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Nova sends Yankees home winners

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Two days ago, this was a bad road trip for the Yankees. They’d lost three of the first four games but bounced back last night, and because of Ivan Nova they’ll go home having taken two of three from the White Sox. Nova pitched 5.2 innings in his second big league start, earning the 2-1 win and keeping the Yankees in the game despite very little offense. Marcus Thames homered again — he’s gone deep in four straight starts — and Francisco Cervelli had four hits, including a double that led to a run.

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101 Responses to “Nova sends Yankees home winners”

  1. Betsy August 29th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Whew…………thanks, Mo!

  2. CR9 August 29th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Good job Thames, Nova and bullpen. Congrats Nova!

  3. Carl August 29th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Grats Nova!

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Can’t help it, I just love Cervelli.

    :)

    My favorite kind of game. One-run lead throughout the game. Pitching, pitching, pitching.

  5. CB August 29th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Just a great win. If before this season someone were to say that AJ would give the team nothing and they offense would only give Nova 2 runs to work with – taking 2 out of 3 against a tough Sox team would seem very unlikely.

    Can’t say enough about Nova. He didn’t throw as hard as last game but looked even better. Very composed out on the mound.

    Who would have thought that game 130 would be won by Marcus Thames and Ivan Nova.

  6. blake August 29th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    nice win…one of those games where it never felt like the Yanks had a handle on it but the pen held strong and they pulled it out.

    How bout Ivan Nova..he’s got to get another start.

    Will be nice watching the Sunday night game knowing that the Yanks are picking up a game in somebody.

  7. Betsy August 29th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    LOVE Marcus Thames. He had a bad ST, but I knew that that wouldn’t mean much come the regular season given what a professional he is. Now that we don’t have to see him in the field, we can appreciate what a great job he’s done.

    Offense? Still poor.

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Pep, keep an eye on Nova. He just may be a key on the postseason roster.

    :)

  9. Andrew August 29th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Nova’s curveball was a lot better in this game than against Toronto. When he throws that pitch for a strike low in the zone, he is tough even against a good lineup like Chicago’s.

  10. blake August 29th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Two of 3 on the road against the ChiSox is a very good outcome…especially playing short handed and having AJ giving them no chance in game 1. Two big wins the last two days.

  11. SJ44 August 29th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I hope Joe has the onions to keep Nova in the rotation.

    Ride out hot hands as long as you can now.

    No Arod, no Tex, no Posada, a rookie making his second ML start in a bandbox ballpark, and they win a 2-1 game to win the series.

    30 games over .500.

    Gotta like it.

  12. CB August 29th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    There’s no chance that Nova doesn’t get another start.

    This isn’t smoke and mirrors. He’s not getting lucky. Nor is this a case where it’s just the league being unfamiliar with him.

    He’s shown quality stuff. That’s why he’s gotten good results. If he continues to be consistent with his pitches (which is going to be the challenge for him) he’s going to be very effective.

    They need to win games. Can’t coddle AJ here given how Nova is throwing.

    It’s really great to see all of the development efforts in building up the farm pay off now.

    Nova may not even one of their 5 best pitching prospects. And he comes up here and throws two gems.

  13. 108 stitches August 29th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Unless Burnett gets his act together soon, he shouldn’t be on the postseason roster regardless of what his salary is.

  14. blake August 29th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    They could let Javy or Mitre make AJs next start and just keep Nova on his current schedule for now…I think that’s what I might do for this next turn.

  15. SJ44 August 29th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    The offense was down a third of it’s everyday lineup.

    That does make a difference.

    Sometimes, you score 12 runs and win. Other times, you have to find a way to win 2-1 games on the road…..which they did.

    They are 30 games over .500 for a reason.

    They do whatever it takes to find ways to win games.

    That’s a quality championship teams possess.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    blake, unfortunately even if the Sux lose tonight, which I know they will, RSN and WEEI will still be oppressive. They needed to be swept for these dreamers to even begin to conceed the possibility that the Sux are cooked – despite the fact that the have been for quite a while now.

    I really hope that Buck manages to pummel them in their next series.

  17. Andrew August 29th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I would not have guessed that Vazquez would be in the bullpen and Nova would be winning games right around September 1st for sure. I think Vazquez and Burnett will both pitch better down the stretch than what they’ve done lately, just hope it starts to happen this coming week at home.

  18. Betsy August 29th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I would not put Javy back in the rotation…………not now anyway ……based on 1 outing in relief.

    Phil may need to be skipped a start, so that kind of mixes things up. If the Yankees don’t mind Nova starting in the playoffs, then fine – keep him in. However, if they want AJ to be the 3rd or 4th starter, then removing him from the rotation doesn’t make a ton of sense.

