Two months after making his last start, John Lannan returns to pitch for the Phillies against the Nationals, with whom he made 134 starts from 2007-12. The Phils begin a six-game homestand Monday against the Nats and Mets.
A terrible 3-7 road trip dropped the Phils to 33-37, just as they were through 70 games last season. The only piece of good news is that the Phils still have 32 games remaining against Washington and Atlanta, the two teams directly ahead of them in the NL East.
Tonight they'll face Dan Haren, who has a 5.70 ERA, has allowed 11.3 hits per nine and 17 homers in 72 2/3 innings. He's struggled with Washington, to say the least. Many expected him to find success in the NL, but back problems and just overall decline has rendered him a back-end starter. He's not the same guy with the devastating splitter.
If there's ever a night for Ryan Howard to break his home run drought, it's tonight. Howard has homered one time in his last 33 games (130 plate appearances). He is 75th in baseball in slugging, at .440, behind guys like Marco Scutaro and David DeJesus. Over his last 136 games, Howard has a .302 on-base percentage, 21 homers and 90 RBI. Over his previous 136, he had a .347 OBP, 30 HR and 101 RBI.
It doesn't seem like it, but Ben Revere has been very, very good since May 1. His .321 batting average over that span is third among all major-league centerfielders. Only Mike Trout (.333) and Andrew McCutchen (.323) are ahead of him.
1) Ben Revere, CF
2) Michael Young, 3B
3) Jimmy Rollins, SS
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Domonic Brown, LF (1 RBI last 7 games)
6) Delmon Young, RF
7) Kevin Frandsen, 2B (.326 BA in 95 games with Phillies)
8) Humberto Quintero, C
9) John Lannan, P
Horst hits DL
To make room on the 25-man roster for Lannan, the Phillies placed struggling lefty reliever Jeremy Horst on the 15-day DL with an elbow strain. Horst has allowed 47 baserunners in 26 innings this season. The man needs some time off.