Velasquez went 5.1 innings in Saturday's 8-7 loss against Atlanta, allowing one run on two hits and three walks with six strikeouts. He didn't factor into the decision. The one blemish on Velasquez's otherwise perfect night was a Freddie Freeman home run to lead off the top of the sixth. The outing makes two straight for Velasquez going at least five innings with only one run allowed and he probably earned another turn through the rotation with the performance.
Velasquez will remain in the rotation for at least one more start Saturday against Atlanta, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Velasquez carried a 6.57 ERA and 1.95 WHIP into his start Monday against Milwaukee, walking 18.3 percent of opposing batters. He wound up pitching a gem against the Brewers, striking out six and walking two over six innings while allowing just a single run on four hits. It's hard to trust the righty, considering his performances for most of the season (and for most of his career), but another strong start or two could make him at least somewhat interesting again.
Velasquez (1-0) earned the win after allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings Monday against Milwaukee. Velasquez surrendered a solo home run to the second batter of the contest, but he managed to settle down and turn in a quality outing. It's unclear if the right-hander will receive another turn through the rotation, but he did nearly all he could to earn another look, even with Matt Moore back from the COVID-19 injured list. Velasquez owns a 4.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with 24 punchouts over 18.1 innings.
Velasquez will start Monday's game versus the Brewers, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. The 28-year-old will receive another turn through the starting rotation while Matt Moore is eased back into action as a reliever following his stint on the COVID-19 injured list. Velasquez has surrendered five runs on 10 hits with a 9:3 K:BB over 8.1 innings across two starts, so he may need a strong performance Monday to have a chance of earning a longer look in the rotation.
Velasquez allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five across 4.1 innings Wednesday against the Cardinals. He did not factor into the decision. Velasquez surrendered two home runs, which accounted for all three of his charged runs. However, he showed some positive signs otherwise by racking up five strikeouts on 12 called strikes and seven swinging strikes. Velasquez now figures to return to the bullpen. as Matt Moore (COVID-19) should be prepared to return to the rotation the next turn through.
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