Ivan Nova has won AL Pitcher of the Month honors according to @MLB. The Yankees talented young right handed went 4-0 this month with a 2.08 ERA over 43.1 innings pitched. Nova struck out 31 batters in August and has now put together back to back months of an ERA just above 2.00.
Nova has been a key cog in the Yankees recent surge. Since Kuroda has not been himself on the mound his past few starts, Nova’s performances have been godsends. One of which includes his most recent start – a complete game shutout against the Orioles.
The Yankees currently sit just 2.5 games behind the Rays for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. If they are to have any chance of catching them, Nova is going to have to sustain this level of performance.