Today the Brewers begin the second series of their three city road trip. The defending champion Phillies are off to a rough start, similar to that of the Crew. While the Crew has been troubled by pitching some games and then hitting the next, for the Phillies pitching has clearly been the problem. Their staff ERA ranks the worst in MLB. The ballpark in Philadelphia is a joke. I could probably hit a home run in that park. Ok, not really, but you catch my drift. I really hope that we can get the bats going. It’s a must eventually and there is no better time then the present. I also love the fact that Manny Parra is going in the opener. The Phillies best hitters, Rollins, Utley, Ibanez, Victorino and Howard all bat left handed, at least primarily if they are switch hitters. I am really looking for Manny to set the table for the series. He needs to get off to a good start and let the offense take it form there. Looper and Bush will follow on Wednesday and Thursday, so I like our chances for our first series win of the year if Parra can get it done tonight. Here’s the preview:
Because of the rainout for the Phillies yesterday, they will start Jamie Moyer today and push Joe Blanton back to tomorrow. I think this could be really good for the Brewers. Moyer is 92 years old and throws a fastball of 64 mph. Ok, these are obviously exaggerated numbers, but you get the point. He is old and throws soft. Neither of Moyer’s starts have been good this year, so hopefully this continues. The Crew just needs to sit back, be patient and punish the ball. As mentioned above, Manny Parra takes the bump for the Crew. Manny pitched much better his second time out, just making one mistake. He took the tough luck loss, getting no offensive support. After being so pessimistic on Sunday and the Brewers coming through with a win, I was thinking of doing the same again. However, I just really have a good feeling about tonight. If I jinx it, I’m sorry. Go Crew!