Nola's fine. He would certainly benefit from better defense, if that popup down the left field line is caught, he has a scoreless inning and we are all congratulating him on slowly putting his September ghosts to bed. That's two September wins in a row for Nola, good for him. If he turns out to be a #3-#4 starter starter for the Phils, then I guess Scherzer and Verlander are headed to Philadelphia because he may not be an ace but his anti-vax stance has certainly turned some on here to turn on him unfairly. I will take Aaron Nola on my staff any day of the week.
And while I doubt the team has enough time to catch Atlanta, these September comebacks matter, they just do. I admit that even when they were down 6-0, because of the comebacks they have been making lately, I honestly thought they would come back and was not surprised by the result.
Look, there is lots of work to do this off season, but playing meaningful games in September have a carry over effect, we saw that in 2008 after the great September of 2007 [unfortunately Colorado's was even more incredible, something like 16 of 17 wins to finish the season.] Harper is likely to win the MVP, Wheeler, Nola and Realmuto have now experienced a true pennant race, the team has developed a charector [no deficit is too much] and I can honestly see a team taking shape.
I believe Dombrowski is the right man for the job, the ghosts of Klentak/McPhail are disappearing and I will be very surprised if the Phils aren't a strong contender for the NL East next year. I also believe some of those disappointments now on the daily lineup cards at Triple A will still have good careers with the Phils. I have never thought it was a scouting or drafting problem, I have always believed it was a coaching and teaching problem in the minors. Too many agendas, too many different voices, too much politics. DD saw this and is removing those cancers.
To sum up, probably no playoffs this year, but for the first time since 2011 I honestly can say the higher ups are painting a picture [a phrase I used with Gillick and not since] that I can see coming to fruition. Brighter days are coming, I truly believe it.