Aaron Nola just made Phillies history!
Phillies starter Aaron Nola went from getting rocked in his last start to making history on Friday evening.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Nola struck out his 10th consecutive Met, tying a Major League record set over fifty years ago.
Fittingly, the pitcher whose record he tied is Mets legend, Tom Seaver, who set the record on April 22, 1970.
And in one of those strange coincidences that makes baseball so special, Nola and Seaver both achieved the feat in Queens; Seaver at Shea, Nola at Citi. Mets fans probably enjoyed it a lot more the first time, though.
The Mets have been wearing Tom Seaver 41 patches on their sleeves this season to honor Tom Terrific, who passed away in August 2020. These teams might be longtime rivals, but in a way, Seaver was there in spirit.
Unfortunately, Pete Alonso doubled to prevent Nola from breaking Seaver’s record, but the accomplishment is immense nonetheless. Seaver finished that game in 1970 with 19 strikeouts.
Nola also set a new franchise record a few strikeouts earlier. No Phillies arm had ever struck out more than seven batters in a row.
At the time of publication, Nola has struck out 12 through five and hit an RBI double to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
Nola has struggled this season, but this kind of historic start might be exactly what he needs to turn himself around.