Velasquez's odds of securing a rotation spot to open the season could take a hit if the schedule is shortened, as that could allow the Phillies to promote top pitching prospect Spencer Howard as the fifth starter at the beginning of the campaign, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Velasquez hadn't secured the fifth starter job before play was paused, as Nick Pivetta and Ranger Suarez were still in an open competition with him. Howard has only made six starts at the Double-A level, but his 34.8 percent strikeout rate, 0.83 WHIP and 2.03 ERA in 15 total minor-league starts last season offer a glimpse of his significant upside. The combination of Howard's talent and a potentially shortened season could conspire to relegate Velasquez to a long-relief role to start the season, though he'd likely be one of the first few options called upon should a starter get injured.
Velasquez allowed four runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts across four innings during a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.
He didn't pitch long enough to qualify for a victory, but it didn't matter Friday because the Marlins and Phillies needed 15 innings to settle this affair. Velasquez had limited value down the stretch because he didn't pitch past the fifth frame after Aug. 5, but he did yield under three earned runs in four of his last six starts this year. He ends the season 7-8 with a 4.91 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 130 strikeouts in 117.1 innings.
Velasquez (7-8) took the loss against the Indians on Sunday, completing 4.2 innings and giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits and no walks while striking out six.
Velasquez gave up a single run through his first four innings but was done in by poor defense and a game-changing long ball in the fifth. The frame opened with a pair of errors -- one of which was committed by Velasquez himself -- and was blown open when Oscar Mercado homered to drive in three runs and break a 1-1 tie. The home run was the 25th Velasquez has surrendered in 113.1 frames this season, and his 1.99 HR/9 ranks eighth-worst in the league among pitchers with 100 or more innings. He'll carry a 4.76 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 127:43 K:BB into what's expected to be his final start of the season, a home matchup against the Marlins on Friday.
Velasquez (5-5) allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight across five innings to earn the win Tuesday against Atlanta.
Velasquez began the game on a rocky note, allowing both of his earned runs to cross the plate in the first frame. However, he allowed just three baserunners across his next four innings of work to tame the Braves' bats. While this outing showed plenty of potential, Velasquez has worked five innings in just two of his last five starts. He'll have the chance to replicate his success in his next start, currently scheduled for Sunday at Cleveland.
Velasquez is listed as the Phillies' probable starter for Tuesday's series opener in Atlanta.
The Phillies are using Friday's off day to reshuffle the rotation, with manager Gabe Kapler electing to move ace Aaron Nola and No. 2 starter Jason Vargas ahead of Velasquez in the pitching schedule to keep them on their normal four days' rest. The adjustment means that Velasquez will miss out on a start this week, as he hasn't pitched since giving up four runs in 4.1 innings Sept. 8 versus the Mets. After another day off Monday, the Phillies will finish out the regular season with a stretch of 14 games in 13 days, with Velasquez tentatively lining up for three starts during that span.
Velasquez gave up four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five through 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Sunday.
After Velasquez gave up three runs off two home runs in the first inning, he settled down but could just not get the walks under control. Velasquez continued his string of short starts, not making it more than six innings in any of his last six appearances. The 27-year-old has a 4.95 ERA with 113 strikeouts through 20 starts this season.
Velasquez didn't factor in the decision in Tuesday's win at Cincinnati after giving up one run on four hits across three innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Velasquez allowed only the single run, but he needed 67 pitches to work through the three innings, so manager Gabe Kapler decided to take advantage of the extra arms in the bullpen. The 27-year-old has a 4.80 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 108:37 K:BB over 99.1 innings and lines up to face the Mets on Sunday, but he could continue to see a shorter leash thanks to September's expanded roster.
Velasquez (6-7) allowed two runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts across five innings to earn a victory against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Although it wasn't a great start, this was a nice way for Velasquez to rebound after giving up seven runs in his last outing. He continues to have a strong 2.94 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, and opponents are hitting just .251 against him. However, keeping the ball in the park has been an issue, as Velasquez owns a 2.1 HR/9. That's helped lead to a 4.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 96.1 innings this season. Velasquez will make his next start at the Reds on Tuesday.
Velasquez allowed seven runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two over 2.1 innings Friday night against the Marlins. He didn't factor into the decision.
Velasquez cruised through the first two innings unscathed, but he surrendered all seven of his runs in the third inning before getting yanked from the ballgame. Heading into Friday's game, he hadn't given up more than three runs in five straight outings, so his most recent performance was certainly uncharacteristic. Valasquez's ERA jumped from 4.35 to 4.93 after the contest (91.1 innings).
