Could Ivan Nova be the 6th man?

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, it is worth asking the question; does Ivan Nova have a guaranteed spot in the Opening Day rotation? Joe Girardi says he doesn’t, but he also says Michael Pineda doesn’t either, which doesn’t pass the chuckle test. As stated above, Pineda was an All-Star last season who struck out over 9 batters per nine innings with a sub 3.00 BB/9 and should be ready to pitch ~200 major league innings at this point in his development. Changeup or no changeup, Pineda is going to be one of the Yankees’ five starters when the regular season rolls around, unless perhaps something goes terribly wrong over the rest of this month.

Is Nova in the same boat? He did finish the season strongly after being recalled from Triple-A in late July, strong enough to win the designation of being the team’s second starter in the ALDS, but he also rocked a 4.50 ERA as late as June 3rd, and even in that stretch of good pitching to end the season, his peripherals suggest there will likely be some level of regression down to the mean from that.…

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The over/under game

It’s Friday, so let’s take it easy here. There’s less and less to write about every day and I’m a bit fried this week, so here’s a fun game to pass the time on a Friday morning. It’s simple: I’ll throw out a player and a stat, you tell me if you think he’ll go...

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Nightly Links: Nova, Robertson, Hughes

  • The Yankees have now lost four straight games. It was a 6-1 loss motivated by Ivan Nova‘s shaky command, giving up 5 runs over 2.2 innings. David Phelps went 2.1 IP and went scoreless with 2 walks and a hit. The rest of the pitchers also struggled with baserunners, Cabral,...
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Poll: Prospect Most Likely To Breakout This Spring

At the moment, any vacancy on the 25 man roster appears to be open for a reliever. Regardless, a strong enough spring could force management to consider one of the organizational prospects. Zoilo Almonte has impressed the most so far, going 5 for 6 with a double and a triple. Top prospects,...

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Bold Prediction: Phil Hughes The Number Two Starter

In my first post here at TYA, I was optimistic about Phil Hughes due to a relationship I saw between FIP and velocity. I don’t necessarily think that the faster he pitches the better he’ll be, but perhaps the relationship depends on good health or confidence. Regardless, we watched the right hander...

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The Incredible Disappearing Opposite-Field A-Rod

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Alex Rodriguez‘s home run off of Roy Halladay this past Sunday, meaningless as it seemed from a statistical standpoint, was actually more important than you might think because of the swing he took to hit it.  It was a compact,...

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Great moments in axe grinding

And which prospects, exactly, have lost their luster as they approached the big leagues. Going back to the time of the Big Three of Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, and Joba Chamberlain there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of objective data points to back that up. Hughes was the fourth ranked prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America prior to the 2007 season, the last year he was eligible for the rankings, and after that season the Twins wanted him as the main piece of a potential Johan Santana trade. The Diamondbacks traded away their own prized youngster, Max Scherzer, in exchange for Kennedy (and Edwin Jackson), and Kennedy finished fourth in the balloting for the Natinal League Cy Young award last season. As for Banuelos and Betances, they’re still in Baseball America’s top-100 this year as well, with Banuelos even cracking the top 30 and, today, being ranked as the fifth best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball.…

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April and the Rotation

The trickiest thing when managing a starting rotation is attempting to strike the ever delicate balance of rest and optimization. While a four man rotation–hence, three days rest–may get a teams ace more starts, it’s possible that, unless closely monitored, the pitchers will get overworked. But even with today’s five man rotations, there are occasionally...

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