NO NOLA ALL-STAR, SO WHAT: PHILS ACE ON PACE FOR BIG 2ND HALF!

By Sam Bush

So, the MLB All-Star Game is being played tonight in Cleveland.

And there’s no Aaron Nola.

Nola had a breakout season and a monster first half in 2018, going 12-3 with a 2.30 ERA at the break. He ended up with a 2.37 ERA and finished third in the Cy Young voting.

Riding that unhittable curveball, it was such a dominant campaign that it was easy to project Nola as a true No. 1 starter heading into 2019.

That hasn’t happened.

He had a shaky start, allowing a combined 16 earned runs over his second, third and fourth starts, and he has been digging out of that statistical hole ever since.

The good sign:

Since April 25, he’s 5-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 90 strikeouts and seven home runs in 79 innings — the kind of results we saw last season. Let’s chalk April up to the cold weather in the Northeast. He’s not an All-Star, but he’ll end up the season with better numbers than several of the pitchers on the NL roster.

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