Joseph is not in the starting lineup for the Phillies on Tuesday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports. Over his last 10 games, Joseph is hitting .394 with three home runs and five RBI in the cleanup spot for the Phillies. Ryan Howard will start at first base and hit fourth on Tuesday.
Joseph went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Monday against the Marlins. The rookie first baseman has been on fire this month, hitting a robust .380. The hot streak has raised his average from .221 all the way to .267. Joseph has 13 home runs and 25 RBI thus far this season, with much of that production coming in July.
Joseph is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates. Joseph has started back-to-back games and five of the last six overall, but will take a seat Sunday in favor of veteran Ryan Howard at first base. The 25-year-old Joseph owns a shining 1.243 OPS in July, due mostly to his five long balls, so look for the younger option to be a fixture at first the rest of the way out.
Joseph went 2-for-3 with a home run, a single and a walk in Tuesday's loss against the Marlins Joseph continues his recent hot streak with his fourth home run in his past 7 games. He's batting .476 over that span, raising his average to .264 on the season after entering July hitting .223. The 25-year-old first baseman seems to have figured things out, and should continue to see lots of at-bats in the middle of the lineup for a young Phillies team.
Joseph is out of the lineup for the second straight game Sunday against the Mets. Joseph had actually been starting to turn things around at the plate, as he owns a 1.281 OPS since the beginning of June. The more experienced Ryan Howard will get the call Sunday, however, batting fifth in the order against tough right-hander Jacob deGrom.