Examining Ivan Nova as he looks to rebound

Ivan Nova‘s last start was the consummate disaster start. After being pinned to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first, he proceeded to surrender seven runs to the Orioles, including a Chris Davis grand slam, to the Orioles en route to a big loss. After an up and down season, some wonder if Nova will pitch in the playoffs: So, you see, we have a little drama. Tack on that Nova (10-5) has won only one game since June 17 and did not pitch beyond six innings in any of his July starts, and you can even begin Continue reading Examining Ivan Nova as he looks to rebound

No Excuses For Nova’s Disaster

“Bad luck,” Ivan Nova said. “I had a bad day. It was a tough day for me. I threw a lot of good sliders, I threw some good curveballs, I broke two bats and they got base hits. It’s not a good day. … I felt really good and I threw strikes but I gave up 10 hits, nine runs. That’s part of the game. I just have to turn the page.” Wrong answer. I’m sure this quote will be analyzed ad nauseam today, but this is a terribly stupid thing to say. Not only does it show his own Continue reading No Excuses For Nova’s Disaster

More musings on Upton

Yesterday morning, Steve posted about trading for Justin Upton. I’m all for this idea; Upton’s a great talent who’s still under 25 (for about a month or so more) and he’s under team control through 2015. He’d make the Yankees better just like he’d make every other team in the league better if he were traded to them. If the Yankees can get a reasonable deal done in July, they should do it. However, I wonder if they’d be better served waiting for the offseason. Last night while in the car, I heard Jon Heyman on WFAN, and he seemed Continue reading More musings on Upton

Yankee rally fizzles in the 9th, lose to Angels 10-8

The Yankees lost a frustrating one against the Angels today. Anytime the offense puts eight on the board you should win the game. Unfortunately, the Yankee pitching didn’t agree in this one, giving up ten. The Bombers did their damage with the long ball. The Yankees roughed up Jered Weaver, tagging him for five runs on three homers. Alex Rodriguez hit a two run shot to tie the game at two runs apiece in the first inning. Weaver also gave up solo shots to Curtis Granderson and Eric Chavez. One would think that the five runs on three bombs would Continue reading Yankee rally fizzles in the 9th, lose to Angels 10-8

Is history on New York’s side?

The good guys head into play today with the best record in all of baseball. They also find themselves making a mockery of baseball’s very best division, the AL East (currently up by 8 games). The second-half of the season started with a bang on Friday. Now the Yankees look to put the pedal to the medal as they try to claim number 28. Fortunately for the team out of the Bronx, history is on their side. Or is it? One would think so considering they possess the best record in all of baseball to date.

Here is a little history tutorial. The Yankees have been a member of the mighty American League East since 1969 (year of the Miracle Mets). During that time, the Bombers have captured seven World Series titles and eleven pennants. Not too shabby for most franchises. New York not only wants to win every year, but they expect to win every year. The AL East took its current form (with the current five teams) back in 1998. Since 1998, the Yankees have made the playoffs 13 of 14 years, won six pennants, and four World Series. Oddly enough, in two of those four most recent World Series seasons (2000 and 2009), the Yankees did not enter July 15th in sole possession of first place in the AL East. In 2000, they were tied with the Toronto Blue Jays (crazy I know) and in 2009 they were three games behind that team who must not be named.

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Nova fans 10, Yanks win 3 of 4 in Boston

Can every inning be the first inning at Fenway Park? The Yankees scored 14 runs in the four first innings of this series, including two last night to jump out to an early lead against Jon Lester and the Red Sox in Fenway. Derek Jeter, who ended up with three hits, led the game off with (what else?) a single to right off of a left-handed pitcher. Curtis Granderson followed with a single of his own, this one to center. With two on and still no one out, Mark Teixeira ripped a 1-0 pitch down the left field line for Continue reading Nova fans 10, Yanks win 3 of 4 in Boston

Yankees get zero hits with runners in scoring position, win anyway

The Yankees extended their winning streak to an impressive nine games in the fashion to which they’ve become accustomed: Unbelievable pitching from starters and relievers, lots of home runs, and no hits with runners in scoring position. Sunday’s game was unusual. To look at the box score one might think that Ivan Nova was dominating and the offense was somewhat dormant. The impression I got from watching this game, however, was that the offense was also a bit unlucky and Nova benefited from a deeper ballpark than Yankee Stadium. The Bombers scored their runs on a Mark Teixeira sac fly Continue reading Yankees get zero hits with runners in scoring position, win anyway

Game Thread: Yankees versus Nationals, Sunday June 17th

The Yankees have won eight consecutive games coming into today’s matinee against the Nationals. All good things must come to an end but there is no reason why the team can’t make it nine straight wins. Incredible starting pitching has fueled the Yankee surge. Ironically, CC Sabathia has probably been the team’s worst starter during this stretch. Ivan Nova will toe the rubber for the Yankees today. He was brilliant in his last start, allowing no runs and just six base runners in seven innings. Hopefully he stays hot. The Nationals will counter with familiar foe Edwin Jackson. Jackson has Continue reading Game Thread: Yankees versus Nationals, Sunday June 17th

On Ivan Nova, briefly

If I told you that Ivan Nova would raise his K/9 by three full batters and his K% by seven percentage points while dropping his BB/9 into the two’s and cut his BB% by almost a full percentage, you’d probably think he’d be having a great year. Add in the fact that he’s increased his strand rate by just over two percentage points and you’d have to assume he was definitely having a fine year. Higher strikeouts? Lower walks? More guys left on the bases? That’s all a formula for run prevention. But of course, those numbers don’t tell us Continue reading On Ivan Nova, briefly