Eflin (6-7) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks across six innings while taking a loss against the Nationals on Wednesday. The 25-year-old has been on a bit of a strikeout spree, punching out 16 in his last 14 frames, but both outings were losses. Eflin only allowed five runs in those two starts combined, but little run support led to defeats. Owners may need to be wary of his 4.00 FIP, but Eflin could have a much better record. He is 6-7 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 86 innings this season. His next start is scheduled for Sunday at home against the Marlins.
Eflin (6-6) took the loss Wednesday as the Phillies fell 2-0 to the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk over eight innings while striking out nine. The nine K's tied the right-hander's career high, but his eighth quality start of the season went to waste when the Philly offense couldn't solve Merrill Kelly. Eflin will carry a 2.81 ERA and 66:19 K:BB through 80 innings into his next outing Tuesday, on the road against the Nationals.
Eflin (6-5) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks across 6.1 innings while earning a victory against the Reds on Friday. The 25-year-old was wild in his return after missing his last start due to mid-back tightness and yielded a homer in the first inning. Following that frame, he only allowed one more unearned run. His seven strikeouts were his most in three weeks, and this was also his first win since May 11. Eflin now has a 2.88 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 57 strikeouts in 72 innings. His next start will come Wednesday at home against the Diamondbacks.
Eflin (back) will be activated off the 10-day injured list to start Friday versus the Reds, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Eflin landed on the IL last week with mid-back tightness but will return to the starting rotation after missing just one start. The 25-year-old struggled in his previous outing May 26, allowing three runs over 3.2 innings at Milwaukee. Eflin has a 3.02 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 51:14 K:BB through 11 starts this year.
Eflin was placed on the 10-day injured list with mid-back tightness Friday. The injury doesn't sound like an overly serious one, and the transaction was made retroactive to Tuesday, so there's a chance Eflin returns next Friday against the Reds after missing just one start. The back injury could perhaps explain Eflin's poor showing his last time out, when he lasted just 3.2 innings Sunday against the Brewers, his shortest outing of the year. Cole Irvin was recalled to take his place in the rotation and will start Saturday against the Dodgers.