Nola (7-6) allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out nine in 8.2 innings to earn the win over Atlanta on Sunday. Nola came within one strike of tossing a complete game Sunday, but he gave up a solo homer to Austin Riley in the top of the ninth and was removed from the contest afterward. However, the right-hander still returned to the win column after Ranger Suarez recorded a strikeout to end the game. Nola has alternated wins and losses in his last four starts, and he's recorded a 5.84 ERA and 33:2 K:BB in 24.2 innings during that time. He tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Pittsburgh on Friday.
Nola (6-6) was tagged with the loss Tuesday against the Yankees after allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning five across 5.1 innings. Nola was activated from the COVID-19 list ahead of this game but was far from effective, as he threw 101 pitches (55 strikes) and couldn't even complete six innings. His recent numbers have not been encouraging, either, as he has given up at least four runs in each of his last three starts. He owns an inflated 6.10 ERA across eight outings dating back to the beginning of June and will aim to bounce back in his next start, which is scheduled to occur Sunday against Atlanta.
Nola was activated from the COVID-19 injured list as expected ahead of his scheduled start Tuesday against the Yankees. Nola was supposed to start the final game of the first half but was scratched due to contact tracing. He'll wind up getting an unplanned two-week break but shouldn't be facing significant restrictions, given that he didn't test positive for the virus himself. He'll look to find some consistency at the start of the second half after an up-and-down five-start run prior to the break that saw him strike out eight or more batters four times but also allow six or more runs twice.
Nola will return from the COVID-19 injured list to start Tuesday against the Yankees, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Nola was scratched from his scheduled start on the final day of the first half due to contact tracing. He never tested positive for the virus himself, however, so his performance shouldn't be significantly impacted going forward.
Nola was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Sunday as a result of contact tracing, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Nola was scratched from his start Sunday but has not tested positive for COVID-19. Assuming he continues to test negative and is able to pass through the league's health and safety protocols, he could return shortly after the All-Star break.
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