Phillies SP Aaron Nola Should Seek Out the Doc

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Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola’s recent issues have been linked to his mentality. Perhaps some help from the good doctor could get the young righty back on track.

Despite a promising start to his second major league season, Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola has hit a bump in the road throughout the last month

. After holding his opponents to a batting average just over .200 through the first two months of the season, Nola saw batters hitting .430 against him in the month of June.

Consistency with his command, as well as not being overwhelmed mentally when he gets in a bad situation (those Groundhog Day moments) has been pinpointed to blame for his struggles.

Perhaps Nola needs to see a sports doctor to get his head right. Or even better, just a Doc….

Dec 9, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Roy Halladay announces his retirement the MLB Winter Meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Halladay signed a one-day contract and retired with the Toronto Blue Jays. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Roy Halladay announces his retirement the MLB Winter Meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Halladay signed a one-day contract and retired with the Toronto Blue Jays. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports /

When I picture Roy Halladay right now, I picture him living like Yoda in Star Wars V. Living in a hut in the middle of nowhere. People are trying to seek him out to learn the art of pitching. There’s a long arduous journey to reach him.

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Since retiring from baseball following the 2013 season, Roy Halladay has seldom been seen. He’s made appearances at the ballpark once in a while, but he’s been living the dream with his family, and coaching his kids in Little League baseball.

He has also acknowledged an interest in sports phycology, something he picked up from the late Harvey Dorfman, whose advice and writings helped Halladay after being demoted from the majors down to Single-A.

The 39-year-old Halladay has already been called into the Phillies organization to work with some of their younger pitchers, namely former first round pick Jesse Biddle.

Seeking out the Doc to get his head straight could be a major step in Aaron Nola’s career. There is no better person to get advice on the subject than the master himself.

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