PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Mills sat behind the visiting manager's desk at Citizens Bank Park before Monday night's game and shrugged his shoulders. When it comes to Tuesday's starter in an afternoon tilt against the Phillies, there remain too many variables to announce a starter and, for now, everyone is in a holding pattern.
One of those variables, understandably, was a weather pattern that suggested Tuesday will be not only a battle against Philadelphia, but the weather as well, and with roster moves pending, a decision most likely wouldn't come until after Monday night's contest.
"I'm getting ready," the manager joked as he warmed up his right arm. "Well, there are so many things that are going into this. We have to make a corresponding move and we're just not ready to do anything yet."
The educated guess remains Jordan Lyles, who is on schedule to start on Tuesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 22-year old right-hander is 5-0 with a 3.49 ERA with the RedHawks and has just eight walks in 38 2/3 innings of work.
The Astros don't have to make a decision until just before the 12:05 p.m. CT start, which appears to be in danger due to rain.