Hunter Pence is mired in a difficult slump for a Philadelphia Phillies club that hasn't won consecutive games in two weeks.
Facing his former team may help get him - and the Phillies - back on track.
Philadelphia seeks its fifth win in the last seven meetings with the Houston Astros when it hosts the opener of a two-game set Monday night.
Pence was acquired in a trade from Houston on July 30 and helped the Phillies win their fifth straight NL East title last season. The start of 2012, though, hasn't gone as well for Pence nor Philadelphia.
He hit .316 with three homers and four doubles during a nine-game hitting streak from April 28-May 6, but he hasn't had nearly the same success since.
Pence is 2 for 23 (.087) with a homer and a triple over his last six games after going 0 for 4 in Sunday's 3-2 win over San Diego, dropping his season average to .243.
"The way he approaches hitting, he will always swing at some balls out of the strike zone," manager ...