While his career 3.60 ERA hasn’t been that stellar, he has had some ugly defenses behind him, and his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is a much better 3.28.
Since making his MLB debut in 2015, however, Nola hadn’t seen postseason baseball until now.
On the other end of the spectrum, playing for the San Diego Padres, we have catcher Austin Nola.
Austin is Aaron’s big brother: the two will face each other in the National League Championship Series to define who wins the pennant.
“It’s Nola vs Nola for Game 2 in San Diego. They are the first pair of brothers to ever meet in a pitcher-batter matchup in the #Postseason,” MLB Network tweeted.
It's Nola vs Nola for Game 2 in San Diego 🤝
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 19, 2022
Which Brother Will Advance To The World Series?
One of the two brothers will be playing the World Series for the first time in his career.
Who is it going to be?
As opposed to Aaron, Austin did have a brief taste of the postseason in 2020, when the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Padres in the Division Series.
Both brothers are playing well in the 2022 playoffs: Aaron, who is taking the ball this afternoon against the Padres in Game 2 of the NLCS, hasn’t allowed any runs in 12.2 innings so far; while Austin is hitting .333/.393/.417 with four RBI in 30 plate appearances.
The battle of the Nolas is on, and so is the exciting Padres – Phillies series.
The Padres are not without weapons, though, so it should be a long, competitive matchup.