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Philadelphia Phillies (77-54) at Houston Astros (63-70).
Cliff Lee (12-10, 2.83 ERA) starts vs. Wandy Rodriguez (12-9, 2.93 ERA).
Coming off a 4-2 home stand, the Phillies head to Houston to take on the Astros. The Astros sit in fourth place in the National League Central. The Phillies offense is due to come alive; they averaged only 1.8 runs per game during their six game homecoming.
Lately, the Phillies have been apart of many pitchers' duels. Tonight might not be any different. Lee is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the Phillies. However, he will try to rebound from his worst start since joining the team.
Wandy Rodriguez has been a pleasant surprise this season. A career .500 pitcher, he has a 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and strikes out 8.3 batters per nine. He was the National League Pitcher of the Month in July, when he posted a 0.75 ERA. Perhaps he is starting to return to his old form, because he posted a 4.00 ERA in August. Rodriguez is 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA in three career appearances against the Phillies.
Raul Ibanez will be given the day off. Ben Francisco will start in left field.