Adam Morgan will make a spot start for the Phillies Thursday night in Colorado. Lucky him.
Morgan draws the tough assignment at Coors Field, where the Rockies average 6.3 runs per game and have hit .305 with a .904 OPS this season. Coors Field is a challenge for any pitcher and could be even worse for one who hasn't started in two weeks and had been struggling.
Morgan's start is in the rotation spot typically occupied by Aaron Nola. The Phillies are skipping Nola's final start before the All-Star break to give him an extended rest of about two full weeks. Nola is in the worst stretch of his young career, going 0-4 with a 13.50 ERA and .427 opponents' batting average over his last five starts.
Morgan pitched himself out of the Phillies' rotation by late June. He was 1-6 with a 6.55 ERA when the Phillies decided to replace him with Zach Eflin, who has excelled since an ugly debut, posting a 2.03 ERA in his last four starts.
Morgan has stayed in the majors in the Phils' bullpen but has made just two appearances during those two weeks, allowing one run in 3⅔ innings.
Morgan will oppose Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis in Thursday's series opener. The Phils and Rockies play a four-game series as baseball's unofficial first half comes to a close.