21 Games In; (Re)Visiting Two Early Storylines

With today’s 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies have now played 21 games in 2018, which means we are somehow already through about an eighth of the season.  Hard to believe, Harry. At 8-2 in their last 10 games and 13-3 since their embarrassing showings vs. Atlanta and New York to start theContinue reading… 21 Games In; (Re)Visiting Two Early Storylines Author: jackm From Feed: http://crashburnalley.com/feed/ Powered by…

April 23, 2018

2017 Phillies Report Card: Aaron Nola

Aaron Nola’s arm injury in 2016 might have been the low point of the Phillies’ rebuild. Nola was supposed to be the sure thing in the rebuild, a command oriented middle of the rotation arm advanced beyond his years. After an offseason of worry, things did not get off to a good start. A back injury and poor performance had Nola sitting at 6 games started, 32 innings, and a…

February 20, 2018

Aaron Nola’s Return Upgrades the Phillies Rotation

The Philadelphia Phillies have had terrible pitching this year. I have already addressed how there isn’t any immediate help on the way for the bullpen (though with speculation that Ricardo Pinto is moving to the bullpen that could change). Where there is immediate help for the Phillies is in the starting rotation. The Phillies did not win Aaron Nola’s first start back from injury, but he did show that the…

May 23, 2017

Nola Injured and the Phillies Make a Trade

The Phillies 40 man roster will be a story all year, as they navigate the 11 players they added in front of the Rule 5 draft. With Clay Buchholz’s season ending injury and Elniery Garcia’s PED suspension, the roster opened up some. This was all just in time for injuries to hit the Phillies elsewhere. The heart attack inducing injury was to Aaron Nola’s back. Right now, all indications are…

April 24, 2017

2016 Phillies Report Card: Aaron Nola

When a cornerstone of the future of an organization struggles, for what seems like no good reason, it can be a hard on the fans, but it has to be brutal on the player. And so it was with Aaron Nola in the summer of 2016. It got so bad that Nola was shelved for a short period to “clear his head” and allow a bit of arm fatigue to…

December 29, 2016

Exploiting Bottom of the Zone Amplifies Phils’ Dominant Curveballs

Last week I explored the Phillies’ pitching staff’s ability to make hitters chase pitches while keeping swing rates down on balls in the zone. The numbers are staggering, but how exactly are they doing it? The answer: their most potent weapon, the curveball, plays incredibly well off their location-based, non-overpowering fastballs. Exploiting the bottom-most edge of the strike zone makes a lot of sense given the current make-up of the…

June 8, 2016

Nola’s Other Pitch

Aaron Nola‘s curveball has received a lot of attention this year, and rightly so.  Nola has seemingly ridden an increased use of the pitch to raise his profile from solid starter to hearing whispers of “ace” just a month into the season. His curveball is undeniably excellent, possibly the best in the baseball, and now he’s throwing it more often without any decrease in effectiveness. Year Thrown% Ball% Strike% Swing%…

May 12, 2016

Phillies Shutting Down Nola for 2015

With just 16 games remaining in the 2015 regular season, and with three off-days built into the balance of their schedule, the Phillies have to be seriously contemplating shutting down rookie starting pitcher Aaron Nola. Since joining the rotation for a July 21st start at Citizens Bank Park against the Tampa Bay Rays, Nola has […] Phillies Shutting Down Nola for 2015 Author: Matthew Veasey From Feed: http://thatballsouttahere.com/category/phillies/feed/ Powered by…

September 16, 2015

Nola Aces Bounceback Test

Since being called up from AAA Lehigh Valley to make his Major League debut back on July 21st of this season, Aaron Nola has made 10 starts for the Phillies. Only two of those qualify as “stinkers”, including the worst start of his burgeoning career last Wednesday in New York against the Mets. In that September 2nd […] Nola Aces Bounceback Test Author: Matthew Veasey From Feed: http://thatballsouttahere.com/category/phillies/feed/ Powered by WPeMatico

September 9, 2015

Mets Show Phillies the Way

The host New York Mets dumped the Phillies by 9-4 at Citi Field to take a victory in yet another series between the two NL East rivals. The first place Mets have now taken the last 9 series against the last place Phils. In this one, New York ace Matt Harvey was spotted a 6-0 […] Mets Show Phillies the Way Author: Matthew Veasey From Feed: http://thatballsouttahere.com/category/phillies/feed/ Powered by WPeMatico

September 3, 2015