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OOTP 3/31: Phillies 2, Mets 0

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Aaron Nola is my baseball oxygen

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

This was supposed to be a matchup between Aaron Nola and Jacob deGrom.

Ace against ace.

Top dog against top dog.

Then the Mets went and pushed deGrom’s start back for some reason and brought in Steven Matz. No matter. Even deGrom wouldn’t have won this game.

Aaron Nola was absolutely masterful, scattering only four hits over 8 innings, walking three and striking out six. He was helped out by some good defense behind him, going errorless yet again.

For the Phillies, the offensive hero was Jean Segura, whose home run in the third inning was all that Nola would need for the day. Nola even helped himself with a single in the seventh inning before being knocked in by Rhys Hoskins for a little insurance.

The story, though, was Nola. He was fantastic. Take out that pesky Luis Guillorme (who?) and Nola only allowed two hits. Hector Neris got his first save of the year, locking up the ninth after a game ending double play.

deGrom will take on the Phillies in tomorrow’s game, in which Zack Wheeler makes his return to Queens. This is the best pitching matchup of the young season thus far. Let’s hope he can last longer than his season debut.