The Phillies return to action Tuesday to face the visiting Astros after an off-day that, if they're anything like me, they spent still feeling pissed about Sunday's 10-inning loss to the Cubs. Adam Eaton takes the mound for his third start of the season, after getting flipped with Kyle Kendrick to stay on his normal rest and get on track to face the Mets Sunday in the finale of this nine-game homestand. Eaton credits his good start to restored health after a more vigorous off-season workout plan. For his career, he's 3-1 with a 4.42 ERA in six starts against Houston.
After their offseason overhaul, the Astros come to town with a 5-8 record, last in the NL Central and four games behind division-leading St. Louis. Tonight, Ed Wade's team--man, that's weird to write--sends to the mound Shawn Chacon, back in a starting role after bullpen stints in 2004 and again last season. Command is always Chacon's problem; he's averaged 4.7 walks per 9 innings through his career, and has issued eight free passes in 12 IP thus far in 2008. The Phillies' 54 walks are fourth in the NL, led by Pat Burrell's 12 and Ryan Howard's 11.
The teams split last year's season series with three wins apiece.