Just wanted to touch on an observation I had during yesterday’s game. I don’t know how much we can take from one start, but it’s worth noting that Ivan Nova‘s sinker looked really good yesterday. He’s struggled to command the pitch since coming back, and that lack of command has contributed to his hittability and low strikeout/swing-and-miss rates. Not yesterday. Here’s where Nova’s 43 sinkers were located:
Of those 43 sinkers, Nova threw 26 of them for strikes. He drew swings on 20 of them and swings and misses on 5. 3 of those 5 whiffs came on strikeouts, which might be the best part about Nova’s outing yesterday. He struck out 7 batters overall, 6 of them swinging, and got the 6 swinging Ks on 3 sinkers and 3 curveballs. That’s the type of stuff we’re used to seeing from Nova when he’s on his game.
Compare yesterday’s results to the 202 sinkers Nova threw over his first 6 starts:
The overall location distribution looks very similar, and it is. …