The Phillies are 4.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. Philadelphia used a five-run fourth inning to battle back from an early 2-0 deficit in the series opener on Tuesday. Can the Phillies steal another game on the road at SunTrust Park on Wednesday evening?
Can Eflin reverse season-long struggles versus Atlanta?
Right-hander Zach Eflin will toe the rubber for the Phillies in the second game of their series against the Braves. The 25-year-old has battled through a difficult season, going 8-12 with a 4.20 ERA, but he seems to have found his 2018 form after a short stint in the bullpen. Eflin has allowed three runs or less in each of his last five starts, which included a run of back-to-back quality outings. However, the Braves got to him last time out, as catcher Tyler Flowers ended his night early with a three-run blast in the fourth inning.
Bryce Harper (massively overrated) now has just 2 RBIs less than Mike Trout (best player in baseball)…
— Philly Sports Insider (@phillyinsider99) September 10, 2019
Eflin has had a tough time versus the Braves in 2019, going 0-3 with an unsightly 11.57 ERA in three starts against Atlanta. He completed less than four innings on all three occasions, but he is 2-3 with a career 4.45 ERA in six career starts versus the Braves. According to Baseball Savant, current Braves are batting .315 in 102 plate appearances off the Phillies’ right-hander heading into Wednesday’s contest.