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How Aaron Nola, one of baseball’s best in last two months, stacks up against peers, Phillies predecessors

August 12th, 2017 at 11:17 AM
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The second day of Phillies Alumni Weekend won’t include a Wall of Fame induction (the Pete Rose plan was scrapped less than two weeks ago) but a parade of former Phillies greats will take the field at Citizens Bank Park prior to Saturday night’s game against the Mets.

Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton will don red pinstripes, as will fellow Wall of Famers Garry Maddox, Bob Boone, Charlie Manuel, and Jim Thome, among others. Thome and Manuel were hanging out at Friday night’s game, too.

But during a weekend when the Phillies traditionally honor their history, it’s probably also a good time to recognize the best thing going in the present: the team has a former first-round pick, one of their first building blocks for their rebuild, pitching as well as anyone in baseball in the last two months.

Even as a lost Phillies season enters the dog days of summer, Aaron Nola’s starts have become must-see TV. Or, if you’re so inclined, a good excuse to come down to the 14-year-old ballpark in South Philly.

Since the All-Star break, Aaron Nola has a better ERA than the likes of Madison Bumgarner, Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Corey Kluber, and many others. But Nola’s dominance has gone on for longer than since baseball returned from the break.

Nola, who celebrated his two-year big league anniversary three weeks ago, hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in a start since June 16. He has a 1.76 ERA over that nine-start run, and held hitters to a .207/.262/.317 slash line while sporting a 1.04 WHIP and a 70-to-17 strikeout-to-walk rate in 61 1/3 innings.

But wait, there’s more (all stats entering play on Friday):

  â?¢ Nola’s ERA during his nine-game run (since June 22) is the lowest in the National League among qualified starters and barely trails Kluber (1.74) and Sonny Gray

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