The Philadelphia Phillies’ magic run is over.
After firing manager Joe Girardi and promoting Rob Thomson to the job, the Phillies took off 22–29 and found a way to advance to the playoffs.
There they beat the St. Louis Cardinals to advance to the NLDS, where they would do the same with the Atlanta Braves.
The trend continued in the NLCS with the San Diego Padres.
However, Philadelphia has only missed two games of its first World Series title since 2008.
Aaron Nola, one of the team’s aces, was a key factor in their run for the NL pennant, but had an $18 million club option for 2023.
Today, the Phillies made the easy decision to exercise that option and keep him for at least one more season.
Phillies buy $18 million option from Aaron Nola
—Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 7, 2022
Phils keeps Nola for 2023
Nola topped the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series and threw another gem against the Braves in the NLDS.
From then on, his outings were less than stellar, but the 29-year-old right-hander went 11-13 in 32 starts and posted a 3.25 ERA in the regular season.
The Phillies now have their two aces locked in for 2023.
Zack Wheeler still has two years left on his contract with the Phils.
But having them both back for 2023 should give them a shot at another run at the Fall Classic.
In five starts this postseason, Nola has gone 2-2 and posted a 4.91 ERA.
The right-hander started Games 1 and 4 of the World Series against the Houston Astros and didn’t make the fifth inning in either game.