Five things we learned from Phillies sweep of the Giants

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies bumps forearms with third base coach Dusty Wathan #62 after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park on May 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 11-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies bumps forearms with third base coach Dusty Wathan #62 after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park on May 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 11-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – MAY 2: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by teammates after leaving the game in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

Aaron Nola is that good

Aaron Nola has been utterly dominant all season long. On Tuesday night he took it to the next level.

Nola set a career high with 12 strikeouts, generating 26 whiffs. He was able to jump from 24th to 10th in the National League in swinging strike rate in just one night. He allowed just one run in seven innings, allowing five hits and walking none. It was a masterful performance, easily ranking among the best in his career.

After his start Tuesday, Nola ranks among the best in the league in several categories. His pitching 2.5 wins above replacement are the best in the entire league. He also ranks eighth in ERA (2.05), WHIP (0.892), and fielding-independent pitching (2.56).

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It shouldn’t surprise anyone when I say this, but Aaron Nola is an ace. Not a “solid No. 3”, or even a No. 2. He is an ace. He compares with the best pitchers in the league and very well could be a Cy Young candidate when this is all said and done.

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