Velasquez didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 4-3 extra-innings loss to the Rockies, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk over 5.2 innings while striking out eight. The right-hander held Colorado off the scoreboard for five innings but fell one out shy of his second straight quality start, throwing 66 of 97 pitches for strikes and generating a whopping 19 swinging strikes before getting lifted after running into trouble in the sixth. Velasquez will take a 2.55 ERA and 16:4 K:BB through 17.2 innings into his next outing Wednesday, on the road against the Mets.
Velasquez surrendered one run on two hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings Sunday against Miami. He didn't factor into the decision. Velasquez gave up a solo homer in the sixth inning, but another run wouldn't be scored until the 14th inning of Sunday's marathon ballgame. The 26-year-old has been impressive through his first three appearances of 2019 and owns a 2.25 ERA and 0.75 WHIP with eight punchouts over 12 innings, though he's yet to notch his first win.
Velasquez gave up two runs on four hits while striking out two through five innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Monday. Velasquez had a decent outing in his first start as he only allowed four hits in five innings with the damage being done by a two-run home run from Kurt Suzuki. He was pulled after only 80 pitches, which causes some concern about his usage going forward. Velasquez failed to pitch more than five innings in his last nine starts last season, so this will definitely be something to consider when starting the 26-year-old. Velasquez is expected to make his next start Sunday at Marlins Park.
Velasquez has been confirmed as the Phillies' starting pitcher for Monday's game against the Twins, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. As anticipated, Velasquez will shift from the bullpen to the rotation this week with the Phillies requiring a fifth starter for the first time. Velasquez, who made a single one-inning relief appearance during his time in the relief, logged 30 starts for the Phillies in 2018, compiling a 4.88 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 9.9 K/9 in 145.2 innings.
Velasquez allowed three runs in just 3.1 innings of work Thursday against the Blue Jays, walking three and allowing five hits, two of which were home runs. It wasn't all bad for Velasquez, as he did still strike out nine batters, but his Grapefruit League ERA now sits at 12.79. The Phillies are considering skipping his first start of the regular season as the team has three off days in the first eight days of the season, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Even if he's not skipped, Velasquez's rotation spot seems to be clearly the most tenuous among the Phillies' five starters, with Jerad Eickhoff looming if he can prove his health.