Today's Lineup: Tommy Joseph dropped to 7th for series finale vs. Brewers

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Today's Lineup: Tommy Joseph dropped to 7th for series finale vs. Brewers

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:

Phillies
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

Brewers
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

Tonight's lineup: Howie Kendrick back but on the bench, Nick Williams remains 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howie Kendrick back but on the bench, Nick Williams remains 3rd

The Phillies' 10-game homestand begins tonight, and it's the last chance for trade candidates to boost their value a bit before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. Howie Kendrick, the team's most attractive bat, is back from the disabled list but won't start against the Brewers. Daniel Nava could work as a contender's fifth outfielder. He'll start in left and bat fifth.

Not too many surprises in the rest of the lineup. Nick Williams continues to bat third and rightfully so. The recent call-up has a .316 average and .963 OPS through 16 games. No major leaguers have more RBIs since the All-Star break. Read more on Williams' success in today's game notes.

Maikel Franco will bat behind Williams in the cleanup spot. He too is in a strong stretch that extends past the break. He's walked more than he's struck out in the last 32 games, and the patience has brought his average higher than it has been at any point in the last three months.

Odubel Herrera bats seventh for the second straight game. He's been moved up and down the order quite a bit this season, with starts in every hole except cleanup and the pitcher's spot. Herrera led off the final game against the Brewers in Milwaukee Sunday.

Andrew Knapp bats eighth. That makes five starts in the Phillies seven games since the break so far for the switch-hitting catcher.

Aaron Nola is on the hill. He's been good for a 1.78 ERA over his last five starts. The Brewers send out Matt Garza, who threw five innings of one-run ball against the Phils last week.

Here's the full Phillies lineup:

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

Today's lineup: Phillies' 3 and 4 hitters both hot for first time in forever

Today's lineup: Phillies' 3 and 4 hitters both hot for first time in forever

With Maikel Franco's hot streak and Nick Williams' quick adjustment to the big leagues, the Phillies have a legitimate three-four right now for the first time in quite a while.

Both players homered last night, with Franco hitting his 14th of the season and Williams his third. Franco's was a line shot over the left-field wall that broke a late tie. Williams' was an opposite-field shot that gave the Phillies some much-needed insurance.

Franco over his last 13 games has hit .308 with four doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs. His three-hit night Tuesday got his batting average to .230 and his slugging percentage over .400 for the first time since May 4. That was 65 games ago.

Here's the Phillies' lineup as they go for their first win in a three-game series since June 2-4 against the Giants:

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

And for the Marlins:

1. Dee Gordon, 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
3. Christian Yelich, CF
4. Marcell Ozuna, LF
5. Justin Bour, 1B
6. Derek Dietrich, 3B
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Miguel Rojas, SS
9. Dan Straily, P