Aaron Nola has already been named to his first All-Star game and leads the National League with 12 wins on the season. And if he continues to pitch like he has been, the 25-year-old right-hander might find himself in the MVP conversation by season’s end.

“He's not only in the conversation for Cy Young Award,” says ESPN senior MLB writer Buster Olney on the Baseball Tonight Podcast.  "I think he's in the conversation for National League MVP."

Nola dazzled in his last start facing the Mets, allowing just one hit, striking out 10 over seven scoreless innings.  He enters Thursday with a record of 12-2 on the season with a 2.27 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 126/34 K/BB ratio in 123 innings (19 starts) this season.

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