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Rise and Phight: 3/23/2021

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That wasn’t too shabby of a night from the ace

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

On the night that Joe Girardi made his decision official about who would start for the Phillies on Opening Day, the one everyone knew already but hadn’t been said out loud, Aaron Nola went out and dominated the Yankees like it was a June night in Philadelphia.

Nola looked in midseason form, going 6 innings for the Phillies, nearing 90 pitches, and generally placing his stuff wherever he wanted to. In what turned out to be a pretty disappointing spring training for him numbers-wise, this showed us that he was clearly working on things this spring trying to get ready for the season. The toying with a cutter seemed to be the main thing since he was pretty vocal about it and what he was trying to do. Still, it was nice to see this kind of outing from Nola to set minds at ease for the season to come.

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