Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.24 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) gets his fourth start for the Phillies coming off of a four inning rough patch in the second game of the Phillies double header with the Rockies. Cloyd got a no-decision and the Phillies won the game but Cloyd allowed four runs on eight hits Sunday night. The Phillies righty got his first MLB win last Monday against the Reds as he went seven innings allowing just one run on four hits. The Phillies have won each of his last two starts.
Lucas Harrell (10-9, 3.83 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) is coming off of three straight no decisions but the Astros are 2-1 in those games. Harrell allowed three runs on seven hits against the Reds last Friday as the Astros won the game 5-3. Harrell has faced the Phillies once this season in May at Citizens Bank Park. Allowing three runs on five hits in just 5.2, Harrell got the loss. The big righthander throws hard but has a propensity to give up walks so look for the Phillies to see some pitches tonight. He is responsible for about 22% of the team’s wins (10 of 45).
The Phillies have historically struggled against the Astros late in the season and at Minute Maid Park as a whole. They are 17-24 all-time at Minute Maid which is their third lowest win percentage (.415) behind San Francisco’s AT&T Park (.400) and Pittsburgh’s PNC Park (.368). As much as Jimmy Rollins has frustrated fans this season with his lackadaisical play and nonchalant attitude, he has been productive during the Phillies recent surge. Over the last 19 games, Rollins is hitting .324 with five home runs and 15 RBI as the Phillies have won 15 of those 19 games. The Phillies boast the third best winning percentage in the National League (.625) since the All-Star Break, behind just the Reds (.678) and Nationals (.667).
On the flip side, the Astros have had a tough season and it all went further downhill after the All-Star Break. The Astros are a league worst 12-45 since the All-Star Break. Unfortunately as the Astros head to the American league next year, they will still have to play their home games at Minute Maid Park. The Astros have just 29 wins at home this year and only five since the All-Star Break. It is so bad that the Cincinnati Reds have five wins at Minute Maid since the All-Star Break in just six games. The Phillies just need to be on guard and not set themselves up for a letdown against hapless Houston.
1. Rollins SS
2. Pierre LF
3. Utley 2B
4. Howard 1B
5. Mayberry CF
6. Brown RF
7. Frandsen 3B
8. Kratz C
9. Cloyd P
First pitch is slated for 8:05 pm. The game can be seen on PHL17 and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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