  19. IIOIIOIIO August 29th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    CB-

    I would have to assume that Girardis insistence that the rotation would be evaluated after this weekend was in anticipation of a situation like this. As long as he’s effective, Nova is here to stay.

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    “I think Vazquez and Burnett will both pitch better down the stretch than what they’ve done lately”

    Agree.

  21. CR9 August 29th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Joe will keep Nova in the rotation. That’s the only right choice to make. It’s an easy one, IMO.

  22. Pat M. August 29th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Nova sported a crisp breaking ball today…..Very nice bridge work by Kerry & Joba today……Is everybody feeling a little better now….Friday night one would think that the world was spinning off it’s axis

  23. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Vazquez may not like the bullpen, but in his couple of games this year, he’s done very well and actually looks comfortable doing it.

  24. Tabbert August 29th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    now its time to go home for our longest home stand of the season! 10 games back in the bronx is exactly what the doctor ordered.

  25. JobaTipsHisCap August 29th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    “I think Vazquez and Burnett will both pitch better down the stretch than what they’ve done lately”

    certainly I hope so.
    But, what is it based on?

  26. Betsy August 29th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Well the Yankees’ home record isn’t too hot recently..

  27. JobaTipsHisCap August 29th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    2 for 22

    ouuuuch, Jeter

  28. Andrew August 29th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Hopefully Teixeira can answer the call tomorrow or Tuesday, then once Berkman comes back Wednesday (barring setbacks), the lineup will just be 1 more player from complete. That will be very helpful as they get ready for the crucial mid-month games.

  29. Joe from Long Island August 29th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    If you can skip Javy Vazquez for pitching poorly, you can skip AJ Burnett. I’d go either Mitre or Vaz, Joe’s call.

  30. Pepitone August 29th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    2-1 Yankees win!

    And some were worrying about Mo having a bad game?

    Yeah, once every 60 games or so.

    He ain’t called the Sandman for nothin.

    Very nice win against a team that is playing for their playoff lives, and have been hitting the rubber off the ball lately!

    Nova is the MVP, but Francisco has to be given credit for a nice game offensively.

    This series was huge, and the Yankees played like World Champions – onward and upward!

  31. Pepitone August 29th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Yankees are also the first team to reach 80 wins this year.

    I hate the Red Sox, but for tonight – GO RED SOX!

  32. Betsy August 29th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Joe, I’m fine with skipping AJ – just not in favor of Javy. It’s too bad this is what it’s come down to, but so be it. You could go with Mitre, but he’s not stretched out; then again, he could probably go 5 innings and it wouldn’t KILL the pen

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Joe just said Nova will make another start.

  34. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Jesus….We’ll hear the end of this from Randy. His father gets an extension. Randy’s weekly allowance is secure.

    “Nationals Extend Livan Hernandez
    By Steve Adams [August 29 at 4:21pm CST]
    4:21pm: MLB.com’s Bill Ladson tweets that Hernandez received an incentive-laden contract with a $1MM base salary. If he can come anywhere near his 2010 performance, he’ll be a steal at that price. Livan’s been a 2.7 WAR pitcher so far, and Fangraphs values his performance at $10.7MM.

    3:44pm: The Nationals have signed Livan Hernandez to a contract for 2011, tweets MASN’s Ben Goessling. The team has confirmed the deal through a press release.

    Hernandez has been a pleasant surprise for the Nationals in 2010, to say the very least. Expected to be a marginal innings eater at best, he’s instead posted a 3.49 ERA through 175.1 innings. His minimal strikeout totals (4.7 K/9) are expected, but complemented with Hernandez’s usual strong control (2.8 BB/9).”

  35. Tabbert August 29th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    i like our chances with the o’s and a’s coming into town.

  36. CR9 August 29th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Girardi: “Nova will make next start”

  37. Andrew August 29th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    JobaTipsHisCap it is based on the fact that they have done it as recently as this year. While both have sucked plenty at other times this year, they have both had stretches of great pitching in 2010. It is obviously not a given they will just find it again, but I happen to think they both will at some point before the season is over.

  38. Tabbert August 29th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    how many more days arod have left on the dl?

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    IIOIIOIIO, I was depending on Ted Lilly to help me today. I really needed his points. He had gone 5-0 for the Dodgers. Instead he barely made it out of the 4th inning against the Rockies and ended up giving up 7 ER. Last time out against the Rockies he pitched a 2-hit complete game shutout.

    Difference? How about a pitcher pitching with the knowledge that he’s been put on the waiver wire and might be moving to yet his third team this season?

