By Sam Bush
Aaron Nola finished fourth in 2022 National League Cy Young voting behind winner Miamio’s Sandy Alcantara, Atlanta’s Max Fried and the Dodgers’ Julio Urias..
The Phillies picked up Nola’s team option for 2023, which begs the question:
Why haven’t they already made a long-term commitment for their 29-year-old ace?
Don’t let his 11-13 record fool you. In many ways the 2022 season was better than his 17-6 in 2018.
The Phils just didn’t score for him.
Nola struck out 235, walked only 29, had a 3.25 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.
Since 2018, he ranks fifth among all qualified starters in fWAR, behind only Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole, and Zack Wheeler. Nola leads baseball with the most innings pitched in that span. He has been one of, if not the most sturdy, reliable starting pitcher in the game.
And he is rarely late or missing for work!
Nola has had an erratic relationship with the fan base, but Phils Nation would never forgive Dave Dombrowski for letting him walk.