Nola (4-0) earned the win against the Rockies on Saturday by recording 12 strikeouts and allowing one run over six innings. He gave up eight hits and one walk. Nola reached double-digit strikeouts for the first time this season and started with six scoreless innings, but he gave up a triple and a double to start off the seventh, ending his outing. The 25-year-old will carry a 4.47 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 60:21 K:BB into Thursday's start versus the Cubs.
Nola lasted just three innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Monday, giving up three earned runs on five hits, striking out three, and walking three as the Phillies eventually prevailed 7-4. Nola struggled with his command in this outing, issuing three free passes and needing 84 pitches to get through three frames before being forced from the game. He had been on a nice run coming into this contest, holding opponents to just one earned run in each of his last three starts, but this setback leaves him with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP through 46.1 innings. Those numbers are a far cry from the dominant campaign he put together last season, when he emerged as a Cy Young candidate with a 2.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 224 strikeouts in 212.1 innings.
Nola (3-0) allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk while striking out seven across six innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Cardinals. Nola's lone blemish came from a solo home run off the bat of Matt Wieters in the sixth inning. Otherwise, he returned to exhibiting strong command, getting 26 called strikes and surrendering only one free pass. After compiling a 6.84 ERA in his first five starts, Nola has allowed only two earned runs across his last two starts, spanning 12.1 innings. He'll look to keep his strong run going in his next start, likely to come Monday against the Brewers.
Nola allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out six across 5.2 innings Wednesday against Detroit. He did not factor into the decision. Nola uncharacteristically walked three batters, causing his pitch count to rack up and resulting in a short outing. However, he was otherwise effective, whiffing six batters and allowing only one extra-base hit. After a rocky stretch early on, Nola has rebounded to allow five earned runs across his last 18 innings while generating 19 strikeouts. He'll look to continue his good form in his next start in a tough matchup Tuesday at St. Louis.
Nola allowed one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out four Thursday against the Marlins. He did not factor into the decision. Nola took advantage of his matchup against the Marlins, turning in his longest start of the season and first quality start in his last three chances. He wasn't overly impressive outside of the ability to prevent runs, racking up only eight swinging strikes across 103 total pitches. Still, it was a step in the right direction for Nola, who now has a 5.68 ERA and 1.58 WHIP across six starts and 31.2 innings.