Mark Feinsand had an article last week about Ivan Nova and his confidence about making the Yankee rotation out of Spring Training. Nova was nothing if not confident in the piece:
“I’m going to win,” Nova said. “I don’t worry about if they’re pitching tomorrow or what’s going to happen with them. I worry about me.”
That’s awesome to read. It shows us that Nova is focused on himself and is greatly confident. Obviously, confidence doesn’t give you a better out pitch or make you get through a lineup more than twice, but it’s heartening. Despite this encouraging sentiment, I’m not changing my stance on the early season rotation and the idea of starting Nova in AAA.
Freddy Garcia pitched enough innings last year that he’s ready to take on innings in 2011. Bartolo Colon has been injured a lot, but he hasn’t embarrassed himself in Spring Training. That’s enough to take him north. Ivan Nova has more upside than the two of them combined and will likely end up with as many innings as both of them, but they should still start him in AAA Scranton.… Click here to read the rest