Houston Astros (66-33) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (34-63), July 25, 2017, 6:05 p.m. CT
RHP Charlie Morton (7-4, 4.18 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .303 BABIP, 3.75 xFIP) vs. RHP Nick Pivetta (3-5, 5.58 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, .296 BABIP, 4.73 xFIP)
The Houston Astros again flexed their muscles on Monday night even with a long rain delay. Now the Astros send out former Phillie RHP Charlie Morton to start game two.
Morton was traded in 2015 for RHP David Whitehead from the Pirates to the City of brotherly love. Morton only made four starts before needing hamstring surgery.
Morton has dealt with injuries for the Astros as well, he had a right lat strain in May and return to the rotation in July. Morton is 2-1 with a 4.58 ERA in three starts during July. Morton had a quality start to open the month and in his most recent starts, he has allowed eight earned runs over 11 2⁄3 innings.
Morton is 1-3 with an 8.22 ERA in five starts against the Phillies in his career. He is 1-2 with a 5.66 ERA in four career starts at Citizens Bank Park.
Andres Blanco (0x3), Howie Kendrick (2x8), and Daniel Nava (1x2) have career at-bats against Morton. Nava has a double in two-bats.
Nick Pivetta is in his rookie season, he is 2-1 with a 5.92 ERA in four starts during the month of July. He has allowed four earned runs over his first 14 innings in his two starts and allowed 12 runs over his last 10 1⁄3 innings.
No Astro has a major league at-bat aginst Pivetta.