Today's lineup: Odubel Herrera leading off; Andrew Knapp starts again

Today's lineup: Odubel Herrera leading off; Andrew Knapp starts again

After the Phillies lost the first two games out of the All-Star break to the Brewers, manager Pete Mackanin put together a unique Sunday lineup for the series finale.

Odubel Herrera moves back into the leadoff spot while Daniel Nava bats third. Meanwhile, rookie catcher Andrew Knapp is slotted in the No. 5 hole, the highest he's been in the batting order.

Herrera hasn't been atop the lineup since July 1 and has batted leadoff just twice since June 20. The 25-year-old centerfielder has four hits in his last three games with all four going for extra bases, including a home run in each game. He was stranded as the tying run on second base to end Saturday's loss.

Nava has seen himself all over the lineup for the Phillies this season, but this is his first time batting third. He took over the leadoff spot last night with Aaron Altherr (hamstring strain) out. Nava had batted leadoff in his last nine starts. He's just 1 for his last 13 since a three-hit game on July 5.

Batting fifth isn't completely unfamiliar to Knapp, who went 1 for 3 in that spot on May 31. He's making his second start of the series and his seventh since the calendar flipped to July. Previously the backup to Cameron Rupp, Knapp will have started 21 of the Phillies' last 38 games.

The Phillies will oppose veteran Matt Garza, who is making his 14th start of the season. For more on how he matches up with the Phillies, check out Steven Tydings' game notes.

Here's the Phillies lineup that will face Garza

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Daniel Nava, LF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Andrew Knapp, C
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Nick Williams, RF
8. Ty Kelly, 2B
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And the Brewers lineup that takes on Hellickson:

1. Jonathan Villar, 2B
2. Domingo Santana, RF
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Travis Shaw, 3B
5. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
6. Manny Pina, C
7. Keon Broxton, CF
8. Orlando Arcia, SS
9. Matt Garza, P

Phillies recall Jake Thompson from Triple A, option Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley

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Phillies recall Jake Thompson from Triple A, option Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley

After Monday night's rain-soaked blowout loss, the Phillies' bullpen seems to be a bit depleted.

With that in mind, the Phillies have recalled pitcher Jake Thompson from Triple A and optioned reliever Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley.

After a lengthy rain delay cut short Vince Velasquez's start, the Phils' bullpen was charged with six innings of work in the 13-4 loss. Pinto, responsible for five of the runs, tossed 1 1/3 innings as play resumed in the fourth inning. 

He may not be down for long, though, as the Phils have an off day Thursday to recover.

Thompson seems like a peculiar choice to call up. He's struggled mightily this year in Lehigh Valley. The 23-year-old who came over in the Cole Hamels trade, is 4-11 with a 5.36 ERA. He's given up 107 hits in 94 innings pitched, as well as 36 walks on the year — one less than he gave up in 129 2/3 innings in 2016.

However, Thompson is already on the 40-man roster and has not pitched since going seven strong innings of two-run ball on July 20. 

Tonight's Lineup: Phillies showcasing Howie Kendrick in cleanup spot


Tonight's Lineup: Phillies showcasing Howie Kendrick in cleanup spot

With less than a week to go before the trade deadline, the Phillies are putting Howie Kendrick in prime position to show off his skillset to a contender.

After sitting out last night's 14-3 loss, Kendrick returns to the lineup, batting cleanup and playing left field. In four games since returning from a hamstring injury, Kendrick has picked up where he left off, hitting .364 with two RBIs. Overall, Kendrick has appeared in just 37 games for the Phillies in 2017, but has been exceptional when healthy. 

Although he may not hit for power, his .350 batting average and ability to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield should be enough to interest teams. 

Cesar Hernandez will again lead off vs. the Astros. Much like Kendrick, Hernandez has had a strong return from the DL, hitting .321 with six RBIs in seven games since the All-Star break. He's also worked five walks compared to just three strikeouts. It's no surprise Hernandez's return has coincided with the Phillies' recent hot offensive stretch (see Game Notes)

Since the All-Star break, the Phillies have the seventh-most runs scored in all of baseball. Monday's loss ended a stretch of seven straight games of five or more runs scored for the Phillies — their longest single-season stretch since 2005.

Nick Williams will hit in the three-hole for the second straight game. Williams has sparked the Phils' stagnant offense since his arrival to the big leagues. In 20 MLB games, Williams is slashing .315/.350/.966 with four homers and 18 RBIs. 

Here is the Phillies lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Howie Kendrick, LF
5. Odubel Herrera, CF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Tommy Joseph, 1B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Nick Pivetta, P