Coming off back-to-back shaky outings in which he was touched up for 17 hits in 9.0 innings pitched, Ivan Nova got back on track yesterday with a brilliant start against the Atlanta Braves. He worked 6.1 scoreless, effortless innings, giving up only 2 hits, striking out 5, and not walking a batter for the 4th straight outing. It was a start right out of Nova’s 2013 2nd half catalog. Fastballs located down in the zone, a lot more GB outs than balls in the air, and a big swing-and-miss curveball. Brian McCann, who said he wanted to play in yesterday’s game specifically for the purpose of catching Nova again, was gushing after the game, and any uneasiness people may have been feeling after watching Nova’s previous 2 starts was quelled.
Once again though, it was what Nova said after the game that stood out to me more than what he did on the field. I’ve watched enough Nova starts to know when he’s got it and when he doesn’t. … Click here to read the rest