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 to ponder if Nova’s position in the rotation will be secure when Andy Pettitte returns from the disabled list later in August, or September. And if you’re going to ponder September, well, then you might want to begin to think about who’ll start in October.
Given the team’s support of Nova over the last season and a half plus, I’d be pretty surprised if Nova didn’t start when Pettitte returns; I think we can all safely assume Freddy Garcia will be bumped for the veteran lefty.… Click here to read the rest