Nola (17-6) threw seven scoreless innings to pick up the win over the Braves on Saturday. He worked around two hits and four walks while striking out eight. The right-hander will finish a superb 2018 season with a 2.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 9.5 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. If not for Jacob deGrom's ridiculous 1.70 ERA or Max Scherzer's 300 strikeouts, Nola would have garnered more Cy Young hype. Still, the 25-year-old will rank as a fantasy ace in nearly every eligible 2019 fantasy draft.
Nola will take the mound Saturday against Atlanta for his final start of the 2018 season, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Nola will pitch on an extra day of rest after starting Sunday's series finale versus the Braves, during which he allowed two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six across six innings. The Cy Young candidate hasn't been as sharp this month, posting just a 4.60 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over five starts in September, though his 12.0 K/9 has been far superior to his season-long tally of 9.5.
Nola (16-6) allowed two runs on four hits and one walk across six innings Sunday while taking the loss against the Braves. He struck out six. Nola threw 72 percent of his pitches for strikes and induced nine groundball outs as he largely kept the home team in check. He allowed a run on a pair of doubles in the second inning and then another on a solo home run in the fifth. This was a nice bounce-back performance for Nola, who had failed to complete six innings in either of his previous two starts, and the quality start was his second in the last five. The 25-year-old has blossomed into a frontline starter in 2018 and will make what will likely be his final regular-season appearance Friday against this same Atlanta club.
Nola allowed two runs on six hits over 5.2 innings during Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Mets. He struck out nine and did not factor in the decision. Nola exited with runners on first and third during the fifth inning, but Pat Neshek was able to escape without allowing a run. The 25-year-old has a somewhat troubling trend as he has allowed eight home runs in four September starts, after allowing only eight home runs over his first 27 starts of the season. Nola currently lines up to start Sunday at Atlanta.
Nola (16-5) took the loss Wednesday, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk over five innings while striking out five as the Phillies fell 5-1 to the Nationals. The right-hander has now lost two of his last three starts after going seven straight outings without an L, and Wednesday's start marked the first time in over a month that Nola failed to strike out at least eight batters. He'll carry a 2.42 ERA to the mound Tuesday in a home clash against the Mets.