Friday, April 1, 2011
Astros at Phillies: April 1st through April 3rd
Friday 1:05, Saturday 7:05, Sunday 1:35
Records: Phillies 0-0, Tied for 2nd Place in NL East, 1/2 game behind the Braves; Astros 0-0, Tied for 2nd Place in NL Central, 1/2 game behind the Reds
First Game: The Phillies defeated the Houston Colt .45's by a score of 3-2 back on April 13, 1962, in the first meeting of these two franchises. Phillies pitcher Jack Hamilton pitched a complete game for the win, scattering seven hits while striking out six. Former Phillie Turk Farrell took the loss for the Colts. Tony Gonzalez tripled and homered in the victory.
Know Your Astros: Manager - Brad Mills, in his second year as manager
Starters - Humberto Quintero (c), Brett Wallace (1b), Bill Hall (2b), Chris Johnson (3b), Angel Sanchez (ss), Carlos Lee (lf), Michael Bourn (cf) and Hunter Pence (rf)
Rotation - Brett Myers (rhp), Wandy Rodriguez (lhp), J.A. Happ (lhp), Bud Norris (rhp), Nelson Figueroa (rhp)
Bench - J.R. Towles (c), Matt Downs (inf), Jason Bourgeois (of), Joe Inglett (of), Jason Michaels (of)
Closer - Brandon Lyon (rhp)
Bullpen - Fernando Abad (lhp), Enerio Del Rosario (rhp), Jell Fulchino (rhp), Wilton Lopez (rhp), Mark Melancon (rhp), Aneury Rodriguez (rhp)
Disabled List - Alberto Arias (rhp), Clint Barmes (inf), Jason Castro (c) and Jeff Keppinger (inf)
At the Ballpark: There's good swag to be had this weekend. On Friday, all fans receive a 2010 National League East Champions pennant. Kids receive a Roy Halladay baseball and collectible tin on Saturday and Sunday is schedule magnet day.
And yes, I've updated the old, beloved Fleer team hat stickers for each series preview post this season.
Astros Probables: Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez, J.A. Happ
Phillies Probables: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt