Eflin's rotation spot is safe even if the shortened season means the Phillies elect to open the campaign with Spencer Howard on the big-league roster, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Eflin isn't a dominant weapon by any means, but he seemed to have a firm grip on a rotation spot despite his 4.13 ERA last season not being particularly well supported by his 4.85 FIP and 4.76 xFIP. If Howard does indeed open the season in the big leagues, that will come at the expense of Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta, who were battling for the fifth starter spot.
Eflin signed a one-year, $2.625 million contract with Philadelphia on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Eflin cruised to his best season yet in 2019, finishing with a 4.13 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 129 strikeouts across 163.1 frames. He'll likely sit near the middle of the Phillies' rotation during the 2020 season.
Eflin (10-13) earned the win Saturday against the Marlins after allowing three runs on six hits over 7.2 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Eflin worked through 7.2 frames with only one run allowed, but a single and a home run during the eighth inning ended his outing. The 25-year-old had an up-and-down season with a 4.13 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 129:48 K:BB through 163.1 innings, but he'll finish with a quality performance.
Eflin (9-13) allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks over five innings Monday, striking out two batters and taking the loss against Washington.
Eflin served up three solo homers Monday, one in each of the first three innings. It was the first time he allowed more than three runs in a start since July 27. Eflin's ERA bumped to 4.16 next to a 123:46 K:BB over 155.2 frames this season. He'll make his final start of the 2019 regular season at home against Miami on Saturday.
Eflin (9-12) picked up the win in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Atlanta, allowing one unearned run on five hits and two walks while striking out four.
The right-hander only tossed 58 strikes among his 99 pitches and managed to generate only three swinging strikes, but he kept Atlanta hitters off balance and didn't give up an extra-base hit. Eflin will carry a 4.00 ERA and 121:42 K:BB through 150.2 innings into his next start Monday, on the road against the Nationals.
Eflin (8-12) allowed three unearned runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts across 3.2 innings while taking a loss against the Braves on Wednesday.
The good news is Eflin didn't yield an earned run, but he lost anyway, dropping his record to 8-12. He has just one win since June 25. Eflin's ERA has dropped since the end of August, but overall, he doesn't excel in any one fantasy category. He owns a 4.20 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 117 strikeouts in 143.2 innings this season. Because of two off days coming up, Eflin will have some additional rest before his next start. He is scheduled to pitch again one week from Friday at the Indians.
Eflin didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Mets, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings while striking out six.
The right-hander has pitched well since rejoining the rotation following a brief demotion to the bullpen, posting a 3.32 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 13:3 K:BB over four starts (21.2 innings), and Friday's six whiffs were Eflin's highest total in a game since June 19. He'll try to keep his momentum going in his next outing Wednesday, at home against Atlanta.
Eflin allowed one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings against the Mets on Sunday but did not factor into the decision. He struck out three.
Eflin's chief mistake was a fastball that Pete Alonso deposited over the left field wall for a solo home run in the first inning. He was nearly flawless for the remainder of his seven innings, allowing only three additional baserunners on a pair of hits and a walk. Although he whiffed just three batters, Eflin was in control of the zone most of the night, throwing a first-pitch strike to 18 of 24 hitters. The 25-year-old has allowed only three runs in 13 innings over his last two starts and will get a chance to build upon the momentum when he heads to New York to face the Mets on Friday in his next scheduled start.
Eflin is scheduled to start Sunday against the Mets, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Eflin was originally scheduled to get the ball Saturday, but the Mets opted to push him back to allow Jason Vargas to start on normal rest. The 25-year-old Eflin will be plenty rested for Sunday's series finale, as he last took the mound Saturday against the Marlins, allowing two runs across six innings while striking out two to earn the victory.
Eflin (8-11) allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and two strikeouts across six innings to earn a victory against the Marlins on Saturday.
Eflin needed this win as badly as anybody in the league, as before Saturday, he hadn't earned a victory since June 24. Since then, he's had four losses and six no-decisions. After giving up a run in the first, Eflin only yielded two baserunners over the next three frames. He allowed the second run in the fifth. He owns a 4.50 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 128 innings this season. Eflin will pitch next at home Saturday against the Mets.
Eflin didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Padres, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks over 3.2 innings while striking out two.
Making his first start since July 27, Eflin managed to last 73 pitches (49 strikes) and kept San Diego off the board for three innings before stumbling in the fourth. The right-hander will remain in the rotation for now with Jake Arrieta (elbow) done for the year, but Eflin's 4.57 ERA and 101:36 K:BB through 122 innings won't make him an appealing fantasy option.
