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).
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.