Detroit, MI - When you look at the scores from the last two Phillies games, not a ton will stand out to you. They beat Atlanta, MLB's worst team, 5-0 on Sunday. The Phils followed that up with a loss to the Tigers on Monday night, 5-4. If you look closer at the box score though, you'll see that the Phillies offense has started to hit much better, breaking out for 25 hits and nine runs over the last two games. They'll have a tough test to keep that going tonight in Detroit as Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers. Philadelphia will go with Jeremy Hellickson.
Monday's loss had its bright spots for the Phillies, without a doubt. Five of their starting nine had multi-hit games, with Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph both hitting homers in the defeat. In addition to those two going deep, Odubel Herrera had three hits while Cameron Rupp and Tyler Goeddel combined to go 4-for-8 with two runs scored.
With Goeddel's recent success and Cesar Hernandez continuing to struggle, Pete Mackanin might want to consider moving Goeddel up to the two spot in the lineup. Cesar hit into two double plays on Monday and is only hitting .192 over his last seven games.
Starting Pitching Matchup:
|Philadelphia Phillies (25-20)||Detroit Tigers (22-22)|
|RHP||Jeremy Hellickson||RHP||Justin Verlander|
|(4-2, 3.99 ERA)||(3-4, 4.58 ERA)|