The Phillies won their 2nd game in a row last night against the Giants. Odubel Herrera continues to get on base, Carlos Santana, is starting to turn it around, from his awful start, and the bullpen did not find a way to blow another strong pitching performance. That performance was turned in by Aaron Nola who is now 5-1 on the season. The numbers were outstanding. Seven innings, 1 run, scattering 5 hits and a career high 12 strikeouts, and a total pitch count of a 109. His stuff was so good, he most likely could have finished the game, but in Gabe’s style of baseball, analytics matter, and the pitch count for him was just to high to let Nola continue.
Lets take a closer look at Aaron by the numbers this year. They are quite impressive, as he has been a stable and promising force in the Phillies rotation this year. Lets take a look at his numbers over the current season so far.
The impressive numbers have been highlighted. He currently has a 2.05 ERA, is giving up under a hit an inning, and has only given up 12 runs and 11 walks in 52 plus innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is better then 4 to 1. The WHIP being under one is super impressive as well, also shows him getting outs. WHIP stands for Walks + Hits per inning pitched. So in reality what this means, is that Nola is allowing under a base runner per inning.
More impressive, is that if you take out his first 2 starts of the year, and the questionable decisions by Kapler in that opening game, his record and numbers would be even more dominant.
He was pulled after 68 pitches and 5 and 1/3 in his first start, and left with a 4-1 lead. The bullpen then gave up 7 runs, and blew a game which was easily winnable. Aside from his first two starts, he has gone at least 6 innings an every start, and has given up less then 3 earned runs in each. Eight of his 11 walks came in his first 3 starts and and he only has allowed 3 in his last 5 starts. In those last 5 starts he has gone at least 6 innings. and given up a combined 8 runs. He has won all but one of those starts in which he gave up 2 runs, and the offense only could generate a single run.
Going forward, with these numbers, and Arrieta behind him, we have a pretty formidable 1-2 punch. If the bats can be more consistent especially on the road, especially in our own division, we could be making noise in this division, and the NL come September. Also the hook is absolutely filthy.
When you can make a baseball do stuff like this, you're going to strike out a lot of batters.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) May 9, 2018