Aaron Nola, who has put together the best season of his short career, was named to the National League pitching staff for next week’s All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. It’s likely that Nola won’t be named the starting pitcher for the NL team because of the presence of Max Scherzer. Not only is Scherzer having a big season, but the game is in his home park which will likely give him the pick over Nola.
On the season, Nola is 11-2 with a 2.41 ERA. He leads the National League in both wins and winning percentage (.846) through his first 18 starts of the season.
Nola’s lowest season ERA for a full year came last season when he finished with a 3.54 ERA, besting his 3.59 mark in his rookie season of 2015 when he made just 11 starts. In 2016, Nola barely even pitched into the second half of the season when he was shut down with an elbow strain in late July and made 20 starts and struggled to a 4.78 ERA. At one point, the fear was that he would require Tommy John surgery but an extensive strength and rehab program following the injury made him able to avoid surgery.
“I wasn’t really trying to pitch to be an all-star,” Nola told Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia after being told of his selection. “I was just trying to do my job for the team and try to win for the team and do my part. I’ve definitely had my ups and downs, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself and who I am as a player.”
Nola was the only Phillies player to make the National League roster this season even though the team sits at the top of the NL East standings.