Adam Morgan, Aaron Nola and Jerad Eickhoff have all made their major league debuts within the past four months, so it was a little odd that they would all be starting against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field this weekend. Still, with the state of the Phillies, why not? Actually, all three were impressive against a Braves lineup that really should be hitting better than they are. The trio of Morgan, Nola and Eickhoff turned collected a loss and two no-decisions for their efforts.
Friday night, Adam Morgan allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter over six innings of work, giving up two earned runs in the process. The outing lowered his season ERA with Philadelphia from 4.60 to 4.48 in 15 starts. The 25-year old, thanks to a dismal Phillies offense, suffered the loss and is now 5-7 on the season. Eickhoff followed up Morgan's outing with a seven-inning gem of his own, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out five without allowing a run. The shutout innings brought Eickhoff's ERA from 3.90 coming into the game, down to 3.16 in six starts. The right-hander has been effective in all but one outing, when Boston hit him for six earned runs in four innings of work.
And finally, it was Aaron Nola's turn on Sunday, and like his young bretheren, he pitched well enough to win if he had gotten any offensive support. In his 12th start of the season, Nola threw seven innings, giving up just one earned run. He was saved from a loss when the Phillies tied the game in the top of the ninth, only to lose it in the bottom of the inning. Nola is now 6-2 with a 3.84 ERA since joining the Phillies rotation in July.
Here's a look at what the three pitchers did this weekend against Atlanta, both individually and as a group.
The three young pitchers form a strong group of starters for the Phillies 2016 rotation. Considering that a year ago, Morgan was coming off an injury and nobody was sure how he would produce in 2015, Eickhoff was in the Rangers organization and Nola was the only pitcher expected to have any impact at all with the Phillies, having the trio intact coming into next season is a good foundation.