franco is back in the lineup after getting hit in the elbow Thursday in Cincinnati; he’s the Phils’ best hitter this year, with an early 1.162 OPS.
Colon can tie Pedro Martinez at 219 for second-most wins among Dominican-born pitchers (Juan Marichal ). He pitched on opening night for the Mets and gets his first start this season. Last year he went 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA, 136 strikeouts and 24 walks. The 217 hits he surrendered last year were, however, most in the National League.
Your Gameday Beer: Tim will be at Citi Field tonight in the shivering cold, probably hoping to score a Billy 18 Watt from SingleCut Beersmiths, a pretty awesome brewery just a hop, skip and jump away from the park (Astoria, Queens, New York City). SingleCut’s brewery – in a brick building across from a shopping center – is a great place to hang, filled with great classic rock vinyls and fun board games. Spend some time there with a Billy 18 Watt, a hoppy but sessionable brew at just 5% ABV. Cheers!