With a history of making trades with each other, there's always a ring of familiarity when the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies play each other. On Monday night, Houston opens up a two-game set against Hunter Pence and the Phillies.
The Astros have started to tumble down the standings again after a decent start. They have dropped their last two games, and now sit at 15-19, a game above last place in the NL Central.
On Monday, they will hope to get a strong outing from Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.58 ERA), who has failed to go six innings in either of his last two starts. He'll face off against Joe Blanton (3-3, 3.24 ERA). Only Carlos Lee has even had an RBI against the Phillies' 31-year-old right-hander.
First pitch is at 6:05 CT, and the game can be seen on Fox Sports Houston.