Baseball Is Bad, Again


Aaron Nola has been struggling on and off (mostly on) for two months now in ways that indicated something bigger was at play. The hope was that it was mechanical or mental, but the reality we’re now being presented with is that it’s injury related. This news is accompanied by a somewhat worrisome velocity decline in his most recent starts:

Nola velo

Hopefully this DL stint is as short-lived as that of Vince Velasquez earlier this season, but with less than two months remaining in the regular season, there will be no rush to get the 23-year-old Nola back on the mound.

As for Phil Klein, he’s had brief major league stints for Texas over the past three seasons with unremarkable results (45 IP, 4.80 ERA, 23.5 K%, 11.0 BB%, 1.42 WHIP). It’s likely that he’s a fill-in starter until Jake Thompson is on turn to pitch. Thompson is currently slated to pitch Friday night for Lehigh Valley, so keep an eye on whether or not that schedule changes.

In an additional bit of news:

It will be interesting to get a look at Michael Mariot who was the last man standing in the Phillies waiver-wire reliever bonanza this past winter. In 32.1 innings with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, Mariot has a 2.23 ERA which is much more impressive than his peripheral stats: 19.7 K%, 10.7 BB%, .161 BABIP. Chances are minimal that Mariot sticks in Philadelphia for any extended period of time, but the mere fact that he’s stuck on the 40-man roster for as long as he has indicates that there is something that the Phillies like about him.

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  1. Romus

    August 03, 2016 05:29 PM

    Have to assume an MRI/images were done on Nola’s elbow and no UCL tearing or anything requiring TJ surgery. Hope that is a correct assumption to be made.

    • steve

      August 04, 2016 08:06 AM

      No point in bringing Nola back this year. Really hope he didnt try to pitch through something last month and do any serious damage to his arm. Time will tell…. perfect example of why having Helly on the roster in 2017 isnt the worst thing in the world.

      • Edwin

        August 04, 2016 02:39 PM

        Athletes are notoriously stupid when it comes to these things. Pitch through pain and don’t tell anyone. Act surprised when their arms fall off.

  2. Kram209

    August 03, 2016 06:13 PM

    Mariot pitched last night nailing down the ninth inning in Ben Lively’s gem of a 2-1 win. His stuff looked electric–better than other outings.

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