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Today's Lineup: Franco Batting Cleanup as Phillies Try to Snap Skid

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Well, this hasn't gone well. 

    Coming into Thursday afternoon's game against the Rockies, the Phillies have lost five straight. They've lost nine of their last 10. They've lost 20 of their last 24. 

    At 15-29, they're not just the worst team in the NL East. They're not just the worst team in the National League. 

    Through 44 games, the Phillies are the worst team in baseball. 

    Just to make it to a .500 record this season, they would need to go 66-52 (.559) the rest of the way. 

    Their four-game series against the Rockies will mercifully come to a close on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. In the first three games of the series -- all losses -- the Phils have been outscored 23-5. 

    Maikel Franco returns to the four-hole as the Phillies try to snap out of their funk. 

    Here's the full lineup: 

    1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
    2. Aaron Altherr, LF
    3. Odubel Herrera, CF
    4. Maikel Franco, 3B
    5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
    6. Michael Saunders, RF
    7. Cameron Rupp, C
    8. Freddy Galvis, SS
    9. Vince Velasquez, P