Phillies 2023 Report Cards: Grading the starting pitching

In a rollercoaster year for the Phillies' pitching staff, who was dependable and who was expendable?
Championship Series - Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks - Game Seven
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Aaron Nola

What can you say about Aaron Nola? He has been the guy for eight-plus years now in Philly. He is Philly. Fresh off his recently agreed-upon contract, we'll get to see him in red pinstripes for the foreseeable future.

His 2023 was a very interesting one, to say the least. Nola surrendered a career-high 32 home runs over the course of 32 starts — not good. Nola ended the season with a 1.151 WHIP — very good. Aaron Nola has stuff, durability, and poise; that's what makes him a great pitcher.

Obviously, Nola wasn't what everyone had expected, or even hoped for, this year. His sniper-like two-seamer that always used to find the edge leaked over the plate. His nasty 12-6 Curveball that he would bury in the dirt stayed up just a little too long. His velocity was down consistently late into games. Yet, he still ended the season with a 4.46 ERA, close to 200 innings, and 200-plus strikeouts again.

Everyone has hiccups or off periods. Thankfully it wasn't during the postseason.

Nola pitched to a 3-1 record with a 2.35 ERA with over 20 strikeouts in his four starts in the postseason. He was a huge piece of the carefully crafted puzzle Caleb Cotham and Rob Thomson created.

The postseason matters most. If he hadn't performed so well during the postseason his grade would be a C. Instead, he receives a B.

Grade: B