The jury was always out on Ivan Nova, who came into 2013 with two and a half years split between dominance and floundering. Much like the pitching prospects before him, Nova’s reputation was a seesaw teetering between hype and disappointment.
After winning August’s Pitcher of the Month award, the hype was again high for the right-handed starter. Since his stint with Triple-A, Nova put together 86.2 innings and a 2.28 ERAt. It wasn’t an huge sample size, but it was enough to start believing in the results. Since then, Nova faced the Red Sox twice and the Orioles once. He gave up 11 earned runs over 14.0 innings, good for a 7.07 ERA and a .298/.388/.509 slash.
So now we’re left wondering, who is the real Ivan Nova? We have 377.2 innings of data from his age 23 to 25 seasons that say he’s a back of the rotation pitcher. His 4.38 ERA over that time is far from bad, especially when you take into account the ballparks and competition, but it’s certainly not what the Yankees or fans wanted.…