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Could Aaron Nola Be The Phillies’ Next Cole Hamels?

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After dealing with injuries over the last 11 months, Aaron Nola has gotten better as 2017 has progressed, tallying a 3.17 ERA in 16 starts this season.  He has really been on the roll his last seven starts compiling 60 Strikeouts in 48.1 Innings Pitched while allowing only eight runs and a .189 Batting Average Against.  More and more, Nola is looking like he could be the team’s future Opening Day Starter, Phillies Writer Corey Seidman joined The Sports Bash on Thursday and gave his analysis of Aaron Nola in 2017:

“When Nola was drafted, people said that he was more of a mid-rotation piece and I think that was mainly because he was viewed as a fast riser. So people were saying he might not be an ace but he’s going to make it through the system quickly and that whole narrative took on a life of its own. What we’ve seen lately out of Nola and I wrote about this after his last start prior to last night, it kind of reminds me of the evolution of Cole Hamels because when he first came up he was Two Pitch Pitcher. He threw a low 90s fast ball and that great change up. For awhile it made him very effective and it wasn’t until Hamels got real command of his curve ball and until he added the cutter once Cliff Lee came here that he (became) this Four Pitch Monster that could stifle teams and right now that’s where Nola is. Over his last 7 starts his opponents have hit .137 against his Two-Seam Fastball. They hit .170 against his Four-Seam Fastball, .200 against his Curve and .269 against his Change Up. So all four pitches are working right now.”

Checkout what Seidman had to say about Matt Klentak as General Manager, expectations for when fans can expect to see top prospects make it up to the big leagues, and more Phillies talk

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