philadelphia phillies at Houston Astros
The Philadelphia Phillies are going to take on the Houston Astros tonight in the first of the three game series between the two teams in Houston. The Astros and Phillies have both been decent this season. The Phillies sit at exactly .500 and the Astros are only slightly above .500. Both of the teams are starting pitchers that are supposed to be extremely good but have been struggling on the bump so far this season. So, the question is, which pitcher is going to overcome their early season underperformances and show up tonight.
Aaron Nola is starting on the bump tonight for the Phillies. He started the season with three shitters losing all three giving up an average of 4 runs and 6.66 hits per game. In his last two starts he has also given up three runs, but he has been doing slightly better by only giving up 4.5 hits in each of those matchups. Nola is supposed to be a star for the Phillies, but he needs to start showing up if the Phillies are going to be able to turn their season around a little bit. Framber Valdez is on the mound tonight for the Astros. He has also been less than impressive even though he is supposed to be one of the best pitchers in the lineup. Valdez has given up three or more runs in 3 of his 5 starts and has given up 6 or more hits in those games as well.
With all of this being said I don’t know who is going to win this game. Both of these teams have been great in some games this season and have been abysmal in others. The good news is that I do think I have a winner here. Both pitchers have been struggling and both will struggle again tonight.
Hammer: Hou/PHI o7.5
Sprinkle: Kyle Schwarber o0.5 hits