It has not been the best start to the season for Aaron Nola. After struggling over his last 3 starts in the post-season, those struggles have continued into this season. Through 3 starts he has an ERA of 7.04. That continued last night vs the Marlins. Nola was sailing through the first 4 innings. But then like on opening day, it all fell to pieces with him in one inning. He have up 4 runs in the 6th, before being pulled from the game. So what exactly is plaguing Nola this season? Larry Bowa joined The Anthony Gargano Show, and Aaron Nola’s struggles were one of the things they discussed.
For Bowa, he thinks the pitch clock is hurting Nola. Nola is one of those guys who would take time between pitches a lot. Fidgeting with his hat or his hair. Especially when he has people on base or is having a tough inning. And Larry Bowa thinks the pressure of the pitch clock could be throwing him off.
“He is one of those guys where if he gets into a jam, he likes to back off the rubber and gather his thoughts. Until he makes this adjustment, it is going to be a tough go. He will make the adjustment. There is no doubt in my mind. But we need him and Wheeler to do what they are capable of doing. Which is pitching us into that 7th inning. You start going to that bullpen too much… it shows it’s wear and tear going down the stretch.”
So the good news from Larry Bowa, is that he thinks Nola will figure it out. But until then, it puts the Phillies in a tough spot. Their bullpen is struggling a bit as well. Starting 0-3 in games Nola pitched is not going to get it done for the Phillies. They don’t need him to be the Ace we saw beat the Astros to clinch the playoffs last year in every single game. But they can’t have him having these blowup innings like he has had this season. And Aaron Nola can’t be happy with himself either. Especially since it is a contract year and he is looking for a major payday.
You can listen to the full conversation with Larry Bowa below…
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