When the Phillies are playing like this, it seems like they'll never win another game. They've followed five straight wins with five consecutive losses against crappy teams, and now they need to beat Minnesota just to end their 10-game stretch against the Marlins, Brewers and Twins with a .500 record.
Luckily, Cliff Lee is on the mound.
Lee is 7-2 with a 2.55 ERA this season, but he's saved his best work for when the Phils have needed it most. When the Phillies are on a losing streak, Lee is 6-0 with a 1.82 ERA.
He's made seven straight quality starts, holding the opposition to a .205 batting average. His WHIP over that span is 0.89.
He's opposed by Kevin Correia, another mediocre righty the Phillies have crushed. Correia has an 8.64 ERA and 2.24 WHIP against the Phils in 11 appearances (four starts). But Mike Pelfrey also had terrible career numbers against the Phils and they mustered just three runs on five hits over seven innings last night.
The roster has been shuffled a bit. Jake Diekman and Michael Martinez are up, Tyler Cloyd and Cesar Hernandez are down. It was also announced Thursday that John Lannan would be activated for a start next Monday against the Nationals, his former team.
The lineup was also switched up a bit. Ben Revere is back in the leadoff spot and Laynce Nix gets a rare start.
1) Ben Revere, CF
2) Michael Young, 3B
3) Jimmy Rollins, SS
4) Ryan Howard, 1B (.218/.270/.337, 1 HR last 29 games)
5) Domonic Brown, LF
6) Delmon Young, DH
7) Laynce Nix, RF (1-for-23 since May 9)
8) Freddy Galvis, 2B
9) Humberto Quintero, C