And when he misses badly on pitches. He pitched to the Padres sluggers with extreme caution early in the count, and had to put them down with 3 ball - X strike count too often. Not efficient. Nola has pitched over 220 innings this season. He does not do well when tired. He was obviously done even before facing his brother. I understand the 'give him a chance to go 5 to be eligible for the win', but that isn't good playoff baseball and continuing to pitch after he was too tired to pitch well sets him up poorly for the next start. The one problem I see with Nola, whom I regard as a legit star SP, is that he has poor resilience after pitching too long in a game and it often shows up in the next game. The Phillies recognize this, at least to an extent, and tried to get him extra rest late in the season. That did set him up for a good end of season and start of playoffs.
I strongly object to characterizing Nola as Mr. Softie. Mr. Softie doesn't pitch over 200 innings in a season -- very few starters are able to do this. Nor does Mr. Softie end the season or start the playoffs as well as Nola did. Surprise! Nola is a human being. His energy, arm strength, endurance fades at some point. The Mr. Softie name-caller has a convenient habit of labeling each game in which Nola fades as a very big game in which Nola failed to come through for us -- he never does well in big games. That, of course, would be except for the games he won at the end of the season to enable us to reach the playoffs and his early playoff shutout innings. It only counts as a big game if Nola doesn't come through, apparently. It does get old.
I am a big fan of our new manager, but he really, and IMHO obviously, kept Nola in the game too long.