The last thing the Phillies need heading into an offseason loaded with pressing questions is one more bit of uncertainty, but it seems like that’s the way things are trending after another dud of a performance from Aaron Nola last night.
Under the microscope of a playoff race – if you want to call this a playoff race – narratives are susceptible to overreaction. As frustration or satisfaction intensifies, the takes get hotter, and thus it becomes easier to get carried away.
For instance, doubting Nola’s ability or overall worth would be foolish. That’s not what this is about because anyway you dice it, he’s been one of the National League’s best starting pitchers dating back to the start of last season.
But after another disappointing evening in which Nola again buried his team in an early multi-run deficit, I do think it’s fair to wonder where exactly he fits into a hypothetical playoff rotation when the Phillies officially turn the page to the 2020 season.
More specifically, is he good enough to headline one?
I think so. Maybe. Right?