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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 17: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game Two of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 17, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After dropping games 3 and 4, and giving everyone in the Delaware Valley severe heartburn, the Phillies finally righted the ship in game 5. Zack Wheeler shut the Diamondbacks down, holding them to just 1 run over 7 innings. The bats woke up and scored 6 runs, thanks to HRs by Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, and JT Realmuto. They won 6-1, and now need just one more win to get the World Series. Aaron Nola gets the first crack at accomplishing that feat on Monday Night.

Coming into this October, Nola had a 4.91 ERA in the Post-Season. He was great against the Cardinals and Braves last year but then fell apart once the Phillies got to the NLCS. It got even worse in the World Series. This year he was once again fantastic in the first two rounds. The difference is, at least in his first start, he was great in the NLCS too. Nola pitched 6 shutout innings in game 2 vs the DBacks. He also allowed only 3 hits and struck out 7 guys.

It continued the run of the Phillies starters being completely dominant thus far in the postseason.  They have a 1.48 ERA across 11 games. That just so happens to be the lowest ERA by a starting rotation across 11 playoff games in playoff history.

Aaron Nola has been a huge part of that. He has thrown 18.2 innings, has allowed just 2 earned runs, and has 19 strikeouts. They have also won all 3 games he started. Nola has stepped up and delivered every time they have asked him to so far this postseason. And despite his bad ERA in the regular season, he has been pretty great at home all year long. Can he step up again to get the Phillies to the World Series though? Let’s find out.

Here Is How Aaron Nola Has Pitched Against This Diamondbacks Lineup In The Past:

 

  • Corbin Carroll

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single against Zack Wheeler #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .111/.111/.111/.222

    1 for 9, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 1 RBI, 0 BBs, 1 K

  • Ketel Marte

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 19: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits an RBI single against Craig Kimbrel #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies to win Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 19, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .333/.333/.778/1.111

    3 for 9, 1 HR, 0 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBIs, 0 BB, 3 Ks

  • Christian Walker

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after his bases loaded walk against the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    .200/.273/.300/.573

    2 for 10, 0 HR, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 4 Ks

  • Tommy Pham

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 19: Tommy Pham #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after striking out against Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 19, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .083/.083/.083/.167

    1 for 12, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 4 Ks

  • Gabriel Moreno

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Gabriel Moreno #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after his RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .600/.600/.600/1.200

    3 for 5, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 1RBI, 0 BBs, 1 K

  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 19: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits an RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 19, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .250/.250/.375/.625

    2 for 8, 0 HRs, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 4 Ks

  • Alek Thomas

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: Alek Thomas #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks flies out against the Philadelphia Phillies to end the fourth inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .250/.250/.500/.750

    1 for 4, 0 HR, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 RBI, 0 BBs, 1 K

  • Evan Longoria

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 16: Evan Longoria #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during Game One of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 16, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .300/.300/.400/.700 

    3 for 10, 0 HRs, 1 2B, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 3 Ks 

  • Geraldo Perodomo

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 17: Geraldo Perdomo #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts to a fifth inning strike out while playing the Philadelphia Phillies during Game Two of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 17, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    .200/.333/.200/.533 

    1 for 5, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K 

  • Pavin Smith

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: Pavin Smith #26 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after striking out against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    0 for 5, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 0 Ks

  • Totals

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 17: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game Two of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 17, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    .221/.231/.325/.555 

    17 for 77, 1 HR, 5 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 8 RBIs, 1 BB, 22 Ks 

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