Philadelphia really needs some home cooking to continue after beating the San Diego Padres two out of three over the weekend. The Phillies are 16-19, bad enough for dead last in the NL East.
After Houston, Philly travels to Chicago to take on the hapless Cubs, so perhaps a chance to get over .500 lays ahead this week.
Joe Blanton takes the mound for the Phillies tonight. Blanton has pitched very well, with a 3-3 record but a sterling 3.24 ERA so far. However in his last start he gave up four earned runs in six and two third innings opposing the Mets after pitching a complete game shutout against Atlanta.
Lucas Harrell will be on the bump for Houston. The 26-year-old has had a rough start to the campaign, with a 4.58 ERA but a respectable 2-2 mark.
In his last start he pitched in a 5-2 loss where he gave up three runs (two earned) in five and a third innings against Miami.
The Phillies will have to get something going against Harrell which could be a problem considering how awful the offense has been all year.
Time: 7:05 p.m. ET