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: HealthNola 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.
CommandIn 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.