How Is Zach Eflin 5-0 In The Month Of June For The Phillies?
In the Phillies win over the Yankees on Wednesday night, Zach Eflin held the 'Brox Bombers' to zero runs over seven innings while compiling six strikeouts. Eflin has been one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball this month; Eflin has a 5-0 record in June with a 1.76 ERA in 30.2 innings while tallying 28 Strikeouts and only 6 Walks. Eflin, who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1st Round of the 2012 MLB Draft, was acquired by the Phillies in December of 2014 in the trade that sent Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
USA Today Baseball Writer Steve Gardner joined Josh Hennig on Thursday and talked about Zach Eflin's excellent month of June for the Phillies:
"In that hot streak you look at the teams that (Eflin has) pitched against - Not only the Yankees, but the Nationals, the Brewers twice, and the Cubs. So he’s not feasting on the dregs of the National League or the American League, he’s faced some tough teams and allowed a total of zero home runs over those five starts....Limiting hard contact, not walking batters, and basically just being around the strike zone, I think that’s really the key. He’s not really overpowering to any degree - He’s got a nice fastball that gets up to the mid 90s, but still it’s one of those things where everything comes together."
Hear what Gardner had to say about Jake Arrieta, the Phillies Pitching staff, what teams could be in on the Jacob DeGrom Trade Market, and more MLB talk