Eflin gave up two earned runs over 4.2 innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Cardinals. He notched four strikeouts while allowing three hits and three walks.
Eflin went mostly unscathed his first time through the Cardinals' order before running into trouble in the fourth, although some sloppy defense behind him didn't help matters. He was still effective overall and leaves Saturday with a 1.56 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP over three starts (17.1 IP). Unfortunately, Jerad Eickhoff's impending return from a lat injury leaves Eflin's status in the rotation in limbo.
Eflin isn't listed among the Phillies' probable starters for the team's two-game series with the Orioles that begins Tuesday, MLB.com reports. That means Eflin's next start will likely come Friday or Saturday in St. Louis.
Rather than moving Eflin back a day in the pitching schedule after his scheduled start over the past weekend against the Mets was postponed, the Phillies appear set to skip the right-hander's turn in the rotation entirely. Aaron Nola started Sunday's series finale and will be followed in order by Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez and Jake Arrieta. Nola could then start Friday against the Cardinals on his normal four days' rest if the Phillies desire, so Eflin may not be needed again until Saturday at the latest. The extended break comes at a poor time for Eflin, whose fantasy ownership rates soared after he delivered quality starts against the Marlins and Giants in his first two turns through the Philadelphia rotation.
Eflin's scheduled start Saturday was postponed due to poor weather in Philadelphia, but rather than pushing the right-hander back a day in the pitching schedule, manager Gabe Kapler has opted to start Nola on normal rest in the series finale. It's unclear whether Eflin's turn through the rotation will be skipped entirely or if he'll be back on the mound for the Phillies' next contest Tuesday against the Orioles on Baltimore. More clarity on the Phillies' rotation plans should come forth later Sunday.
The two teams are scheduled to make the game up as part of a single admission doubleheader in August. The Phillies have yet to announce their rotation plans, so it's unclear if Eflin will be pushed back to start Sunday or bypassed.
Eflin will stick in the rotation for the time being after the pitcher he replaced, Ben Lively (back), was activated from the 10-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Eflin made it an easy decision for the Phillies to choose him over Lively (0-2, 6.85 ERA in five starts) after recording a 0.71 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 13:3 K:BB through his first two outings with the big club. It's worth noting that both of those turns came against weak offenses in the Marlins and Giants, but the right-hander nonetheless seems to have exhibited legitimate skills growth after struggling mightily across 22 starts in the big leagues the past two seasons. As Zolecki notes, Eflin's four-seam fastball is up to 94.4 miles per hour this season -- a gain of one and a half ticks from 2017 -- and was instrumental in generating a career-high 14 swinging strikes in his last outing Monday against the Giants. Eflin gets a tougher draw at home against the Mets in his next scheduled start Saturday, and he'll likely need to keep delivering serviceable outings if he's to maintain a rotation spot once Jerad Eickhoff (lat) is ready to come off the 10-day disabled list later this month.
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|2013||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||7||6||2.73||22||22||0||0||0||118.2||110||53||36||7||4||31||86|
|2014||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||10||7||3.80||24||24||0||0||0||128.0||138||56||54||9||4||31||93|
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|2017||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||1||4||4.57||8||7||0||0||0||43.1||48||22||22||3||4||15||38|