DeGrom, who missed a start with a hyperextended right elbow, struck out Rhys Hoskins, got Carlos Santana to ground back to the mound and fanned Maikel Franco to end a 10-pitch at-bat. Eflin was scheduled to pitch Saturday and Nola was Sunday's probable starter.
"You can skip one, make sure everything's fine", deGrom told MLB.com about the decision to pass on his previous turn in the rotation.
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. "So after talking to them, I understand the decision". He enters Sunday with a 0.99 WHIP and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings rate on the season.
The flame-throwing righty has gone at least six innings and allowed three runs or less in his latest trio of starts, but the Mets offense has come up short each time.
DeGrom is historically successful against the Phillies.
"I've really tried to become a guy who can put people away and pitch to contact", Eflin told reporters.
Yoenis Cespedes' sixth-inning homer was the only run off Nola, who allowed nine hits in six innings. It's not the dominant effort he had against the Giants on Tuesday, but it's another strong start for the 24-year-old right-hander, and he now has his ERA below two at 1.99. "He stood that tall on the mound". He had a 5.85 ERA in 22 major league starts prior to 2018.
The New York Mets won each of Noah Syndergaard's first five starts this season. He went 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 10.7 SO/9 over 43 1/3 innings and was working on a scoreless streak of 18 1/3 frames after stringing together three shutout appearances against the Braves and Padres. The Mets are 41-17 in their last 58 games at Citizens Bank Park - including a 3-1 victory Friday - and are 41-19 overall against the Phillies since 2015.
Edubray Ramos worked around a walk in the ninth for his first big league save as the Phillies improved to 8-14 against the NL East.