PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies open the team's season on Friday against the Miami Marlins, and they know who will be taking the mound for them in the team's first game.
P Aaron Nola has been tabbed to start his third consecutive Opening Day, albeit this one will be in late July.
It is the first time a pitcher has done that for the Phillies since the late P Roy Halladay started three consecutive Opening Days from 2010-2012.
The last pitcher to start four consecutive Opening Days for the Phillies was Hall-of-Fame P Steve Carlton started 10 straight in the late '70s through mid '80s.
Nola, 27, is undoubtedly the Phillies ace, and is coming off a 2019 season where he made a career high 34 starts.
Over 202.1 innings, Nola pitched to a 3.87 ERA while striking out a career high 229 batters.
The Phillies will hope Nola can continue to be a workhorse at the top of the team's rotation for the shortened 60 game regular season.
First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. on July 24.