Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aaron Nola Watch: Episode 2

Aaron Nola's second start built off of his first. He pitched just five innings, but he looked very strong. The right-hander scattered six hits and no walks against six strikeouts.
He's building up a strong base for the season.
Let's break down his last start and his season so far.


Goal No. 1: Health

Nola left his second start without an injury scare. So we're starting off nicely there. While he did only pitch five innings, he tossed 90 pitches. His arm is getting stretched out. 
Grade: A

Command

In his first start, Nola threw first pitch strikes on 13 of 24 batters he faced. He did slightly better this week, getting first pitch strikes on 12 of 21 batters. Overall, he threw strikes on 61 of his 90 pitches. That's pretty nice. He didn't walk anyone. So his control was close to pristine.
Grade: A-

Results

Nola didn't get a quality start because he didn't make it through the sixth, but he pitched strongly against a good lineup. You can't take this start for granted. Nola has to have some confidence as he goes into tonight's start against the New York Mets.

2 comments:

GM-Carson said...

7 strong against the Mutts and a W would be nice tonight.

GM-Carson said...

He does not look good tonight. I have this horrible fear that all the hyped players/prospects end up being only slightly better than mediocre.

Nola
Velasquez
Franco
Alfaro
Cozens
Williams
Quinn
Crawford
Lively
Eflin
Hoskins
Knapp
Appel

Windle already looka like a lost cause.