Nick Pivetta to Make MLB debut This Weekend

Nick Pivetta
The Philadelphia Phillies have taken yet another hit to their pitching staff, announcing yesterday they placed Aaron Nola on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Nola had pitched pretty well coming off the injury, going 2-0 with a 4.50 era in 16 innings pitched and has been able to command his pitches. It  has been confirmed by Todd Zolecki of MLBcom and others that Nola’s spot will in fact be  filled by Nick Pivetta , who has been lights out for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and the last day he pitched was Thursday, which is the same day as Nola.

The Phillies acquired Pivetta from the Washington Nationals straight up for controversial closer Jonathan Papelbon, who is now without a team,  a couple days before the trade deadline in 2015 during Ruben Amaro Jr.’s last year as the Phillies general manager.

The 24-year old has dominated in all of three of his starts this year with a 3-0 record and a miniscule 0.95 ERA in 19 innings pitched. The big thing that stands out for him is he’s only walked two batters all year and has struck out 24, which comes out to just 0.9 walks per nine and 11.4 strikeouts per nine. Pivetta also has experienced no trouble going deep into games, logging at least six innings in each start and averaging an even 90 pitches per start.

Due to the rainout last night, Pivetta will not make his debut tonight as the Phillies will go with Vince Velasquez then Jeremy Hellickson Thursday as scheduled. Per Todd Zolecki of, Pivetta will make his major league debut this weekend in LA and he will likely start on Sunday, which is a 4:05 p.m. start time.

Injuries are never good for a team, especially when they are to your starting rotation, but these injuries do give the Phillies an expanded look to analyze what they have for the future and if their pitching depth is everything it seems to be on paper.

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