Phillies vs. Astros preview

Posted: October 01, 2009

7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Ticket info: The Phillies had about 1,500 tickets available.

Astros RHP Felipe Paulino (2-11, 6.51) vs. Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (14-12, 3.19 overall; 7-3, 3.28 with Phillies)

Astros update: Paulino, 25, is making his 17th start of the season for the Astros. He has allowed 20 home runs in 92 2/3 innings pitched .... Paulino is coming off an outing in which he allowed eight runs in five innings of a 10-4 loss to the Reds. He has allowed 12 runs in 11 innings in his last two starts ... The Astros have lost the last 10 games in which Paulino has pitched, dating back to July 3. Paulino has been charged with the loss in his last five starts ... Paulino has never faced the Phillies.

After going 5-0 with a 0.68 ERA in his first five starts with the Phillies, Cliff Lee is 2-3 with a 6.35 ERA in his last six. One of those starts came on Sept. 4 in Houston, when the Astros scored six runs on nine hits in three innings off him . . . In his last outing, Lee allowed seven runs on nine hits in an 8-4 loss to the Brewers ... Lee was originally scheduled to pitch yesterday, but was moved back today, partly to accommodate the return of Pedro Martinez, partly to give him an extra day of rest, and partly to shorten the break between his last regular season start and his first postseason start. Lee will have 5 days off before Game 1 of the NLDS and 6 days off before Game 2.

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