Zach Eflin to Start Tuesday in New York

Zach Eflin
With Clay Buchholz out for who knows how long, the Philadelphia Phillies have a hole in the rotation and the team finally announced that Zach Eflin would take Buchholz’s spot in the rotation. Manager Pete Mackanin said he wanted to keep the order of the rotation the same so the organization had all the time in the world before they had to announce their decision. It wasn’t really a surprise to see Eflin getting the call and he could be a mainstay with Buchholz starting to turn into the Charlie Morton of 2017.

Eflin was recovering from surgery on both knees, but only had to make one rehab start with the Clearwater Threshers, where he tossed five shutout innings with six strikeouts. Eflin only made one start with the Iron Pigs, going five shutout innings with four strikeouts, before being called up.

Eflin had a stint with the Phillies last season, starting 11 games in which he was 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 1/3 innings pitched. The numbers aren’t too impressive, but Eflin did toss two complete games and the Phillies will need him to be able to go deep into games due to the shakiness of the bullpen.

Eflin will make his season debut in a tough test against the New York Mets, who owned the Phillies in the series at Citizens Bank Park. We will have the battles of Zachs Tuesday night with Eflin’s counterpart being Zack Wheeler.

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