Astros Vs. Phillies: Familiar Faces Square Off In Philadelphia

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 25: Pitcher Lucas Harrell #64 of the Houston Astros throws against the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park on September 25, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Astros head to Philadelphia to take on Hunter Pence and the struggling Phillies.

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.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Philadelphia Phillies news and info can be found at The Good Phight, and all your MLB news is over at Baseball Nation.

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