An argument can be made that Aaron Nola has been the best pitcher in baseball about a quarter of the way through the 2018 season. The 24-year-old’s 2.9 WAR is the best in baseball among pitchers, and the next National League arm is Max Scherzer at 2.2.
Scherzer and Nola are locked into a battle for the National League lead in most pitching statistics, such as wins, ERA, and home runs per nine innings. Nola is one win behind Scherzer for the most in baseball with seven, and has the sixth-best ERA in baseball at 1.99 through nine starts.
After being called a solid number three starter last year by manager Pete Mackanin, Nola has proven to be a young ace who could potentially lead the club in a championship run. The dog days of summer will be his ultimate test, but as of this moment, Nola is one of the best pitchers in baseball, and deserves to be at the All-Star game, and potentially start.