With the nerves subsiding and players being able to concentrate on the task at hand rather than what city they could land in, it could spark at a bit of life into the two teams.
The Astros are 2-16 since the All-Star break, and the Brewers have lost nine of their past 11. Milwaukee hopes No. 1 starter Yovani Gallardo can give the club a jolt Tuesday night at Miller Park, while Houston hopes lefty Dallas Keuchel can get back on track.
Gallardo is facing the Astros for the second time this month, last throwing six innings of four-hit, one-run ball on July 6. He is 8-8 and is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this year.
He allowed seven runs to the Nationals -- one shy of his season-high -- in five innings. After going at least six innings in 17 of his first 19 starts, he failed to reach that mark in the last two.
"We just have to keep moving forward," said Gallardo after the start, which put the Brewers on a seven-game losing streak. "That's really all I can say."
Keuchel's made six Major League starts and began his career with three strong outings. But he has a 9.00 ERA since and took his third loss against the Pirates.
"I've had a lot of walks and coming into this start, I wanted to attack the zone more and make them swing the bat," said Keuchel, who did just that, but it resulted in three early homers by the Bucs.
The Astros ended a franchise-record 12-game losing streak Sunday and played tough Monday night before surrendering a three-run lead to the Brewers. Still, manager Brad Mills said he's happy with his team showing some fight.
"Any given day, this ballclub can put some things together," Mills said Monday. "And they've played real good baseball and beat some teams."
Brewers: Bullpen coach dismissed
After 11 seasons with Milwaukee, including four as bullpen coach, Stan Kyles was relieved of his duties Monday. The move came with the Brewers' bullpen owning a 4.80 ERA, the third-worst in the Majors, and a day after four relievers combined to allow nine runs over the final five innings of Sunday's 11-inning, 11-10 loss to Washington.
"It is important that we make every effort to try to improve our bullpen performance," general manager Doug Melvin said. "While Stan is not solely responsible, I felt that this change was the first step and was necessary."
Minor League pitching coordinator Lee Tunnell was named as a replacement.
All-Star left fielder Ryan Braun, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, got Monday off to receive treatment for blisters on his left hand. Nyjer Morgan got the start in left and hit a two-run homer in an 8-7 win.
"He's got some blisters on his hand that he's been fighting with for a few days now, and doesn't seem to be getting any better," manager Ron Roenicke said. "So we gave him a day."
Roenicke hopes Braun will return Tuesday.
Astros: Wallace happy with fan support, glad to be back
Brett Wallace was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday and joined the club for Monday's series opener. The move comes after the Astros traded Chris Johnson to the D-backs.
"It's awesome to have that support from the fans, and I'm excited to be back and looking forward to getting out there," Wallace said Monday. "Honestly, I just tried to keep my head down and keep working."
Wallace hit .300 with 16 homers and 57 RBIs in 86 games in Triple-A. He was inserted into the cleanup spot Monday and went 0-for-4.
The Astros have hit .292 off Brewers pitching this season, which is the second-highest batting average of any National League team against a division rival. The first belongs to the Cardinals, also against the Brewers (.306).
Gallardo is 11-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 13 starts against Houston. The 13 starts are tied for the second-most against any team and the 86 innings are the most he's thrown against any opponent.