Houston at Colorado, 7:40 PM CT
RHP Lucas Harrell (3-6, 5.43 ERA / 1.76 WHIP) vs. RHP Juan Nicasio (4-1 / 4.38 ERA / 1.40 WHIP)
Five of the six runs scored by Astros came in the sixth inning or later last night. It must have been some kind of dream. The Astros held the lead and had timely hitting - what is this world coming to?
Lucas Harrell will toe the rubber tonight for the Astros. I am certain that Mr. Harrell wants May to come to an end, he has an 8.22 ERA this month. The Astros right-hander is coming off a start against Oakland, were he couldn't get out of the second inning. Harrell retired the first three batters he faced in that game, but proceeded to allow six hits and walk three in one inning. Taking things on the road may be the best remedy for Harrell, he a 3.00 ERA in four starts on the road. Harrell made two starts against Colorado last season with a record of 1-1. In Colorado, Harrell gave up nine runs in five innings of work. Carlos Gonzalez is batting .500 with a homerun, while Tulo is 1-for-6 against Harrell.
Juan Nicasio has come a long way from being struck in the neck with a line drive in 2011. Nicasio returned to baseball against Houston in 2012, pitching seven innings of one run ball. In 2013, he has collected a 3.54 ERA in spacious Coors Field. Jose Altuve is 2-for-5 with an run batted in against Nicasico.