Still in Houston.
The Phillies (27-23) will conclude their four games trip to Houston by playing two more games against the Astros (28-22, 3rd National League Central) tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Tonight’s game will be played at Minute Maid Park, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (2-5, 5.76), who, although pitching well, came up with the lost in the Phils’ 4-0 lost to the Nationals. In that game, he would pitch six innings, giving up only three earned runs on eight hits. Myers has lost four of his five starts for the Phils, while getting a no-decision in his other start, which the Phils also lost. Career wise, he is 3-2 against the Astros, with a 4.91 ERA, in seven starts. One of his victories over the Astros came earlier this year as he received the victory in the Phils’ 10-2 win against the Astros back on April 17. In that game, he would pitch seven innings, giving up only one earned run on five hits. It was after this game that he began to have his pitching troubles. Hopefully he will improve on his last start, and improve his record with a victory. His opponent will be Brian Moehler (1-1, 4.76), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on May 19, where he went only five innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits in the Astros’ 7-2 lost. This will probably be his last start, as the Astros are expected to reactive Wandy Rodriguez next week. He hopes to improve his record with a win against the Phillies.
The final game of the Phillies’ trip to Houston, and of their seven games road trip, will be played tomorrow afternoon in Minute Maid Park. The game will start at 2:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter for that game will be Cole Hamel (5-3, 2.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 20. In that game, he would give up no runs on four hits while striking out eleven, which the Phils would eventually win 1-0. Hamels has not given up a run in his last nineteen innings, going back to the last three innings of his start against the Giants on May 9. Hamels has won three of his last five starts, with the Phils winning all five. His career record against the Astros is 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA. He hopes to throw up some more goose eggs while trying to improve his record and continue to lower his ERA. The Astros will be sending to the mound Chris Sampson (3-3, 5.91), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on May 20, when he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, in the Astros’ 4-2 win. He has won two of his last four starts, pitching well in his wins and getting knocked around in his two no-decisions. Lifetime against the Phillies he is 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA in four games. He hopes to get his first career win against the Phils while improving his record.
The Phillies’ offense hope this time to supply both Myers and Hamels with some runs support, unlike they did during the two games that the pair have pitched in Washington, when they scored only one run in eighteen innings. They also hope to continue their hitting displays of Wednesday and Thursday night, when they knocked in nineteen runs on thirty hits.
After finishing their series in Houston, the Phils will go home to Citizens Bank Park, where they will begin a ten games home stand, starting on Monday with a three games series against the 2007 National League Champions Colorado Rockies.
The Phillies are trailing the Marlins by a game and a half, along with the Braves, who are leading them by .002 percentage points. Both the Phils and the Braves are leading the presently slumping Mets by four games. The Phillies plan on winning their final two games in Houston so that they can have both a winning series and a winning road trip.