Phillies v. Astros
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 5-5
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 34-18 when getting on the board first but just 15-45 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 2-51 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 39-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 28-25 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 33-16 when out-hitting opponents but 10-41 when getting outhit.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 430-313.
- Philadelphia has lost their last eight Interleague games dating back to April 1st.
- Tonight Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins will start their 887th career game together setting a new Major League record for games started together by players at those positions.
Place: 4th in AL West
Last 10: 5-5
- Houston is 277-289 all-time against the Phillies but 16-12 at Citizens Bank Park.
- The Astros have won their last two games against the Phillies but were 0-2 in their last series at Citizens Bank Park in 2012 and have lost five straight overall in Philadelphia dating back to April 1st, 2011.
- Houston has not won four games in a row since they won seven straight back in May.
- Former-Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton, who was trade to Houston from Philadelphia in July 2011 for Hunter Pence, will make his debut against his former organization. Singleton has four home runs over his last eight games.
10-7, 2.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP
Keuchel, 26, threw a complete game allowing one run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts against the A's. In one career start against the Phillies, Keuchel threw 5.1 shutout innings allowing five hits and four walks with no strikeouts. He has never started at Citizens Bank Park.
5-11, 4.92 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
Kendrick, 29, allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Mets. In six career games (four starts) against the Astros, Kendrick is 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. In 108 career games (91 starts) at Citizens Bank Park, Kendrick is 36-35 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.