Doing deep dives on Aaron Nola’s season is going to be all the rage this offseason. It’s just inexplicable how inconsistent he has been this year. All of his underlying stats suggest he shouldn’t be as bad as he has been this year, but using the eye test tells you that the team just couldn’t trust him. I’ll give him some credit for last night where he battled all night, working hard in his five innings, but he just has never seemed to have it this year.
He’ll probably welcome this offseason respite the most of anyone on the team. He just needs to stop thinking about the game this winter and come back and start all over in February. He’s not the #1 anymore, so he can prepare as such, so we’ll just have to wait and see what he looks like when spring training starts.
On to the links.
- It’s possible that the Phillies could be the leader in this less desirable category pretty soon.
- As we talked about briefly yesterday, the team hired Preston Mattingly to revamp their farm system.
- As the team’s season winds down, more articles are starting to be written about how good Bryce Harper’s season has been.
- This profile from Sports Illustrated on Harper was excellent and well worth your time.
- The Pirates called up one of their top prospects to give him a spot start yesterday.
- Marcus Semien set a record for most home runs by a second baseman last night with this blast off of Gerrit Cole.
- It’s never too early to put the free agents to be into tiers for the offseason, as strange and unpredictable as it may be.
- Devin Williams was a ding dong and ending up breaking his hand right before the playoffs. The whole alibi seems a little fishy.
- Nolan Arenado ain’t goin’ anywhere this offseason.
- Michael Taylor isn’t going anywhere in the near future.