Thursday, May 21, 2009

Series Preview: Phils/Yanks

It’s going to be one hell of a Memorial Day weekend for Phils this year! The team is traveling up the Garden State Parkway to take on the f’n Yankees in new f’n Yankee Stadium. It should be a good series. The Yanks half rattled off nine straight wins and the Phils have been playing solid ball lately too. I’m pumped.

Who is going to DH for the Phils this weekend? They are set to face two lefties in Pettite and Sabathia, so I’m thinking maybe Bruntlett or Coste. I doubt Coste would DH just in case something were to happen to my boy Chooch – who else is a possibility for Saturday and Sunday?

Now on to the series preview….

Friday: Brett Myers, RHP (3-2, 4.50) vs. AJ Burnett, RHP (2-1, 5.02)

Pitching Matchup: Brett Myers pitched seven strong innings against the Nationals in his last start - eight K’s and only three hits allowed. The Phils hope he can keep it going against the Yanks on Friday night where he’ll be up against AJ Burnett. In Burnett’s last start he gave up just two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Twins. He has not won in six starts, however, and hopefully the Fightins can keep that streak alive. It looks to be a fairly even pitching matchup. Prediction: Phils win. Probably not the smartest prediction considering Myers’ sick fascination with giving up HR’s. Prediction II: Myers cries like a bitch after the game – win or lose – because of the ballpark.

Saturday: J.A. Happ, LHP (2-0, 2.49) vs. Andy Pettite, LHP (4-1, 4.18)

Pitching Matchup: J.A. Happ makes his first start of the season Saturday after Chan Ho Park was demoted to the bullpen earlier in the week. Happ has pitched well in his 12 bullpen appearances this year, but making your first start in Yankee Stadium is some serious pressure. Happ will face off against admitted juicer and “misrememberer” Andy Pettite. Pettite is having a decent year so far. He picked up the win in his last outing against the Twins in spite of giving up four runs on 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings. This is certainly a tough matchup for Happ in his first appearance as a starter; I don’t see it ending well. Prediction: Phils lose. Prediction II: I get hammered watching this game and flip out because his name is spelled J.A. and pronounced Jay. What an asshole.

Sunday: Cole Hamels, LHP (2-2, 4.95) vs. CC Sabathia, LHP (4-3, 3.43)

Pitching Matchup: In the most anticipated game of the weekend, Cole Hamels goes up against CC Sabathia. Hamels is 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last four starts and is looking like the World Series MVP again after some freak injuries plagued the beginning of the season. Sabathia is also pitching well as of late, he gave up one run on three hits in 7 innings in his last start. Sabathia, as we all remember, got has ass handed to him by the Phils in the NLDS last year, giving up five runs in 3 2/3 innings. In a related story, Brett Myers reportedly will be DH’ing in this game. Prediction: Phils win.

Go Phils!


  1. One thing I do know is that Meyers' wife better start running if Meyers pitches poorly

  2. Good call about the Clemens/Pettite story, I misremembered all about that. CC is still having nightmares about Victo's game 2 salami.

    Myers is going to get shelled tomorrow night against the Yanks and most likely hammered afterwards at da clubs - Happ will stifle the bats on Saturday, which I will be in attendence and plan on being on my best behavior. CC vs Hamels should be a beaut Clark.

  3. Think Mayberry could be called up to DH against the lefties?

  4. That's true. I'd like to see Mayberry get the call.