A closer examination of Ivan Nova

It is all but certain that Ivan Nova is going to make a playoff start for the Yankees this season. Given the erratic recent play the Yankees have gotten from Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon, it is entirely possible that Nova will be asked to take the mound early in a postseason series, against a more established pitcher. With that in mind, it is high time to take a look at how Nova has done this season. In 151.1 innings of work, Nova has pitched to a 3.81/4.05/4.12 ERA/FIP/xFIP slash line, which translates to a 92 ERA- and a 99 Continue reading A closer examination of Ivan Nova

Yankee bats make like it's 2010; go silent against mediocre lefthanded junkballer in yet another extra-inning loss

I thought we were done with this. One of the banes of the 2010 Yankees’ existence — the lefthanded slop artist — was something this year’s team has convincingly put behind them, which is perhaps why watching the Yankees do absolutely nothing against Jason Vargas — a mediocre pitcher having a bad year (he came into this game with a 4.49 ERA over 180.1 innings) and who the Yankees have previously killed (7.86 career ERA vs. NYY prior to last night) — was so frustrating. I know it’s a long season and yes, even bad pitchers can shut down great Continue reading Yankee bats make like it's 2010; go silent against mediocre lefthanded junkballer in yet another extra-inning loss

Nova's 11th straight win propels Yankees back into first

I missed most of this one, so this’ll be quick. Ivan Nova recovered from a shaky first inning to go seven strong, striking out four and only giving up three hits as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 3-2. The win, coupled with Boston’s loss to the Rangers, landed the Yankees back in first place. Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run — his sixth of the year — and Robinson Cano broke the tie with what would be the game-winning hit, knocking Derek Jeter in. The Yankees were without both Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, and though the offense Continue reading Nova's 11th straight win propels Yankees back into first

2011 a steady climb for Ivan Nova

If you’ve tracked what I’ve written this year, you’d probably know that for the majority of this season, I haven’t been a huge Ivan Nova fan. I thought he didn’t miss enough bats and didn’t display good enough control to be consistently effective at the major league level. Well, to this point, Nova’s proven me a bit wrong, hasn’t he? His entire season does not paint a picture of dominance (he’s got a 97 ERA-, a 100 FIP-, and a 101 xFIP-), however, he’s been getting gradually better as 2011 has rolled on, and he’s been pretty damn good for Continue reading 2011 a steady climb for Ivan Nova

Bombers blast Orioles in nightcap

After scoring zero runs in the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader, things didn’t start out promisingly in the night game, as the Orioles jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against Ivan Nova. However, Curtis Granderson had other ideas, blasting his Major League lead-tying 37th home run int top of the third innings to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Robinson Cano would break a 3-3 tie in the sixth with a solo shot — the first of back-to-back-to-back home runs with Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones, the first time the Yankees pulled that feat off since May 20, 2009 — Continue reading Bombers blast Orioles in nightcap

Pondering the postseason rotation

Last night, I had an excellent time at the Wood-n-Tap with some of my favorite fellow Yankee fanatics. We ate, we drank, we laughed, we mocked the bunt (along with anything else worth mocking), and generally chatted about all things baseball. It was a great time, especially as I haven’t had a chance to really focus on a game for this past week or so (been very busy with wedding planning stuff!). At one point during the middling innings of the game, Rebecca Glass of YDB and I mused over the rotation that the Yankees might deploy come the postseason. Continue reading Pondering the postseason rotation

Nova leads Yanks to 3-0 win and series victory over Twins

Ivan Nova bounced back from his shelling against the Royals last Tuesday as well as any0ne could’ve hoped for, hurling seven shutout innings of five-hit, five-strikeout, one-walk ball against the Twins, leading the Yankees to a 3-0 victory and series win. It was yet another impressive start in a season full of them for the Yankees’ young righthander. Nova’s finest moment came in the fifth, with the score still 0-0. The Twins put their first two runners on — the second one reached on a fielding miscue between Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher — and Nova was facing a second-and-third, Continue reading Nova leads Yanks to 3-0 win and series victory over Twins

Just stop, Bondy. Just stop.

I haven’t done this in a long time and they should be taking over Deadspin soon, so it’s time to hack up a piece of bad sports journalism in honor of Fire Joe Morgan. Filip Bondy of the Daily News thinks it would be a good idea to move Bartolo Colon to the bullpen. After introducing the situation…. That talk is wrong. If Burnett is truly, foolishly an untouchable in this situation, then it’s time to look next at Bartolo Colon. No long-range good can come from pulling the plug on one of the two young starters who are a Continue reading Just stop, Bondy. Just stop.

Yankee bats pick Nova up in 9-7 comeback win

The Royals sure seem to have Ivan Nova‘s number. Kansas City — responsible for Nova’s shortest and arguably worst outing of the year back in May — beat Nova up for a second straight time, dropping seven earned runs (a season-high for Nova) on nine hits over 5.1 innings on the young righthander. Those nine hits against Nova included three doubles, a triple and a home run. Nova did manage two 1-2-3 innings, but he couldn’t hold on to the lead after the Yankees battled back to jump on top 3-2 in the third. With the way the Royals were Continue reading Yankee bats pick Nova up in 9-7 comeback win