HOUSTON, TX - MAY 02: Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros high fives Carlos Lee #45 after defeating the New York Mets on May 2, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets 8-1. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Astros will host red-hot division leader St. Louis, looking to defend their World Championship with a commanding NL Central lead.
The Houston Astros will host the St. Louis Cardinals for a series that will mark 27 consecutive division games for the visiting Cardinals, who have used that scheduling quirk to take a commanding lead in the NL Central. Lucas Harrell gets the nod for Houston to open to the series against hot veteran Kyle Lohse.
Center fielder Jordan Schafer's on-base streak is still intact - he took a walk in the first inning on Wednesday to bring the total to 24 games - but he left the game early with back pain.
Date / Time: Friday, May 4th, 7:05 p.m. CT
Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Houston
Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010
Probable Starters: Lucas Harrell (1-2) vs. Kyle Lohse (4-0)