Another can’t-miss option is Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. The Phillies are currently in the midst of yet another impressive postseason run. One difference between this year and last is how Nola is performing. In last year's postseason, Nola started five games, and the first two went quite well. He pitched a total of 12.2 innings with zero earned runs. However, in the next three starts combined, Nola pitched only 13 innings, never going beyond 4.2 innings, and gave up 14 earned runs.
This year he's found consistency. In his three games, Nola has pitched 18.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs, both of which came in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves. If Nola was struggling similarly to last year, he would not make this list, but he's showing how he can thrive in the high-pressure situations that come with playoff baseball.
Nola's standout quality is his availability. Over the past three seasons, he has showcased this reliability by starting 32 games in all of them. He also started 12 games in the shortened 2020 season, 34 in 2019, and 33 in 2018. They say the best ability is availability, which the Dodgers really found out this year, and Nola can give them that.