Though he seemed to have trouble locating his curveball in the game, the right-hander held a very good lineup to limited damage.
We'll recap all of his starts this season.
Considering how important his health and success is to the Phillies' season and future, we'll look at specific goals
CommandNola's bread and butter is his command. With his movement, having good command means he can dominate a lineup.
Nola threw first pitch strikes on 13 of 24 batters he faces. That's a notch below his normal numbers. The more he's ahead, the better off he is. He also threw just under league average for strike percentage, coming in at 64 percent. However, 24 percent of his strikes were
ResultsNola gave the team a quality start. Considering his biggest trouble came in the first inning and his last inning, it wasn't a bad outing at all. He struck out 7 against two walks and seven hits. He ended up allowing 3 earned runs.
Nola ended up throwing 89 pitches in six frames.
His next start is tonight against the Washington Nationals. It's a lineup that now has seen him already. So if he pitches well again, that's a good portend for the season.