Improvement In 2013: Ivan Nova

When Nova returned from a minor league stint in the middle of 2011, he started 11 more games for the Yankees in July, August, and September. Nova may have been the best Yankee starter for the second-half of 2011, as he emerged with a new devastating slider and a 3.18 ERA in 73.2 innings. We expected a lot out of Nova in 2012, and we received some of that, but only in doses. In June and July, Nova pitched 7 games and 47.2 innings with a 1.70 ERA, allowing just 40 hits and earning 42 strikeouts. In the 11 games following that, Continue reading Improvement In 2013: Ivan Nova

2012 Statistical Trends: Ivan Nova’s XBH Allowed

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Last week I looked at Robinson Cano‘s disconcerting decline in production against left-handed pitching this past season, and what might have been the cause for the change.  This week I’d like to do the same thing with another negative 2012 trend, that being Ivan Nova‘s insanely high number of extra base hits allowed. Hopes were high for Nova in 2012 after his strong finish to 2011.  And in plain English he just flat out sucked this season.  There’s no other way to say it.  Despite setting new career bests in Continue reading 2012 Statistical Trends: Ivan Nova’s XBH Allowed

X-factor in 2013 – young Yankee starters

Since 2007, when Joba Chamberlain was called up to the majors and became an overnight sensation, the Yankees have consistently been able to reach into their farm system to find young pitching talent capable of filling in an immediate need adequately, if not always brilliantly. After Joba it was Phil Hughes in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 it was Ivan Nova. In 2012 the Yankees turned to David Phelps. If we add Michael Pineda to that list, who should be able to return in the second half of 2013, then the Yankees have a lot of depth, and a lot Continue reading X-factor in 2013 – young Yankee starters

Phelps Getting The Ball Instead Of Nova, And What It Means For Both Of Them

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) The biggest non-Mark Teixeira piece of news to come out of Yankeeland yesterday was Joe’s pregame announcement that it would be David Phelps, and not Ivan Nova, who would be taking the ball for tonight’s game.  At the time, this game was still a potential must-win for the Yankees to keep pace in the AL East race, a situation that has changed after the Yankees won and the Orioles lost last night.  With the way Nova has pitched in his last 2 starts and for almost the entire season, there Continue reading Phelps Getting The Ball Instead Of Nova, And What It Means For Both Of Them

Phelps to the Rotation, Nova to the Bullpen, Praise be to Logic

With three games remaining in the season and Nova having struggled mightily (to put it lightly) in five of six months, the Yankees have decided to give Phelps a shot with a veritable first-round ‘bye’ on the line. Nova’s struggles thus far have been well-chronicled, yet it seems as if the onus has been placed on his second half … and I feel that it needs to be said that that is a fairly inaccurate representation of his season. Consider the following splits: Apr. – 24.1 IP, 5.18 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 3.42 xFIP May. – 38.1 IP, 5.87 ERA, 5.84 Continue reading Phelps to the Rotation, Nova to the Bullpen, Praise be to Logic

Nova Shows Off New Windup Against Rays

I’m not sure what to think of Ivan Nova. There are times when he’s absolutely dreadful, and then there are times when he’s the most dominant pitcher in the rotation. And that’s no exaggeration when you consider the 3.18 ERA he put up in the second half of last year, and the 1.26 ERA he dished out in 35.2 IP in June this season. In comparison to hid great streaks, before his recent DL stint, he put up an 8.59 ERA in his previous 5 starts. As odd as it may seem, inconsistency is a necessary hardship when you rely Continue reading Nova Shows Off New Windup Against Rays

Nova to Undergo Tests for Tightness in Shoulder

As per Chad Jennings, Nova felt tightness in his right shoulder as he faced his final batter last night. Reports initially indicated that his shoulder was bothering him throughout the sixth inning, and Girardi stated that this is the first time this season Nova has mentioned any pain or discomfort – so, sadly, this cannot explain away his 7.28 ERA since the All-Star Break. He is likely to miss at least one start. Here’s hoping that the Yankees haven’t voided whatever warranty they have on their pitchers … and that Nova has a speedy recovery.

Can Chris Stewart Fix Ivan Nova?

In his previous two starts, Ivan Nova gave up 16 earned runs and 21 hits over 10.1 innings pitched. After he called his recent slump bad luck, I compared the PITCHf/x numbers, as well as video of his mechanics. I came to the conclusion that Nova, with the intention of increasing velocity, was overthrowing his pitches. It resulted in balls that were released too early and lacked spin rotation, which was causing his pitches to fly up in towards the right handed batter’s box. Throwing pitches to a righties’ weak spot, down and away, resulted in balls right down the Continue reading Can Chris Stewart Fix Ivan Nova?

Randomly rambling

The last two weeks of Yankee baseball have been, well, frustrating is really the only word for them. They can’t see to pitch all the way right or hit all the way right and it’s led to more losses than wins. Let’s ramble a bit, just to get the verbal diarrhea out there and into the open. The Rotation: I think we all know what the issue is here, or rather who the issue is. Despite his bad start last night, Phil Hughes has been pulling his weight in the rotation for a while. CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda are, Continue reading Randomly rambling