Eflin will start Saturday against the Padres, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Eflin was shifted to a relief role following the acquisition of Jason Vargas at the end of July, but he's set to reclaim his spot in the rotation with Jake Arrieta (elbow) headed to the injured list. Across 20 starts with the big club this season, the right-hander owns a 4.63 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 92:31 K:BB in 112.2 innings.
Eflin has lost his spot in the starting rotation and will pitch out of the bullpen moving forward, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
It was reported earlier in the week that Eflin was in no danger of losing his rotation spot, but that all changed after the Phillies acquired Jason Vargas from the Mets on Monday. Eflin's move to the bullpen doesn't come as a huge shock, considering he's been rocked for seven or more runs in three of his last four outings (15.2 innings), accruing a 12.64 ERA with 12 punchouts over that stretch. Manager Gabe Kapler stated that Eflin will primarily be used as a bulk reliever, especially when either Jake Arrieta or Vince Velasquez struggles to work deep into their respective outings.
Eflin won't be losing his spot in the rotation despite his recent struggles, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Eflin has been in an extended rut, posting a 10.46 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP over his last six starts. He complained of a "heavy body" prior to his most recent disaster Saturday against the Braves, in which he allowed 10 runs while recording just eight outs. The Phillies appear to have no intention of sending him to the injured list to address that complaint, however, considering the issue to be nothing worse than the typical grind of a long season. The team doesn't have any clear alternatives to take his spot in the rotation due to Nick Pivetta's struggles and the failure of any Triple-A option to step forward, so the plan seems to be to have Eflin work through his issues on the fly.
Eflin (7-11) was charged with the loss Saturday against the Braves after he surrendered 10 runs (six earned) on seven hits and four walks over 2.2 innings. He struck out just one.
The Braves tallied four runs in the second inning with a pair of two-run homers and erupted for seven more runs in the following frame. It's the fourth straight loss for Eflin as he's given up 27 runs (22 earned) across 15.2 innings during those outings. The 25-year-old will look to turn things around Friday versus the White Sox.
Eflin (7-10) allowed three runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts across four innings in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.
While this was better than his last two starts, Eflin suffered his third straight defeat. In his last five appearances, he's allowed 25 runs in 24 frames (9.38 ERA). What started as a promising season for Eflin has just been sent into a tailspin because of this latest stretch, as he now owns a 4.25 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 91 strikeouts over 110 innings. Eflin will next pitch against the Braves at home Saturday.
Eflin (7-9) allowed seven runs on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts across six innings while taking a loss against the Dodgers on Monday.
The 25-year-old didn't allow a hit through three innings, and then the wheels completely came off in the fourth frame. The Dodgers scored six in the fourth and then another in the fifth, but the Phillies just left Elfin in the game through six until he eclipsed 100 pitches. As a result, his ERA escalated again to 4.16. Eflin has allowed 13 earned runs in his last nine innings. He also has a 1.32 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 106 innings. Eflin will look to get back on track at the Pirates on Saturday.
Eflin (7-8) suffered the loss against Atlanta on Thursday, pitching three innings and giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three.
Eflin simply had no way of stopping the Braves' offense, giving up a pair of runs in both the first and second innings and three more in the third. Five of the seven hits he allowed went for extra bases, including home runs off the bats of Danby Swanson and Ozzie Albies. The 25-year-old has been mostly effective this season but has seen his numbers skewed by three different starts in which he has given up six earned runs. Overall, he has posted a 3.78 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 83:26 K:BB in 100 innings.
Eflin allowed three runs on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts across six innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Saturday.
The right-hander placed the Phillies in a position to win, throwing his fourth quality start in his last five appearances, but Eflin is just 2-2 during that stretch. Eflin is 7-7 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 97 innings this season. His next start will come on the road against the Mets on Friday.
Eflin (7-7) picked up the win Monday, surrendering six runs on 11 hits -- including three home runs -- and a walk over five innings while striking out four in a 13-7 victory over the Mets.
The two teams combined for eight homers, but all four of the Mets' blasts came with the bases empty, allowing Eflin to minimize the damage and leave with an 8-6 lead after 82 pitches (58 strikes). The right-hander will take a 3.26 ERA and 77:23 K:BB through 91 innings into his next start Saturday in Miami.
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