Aaron Nola’s All-Star Case

We are quickly approaching the closing of the MLB All Star ballots and there are a couple of Phillies who have a shot at being named to the National League team. Voting for position players ends of July 5th. Although he has to be chosen by the managers to get picked for the game one Phillies’ pitcher who has put on an All-Star campaign is Aaron Nola. Nola has stepped up his game this season showing that he is the ace of this team even after the big free agent signing of Jake Arrieta. Here is a breakdown of Nola’s stats so far this season and how they fare against other starting pitchers in the National League.

Aaron Nola’s 2018 Stats (NL Rank)

Wins: 10 (2nd)
ERA: 2.48 (6th)
SO: 107 (tied for 6th)
IP: 109.0 (2nd)

Based off the numbers it is clear that Aaron Nola has proven himself to be one of the best arms in the National League so far this season. Along with the numbers above some other impressive numbers Nola has to his resume this season is that he is tied for second in the NL in winning percentage at .883, and he is fourth in average allowed at .205. Out of Nola’s 17 starts on the year he has managed to pitch at least six innings in 14 of them and has reached at least five innings in 16 of his starts.
Nola has given quality starts for the Phillies all season besides his one blemish on Father’s day where the Brewers chased him out in four and a third innings. His best outing on the year was his near no hitter in late May. On May 26th he pitched a gem against the Blue Jays going 6.2 innings and only allowed one hit and one run to go with ten strikeouts on the day. This was one of three double-digit strikeout games Nola has had this season. Hopefully the Phillies’ young ace lands his first career All-Star selection after a fantastic first half of the season.

Photo Credits:

The Good Phight

The Upper Darby Sentinel News

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