The Phillies can extend their NL Wild Card lead to a full game when they take on the rejuvenated Astros.
Trailing the Phillies by a full five games in the Wild Card, Houston (77-78) suddenly has their sights set on the Cardinals, who are spiraling out of control in the NL Central. The Astros are coming off a four-game sweep of the Cards with their 7-3 victory yesterday, and now trail the division-leaders by only 3.5 games.
The Phillies keep winning, but so to the Dodgers, who beat the Diamondbacks in the ninth inning yesterday. The Dodgers have Monday off before starting a three-game series at Colorado.
I’ve lost track of Randy Wolf’s unbeaten streak, but it’s a lot – something like 18 or 19 games. Wolf (4-0, 5.47 ERA) remained unbeaten with a 5 2-3 innings effort in a 6-4 win over the Astros on Sept. 17. The Astros counter with rookie right-hander Matt Albers (0-2, 6.00). Roger Clemens was originally slotted for today but was pushed forward to yesterday’s game with St. Louis.