Velasquez (5-7) secured the win after giving up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five over 5.1 innings Friday against the Padres.
Velasquez cruised through five scoreless innings to begin his night, and while the Padres struck for three runs in the sixth, the Phillies were able to hold on for an 8-4 victory. The 27-year-old right-hander is now 3-2 over his last five starts while holding the opposition to three or fewer runs in each of those outings.
Velasquez (4-7) took the loss Saturday against the Giants after giving up three runs on three hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Velasquez gave up a two-run homer and a solo homer but otherwise pitched well, though the Phillies generated minimal offense to saddle him with the loss. The right-hander has a 2.78 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 21:8 K:BB over 22.2 innings in his last four starts and lines up to host the Padres on Friday.
Velasquez (4-6) picked up the win against the Diamondbacks on Monday, giving up two earned runs on six hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking two as the Phillies bagged a 7-3 victory.
Velasquez has been on a nice run of late, as this was his third straight start in which he's yielded two or fewer earned runs. This was also the first time all season that he's made it through seven innings. It's been a solid stretch, but Velasquez's numbers on the season remain pedestrian thanks to an erratic campaign split between the bullpen and the starting rotation, as he's sporting a 4.23 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP across 78.2 innings.
Velasquez (3-6) took the loss Wednesday, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks over five-plus innings while striking out six as the Phillies fell 5-1 to the Giants.
The right-hander was locked in an unlikely pitchers' duel with Jeff Samardzija for five innings, but the Giants were finally able to break through against Velasquez in the sixth. He'll take a 4.40 ERA and 85:29 K:BB through 71.2 innings into his next start Monday in Arizona.
Velasquez (3-5) picked up the win in Wednesday's 4-0 victory over the Tigers, giving up four hits and two walks over 5.2 scoreless innings while striking out nine.
The right-hander came up one out short of a quality start after throwing 110 pitches (69 strikes) and running out of gas in the sixth inning, but the nine strikeouts were still a season high for Velasquez. He'll take a 4.46 ERA and 79:26 K:BB through 66.2 innings into his next outing July 31, at home against the Giants.
Velasquez will make his next start Wednesday at Detroit, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The free-agent signing of Drew Smyly was thought to be pushing Velasquez back to a bullpen role, but Nick Pivetta will instead make the transition. Velasquez originally lined up to start Sunday, but he now has a more appealing matchup versus the Tigers. The 27-year-old has a 4.87 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 70:24 K:BB through 61 innings this season.
Velasquez's rotation spot appears to be at risk after the Phillies signed Drew Smyly on Friday, seemingly for a starting role, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Velasquez has started 11 games this season and appeared in a further 10 in relief. He's had better results out of the bullpen, posting a 4.35 ERA in relief and a 4.97 ERA when starting, though his FIP has been nearly identical in each situation, coming in at 5.83 as a reliever and 5.88 as a starter. Smyly owns an awful 8.42 ERA in 51.1 innings this season, so his hold on a rotation spot will presumably be very weak.
Velasquez allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and one walk across 4.2 innings during Tuesday's win over the Dodgers. He had seven strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.
Velasquez generated 19 swinging strikes and gave up only five hits -- which usually bodes well for a pitcher-- but he was unable to keep the ball in the yard as he allowed four homers. The right-hander has a 4.87 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 70:24 K:BB through 61 innings and will next pitch Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Velasquez didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 7-2 win over the Mets, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings while striking out three.
The right-hander threw 56 of 79 pitches for strikes in a solid outing but hit the showers on the hook for his sixth loss of the season, before the Phillies once again rallied against Edwin Diaz and the Mets bullpen. Velasquez now sports a 4.63 ERA and 63:23 K:BB through 56.1 innings heading into the All-Star break.
Velasquez has been named the starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Mets, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
It was initially reported that Velasquez would work out of the bullpen until the All-Star break, but skipper Gabe Kapler appears to have changed his mind on the matter. Following Velasquez's outing, Jake Arrieta will take the ball Saturday and Aaron Nola will make the team's final start before the break.
Velasquez won't start any of the Phillies' first four games of the week and could work out of the bullpen through the All-Star break, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Thanks to an off day Monday, the Phillies will be able to reorganize their rotation and set ace Aaron Nola up for a two-start week. Philadelphia will require a fifth starter again Saturday against the Mets in New York, but Velasquez may not be available to slot back into the rotation if he's needed in relief in any of the prior four games. After a strong five-inning, one-hit showing at home versus the Marlins on June 22, Velasquez faltered in his rematch in Miami on Friday, lasting just 4.1 frames while giving up four runs on six hits and two walks.
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