How’ll Aaron Nola look in his second start post-injury?
Philadelphia held their collective breathes on Sunday as first-round pick Aaron Nola returned from a back injury.
Somewhat surprisingly Nola mowed down Pirates hitters in a 1-0 loss in the cross-state rivalry series. Going seven innings the righty allowed only four hits while striking out five Pirates hitters.
Nola’s start against Cincinnati could be just as crucial towards the future of Nola, who has dealt with back and elbow issues in years past. If he can keep Reds hitters off-balance, and get run support, the righty could be on the way to his third win of the season.
Despite just two career starts against the Reds Nola has been dominant in both his outings, flashing a combined 1.29 ERA in 14 innings. He’s also collected 17 strikeouts in his two starts against Cincinnati, eight of which came in the second game of the season last year.
We’ll also see who catches for Nola, as Andrew Knapp has caught half of his starts this year.