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Rise and Phight: 9/8/2021

The Phillies giveth and the Phillies taketh away.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

One day after playing what was, perhaps, their best game all season, the Phillies played an absolute stinker.

Aaron Nola was fine – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 K, 0 BB, 0 HR – and if this wasn’t September and if Nola hadn’t been struggling all season there would be nothing to complain about. But within the context of “2021 Nola” and “September Nola”, this felt like yet another disappointing outing. In the bottom of the third, Nola seemed to forget how to put hitters away, and he allowed five straight hits which lead to three earned runs. Typical inning for 2021 Nola.

If I recall correctly, T-Mac said on the broadcast that it was the longest inning pitch-wise of Nola’s career. That’s not ideal. To Nola’s credit, he was able to right the ship and he got through the next two innings easily, but he couldn’t reverse the damage that the third inning did to his pitch count, and he had to leave after five innings.

While Nola’s ERA went up to 4.57, his fWAR also went up to 3.7, which ranks eighth among National League pitchers. His FIP, xFIP, SIERA, and K/BB all improved. His FIP ranks eleventh in the NL, his xFIP seventh, his SIERA fourth, and his K/BB third. And yet to anyone watching, it was apparant that Nola struggled through that third inning. Nola’s 2021 season just continues to be unbelievably frustrating.

Anyway, that’s enough of my rambling about last night’s game. For a more thorough game wrap-up, you can read Smarty’s recap here. And now onto the links.

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