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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 30: Starting pitcher Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a warm-up pitch during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 30, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.

It has been an ugly 3 days for the Phillies. They are now on the verge of being swept by the Diamondbacks, and Aaron Nola just had his worst start of the year. So what is up with them? Jayson Stark joined ‘The Best Show Ever?’ to weigh in. This is what he had to say

On the Importance of Aaron Nola and Wheeler Being Great

“It is easy to focus on them losing 3 in a row to the Pirates and Diamondbacks. That to me doesn’t have much meaning. What those games say about their rotation is what has meaning… Their formula in this postseason is to go to a short series, and to have Wheeler and Nola be great. After this week, what do we think the odds are of that right now? Wheeler is supposedly coming back next week, but this is a wear-and-tear injury for a guy who hasn’t had peak velocity all year. So that is something to watch. And I don’t know what the deal was with Nola last night. I had one scout tell me he was tipping pitches. But I talked to another scout who thought Nola’s command was off. I don’t have an answer for you, but if Nola isn’t great in September and October, I don’t see any path.”

On Harper Since he Returned

“I think the most important thing is he has felt good enough to play every day. Which you would like to think is telling us that the soreness hasn’t been a significant issue. Let’s assume he is healthy. If he is, there is another gear there. This offense could use that gear. Castellanos is banged up. Schwarber is 6 for 36. They need to score off good pitching in October. For them to do that, those 3 guys need to hit.”

You can listen to the full interview here…