Can Tommy Joseph win the matchup with Chris Sale again tonight?
Joseph, who went 2 for 2 with a homer, double and three RBIs last season against Sale, bats cleanup tonight as the Phillies wrap up their home-and-home series with the Red Sox.
The Phillies' lineup tonight is the same as it was last night, save for Andrew Knapp starting behind the plate in place of the ice-cold Cameron Rupp.
The Phils' production from their two catchers has nosedived. Rupp has hit .105 over his last 57 at-bats with one extra-base hit and 22 strikeouts. Knapp is 2 for 16 over his last four starts.
The Phillies obviously have their work cut out tonight against a pitcher on pace for 314 strikeouts, a total nobody's reached since teammates Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling both did it in 2002 (see game notes).
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Howie Kendrick, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, RF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Daniel Nava, LF
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Andrew Knapp, C
9. Nick Pivetta, P