Houston vs. Milwaukee, 7:10 pm (CT)
Today's game will be the first of six straight games against teams from the NL Central. The Brewers and Cubs still lack that foreign feeling generated by 9:00 pm start times on the west coast.
The Brewers are led by their offense in 2013, with the fifth best batting average (.261) and the second best slugging percentage (.451) in the National League. They are also at the top of the NL in triples (29) and have the third highest number of stolen bases (50) thus far. On the flip side, the Brewers are last in the NL in walks drawn (161). To top it off, Ryan Braun is on the 15-Day disabled list with a right thumb injury.
As for the Milwaukee pitching staff, they have allowed the highest number of runs (319) and home runs (86) in the NL. Aflredo Figaro has stepped in while Chris Narveson and Marco Estrada are on the shelf. Figaro has been up and down in his three starts this season, collecting a 4.15 ERA. He pitched 7 scoreless innings in Miami in his most recent start. In his career, Figaro has made one start in Houston, giving up 7 earned runs over 6 innings - as a member of the Tigers in 2009. No current Astros hitter has an at-bat against Figaro in their careers.
Jordan Lyles will toe the rubber today for the Astros, coming off an impressive streak of pitching at least five innings and allowing two runs over less in 6 straight starts. In 5 career starts against the Brewers, Lyles is 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA. That includes a complete-game shutout in his last start of 2012. Rickie Weeks is 4-for-12 against Lyles in his career, with a 2 home runs and four runs batted in.