PHILLIES’ NOLA NEEDS A COMMAND PERFORMANCE AGAINST BRAVES

By Barbara Harrison

Aaron Nola hopes to get back on track tonight in the Phillies’ series opener against the Braves at Turner Field.

Nola, who was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2014, went 5-4 with a 2.65 ERA in his first 12 starts, looking like a potential National League All-Star, but he is 0-5 with a 10.61 ERA in his last seven.

Nola’s calling card has been his pinpoint command, but it has been missing since the middle of June.

Braves right-hander Matt Wisler (4-10, 4.92 ERA) has been dealing with his own struggles. He is 1-2 with a 9.98 ERA in his last three starts, allowing six runs in each of those starts.

The Braves are 3-6 this season against the Phillies, who swept them in a three-game series earlier this month in Philly.

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