Despite have just a 3-2 record over the last five games, the Phillies have still experienced an offensive resurgence by scoring 34 runs in that span.
It's been a team effort, but Tommy Joseph hasn't been the Phils' hottest hitter lately. Far from it.
So it's not a shock manager Pete Mackanin has dropped Joseph down to seventh in the order as the Phillies look to earn a series victory against the Brewers in today's finale of the team's three-game set.
Joseph is hitting .200 (7 for 35) with a double and and just 2 RBIs over the last nine games.
In the meantime, rookie Nick Williams has emerged (.333, 11 for 33 with two doubles, two triples, two homers and 11 RBIs over the last nine games) and Maikel Franco (.316, 12 for 38 with four doubles, a home run and 7 RBIs over the last nine games) has heated back up to shoulder the load for the Phils over this recent stretch.
Williams will move up to the fifth spot today while Franco will remain in the clean-up spot.
The Phils will face Brewers righty Junior Guerra this afternoon. The veteran righty comes in sporting a 1-3 record with a 4.77 ERA. He's coming off a no-decision in Pittsburgh last week when he tossed 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on three hits in an eventual Milwaukee loss. It tied for his second longest start of the season and he's only gone as deep as six innings this year. Sunday will mark Guerra's second career start vs. the Phils. He earned a win over them last June when allowed just three runs on three hits in six innings in a 6-3 Brew Crew win.
The Phillies will counter with Jerad Eickhoff, who's struggled to a 1-7 record and a 4.83 ERA this season. He's coming off a no-decision last week in Miami when he gave up five runs on five hits over six innings. He did punch out eight Marlins, though. It was his second start back from a DL stint caused by a back injury. In his two starts since returning to the Phils, Eickhoff has 16 strikeouts in 11 innings. He had 16 strikeouts in his previous five starts combined.
Both team's lineups for Sunday's series finale at Citizens Bank Park can be found below:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Howie Kendrick, LF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Nick Williams, RF
6. Odubel Herrera CF
7. Tommy Joseph, 1B
8. Andrew Knapp, 2B
9. Jerad Eickhoff, SP
1. Jonathan Villar, 2B
2. Eric Thames, 1B
3. Ryan Bruan, LF
4. Travis Shaw, 3B
5. Domingo Santana, RF
6. Manny Pina, C
7. Brett Phillips, CF
8. Orlando Arcia, SS
9. Junior Guerra, SP