    Drat. Damned waiver wire.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Ozzie just said Nova may be the best pitcher the Yanks have thrown in the last two days…

    :)

  41. 108 stitches August 29th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Added pressure tonight in St. Pete.
    If the Rays win they keep pace with the Yankees. If Boston loses they fall to 7 games in the loss column and further back for any Wild Card hopes.

  42. JobaTipsHisCap August 29th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    they have to win TOR series next weekend.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    “I hate the Red Sox, but for tonight – GO RED SOX!”

    Pep, this will be the only time we part ways. I want them diced and sliced.

    :)

  44. CB August 29th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    “As long as he’s effective, Nova is here to stay.”

    They need to win every game. The Rays are just such a good team. They have too much pitching to go anywhere.

    No more experimentation or giving guys rope because they are veterans.

    Nova isn’t even a situation like Dustin Mosley where you worry that his run may fizzle. A guy like Mosely doesn’t have much room for error at all because of his stuff.

    Nova has quality stuff. The issue with him is consistency, especially with his curve ball. I wasn’t certain if in that last inning or two whether he started to lose the feel for that curve or if he was tired. He looked tired but was only at 88 pitches.

    If he’s consistent with that curve we’re looking at a very successful major league pitcher.

    He pounds the zone with that fastball and stays tall on the mound. He locates that fastball well and get a good downwards plane on the ball.

    His change up has also surprised me. It’s a very good pitch as a 3rd pitch.

    It’s that curve ball which is the key for Nova.

    He’s also remarkably composed on the mound. This game had the feeling of a very low scoring affair. I’m sure Nova sensed that as he watched those frustrating yankee outs. To pitch that kind of game against a good hitting team in a park that plays very small is impressive.

  45. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Montero with a solo blast to right center on a breaking pitch.

  46. Pepitone August 29th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    “I hate the Red Sox, but for tonight – GO RED SOX!”

    Pep, this will be the only time we part ways. I want them diced and sliced.
    ————————————-
    LOL!

    Touche Trish!

  47. DocTodd August 29th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Could AJ and Javy pitch worse than they have the last month?????

  48. Tabbert August 29th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    talk about bad fantasy luck… i had stephen strassburg. However, i still have dominating pitching.

    david price
    john Lester
    matt Garza
    King felix
    phil hughes
    bary zito
    rafael soriano
    carolos marmol
    bobby jenks

  49. Carl August 29th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Montero goes deep again

  50. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Career high of 18 homers for Montero.

  51. blake August 29th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Trisha,
    If the Sox lose tonight then they’ll be 7 games behind two teams for a playoff spot with a little over a month to go…very tough task to make that up though as you say the media will never give up on them.

  52. Joe from Long Island August 29th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Nova is solidying is place in the major leagues, either with NY next year, in some capacity, or with another club is the deal is good enough for Cash.

  53. Carl August 29th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    .363 in the moth of August with 7 bombs.

  54. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 29th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    So Dallas Braden will pitch the fourth game in the OAK series. Can we have Alex come off the DL just so that he can run across the mound? :grin:

  55. blake August 29th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    montero has 2 homers today?.

    CB,
    I agree on Nova..if he can keep the breaking ball sharp and not let it leak up then he really has a big league assortment of pitches. He looks really good and unafraid out there. As you said earlier it funny that he’s not even one of their best pitching prospects but still has that kind of stuff….exciting. Think how much talent will be in Tampa in mid february when pitchers and catchers report next year.

  56. Bx is Burning August 29th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Great win. Gotta grind ‘em out late in the year.
    Only team better than 6-4 in their last 10 are the powerhouse Tigers (at 7-3).

  57. Dano from England August 29th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    CB = thanks as always for your on-point comments, good insight on Nova. You and SJ are right- you have to just “ride out hot hands” at this point.

    Repost:
    Nick – oh, absolutely plum draw (as we say). no complacency, but… sp*rs, on the other hand, HA! may they continue to struggle after a midweek game…

    England’s Fat Sam got no grand slam yesterday, thankfully.

    CR9 – I forgot your weird “hot looking” soccer player thing – but Zlatan isn’t even that, just an odd looking, overrated tool IMO!

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Tabbert, I had Strasburg too.

    blake, that’s what I want to happen. I want them to be 7 games behind both teams. And then 10. And then 1000!

    At that point Sean McAdam may be willing to concede the season!

    If the Rays were to be beamed up for that the Sux had a chance for the wild card, they still wouldn’t have a prayer in the postseason.

    *************

    Happy I stuck by my man Joba. I will always go by the thought that someone who knows how to pitch doesn’t forget how to pitch.

    Of course I guess it’s possible that they may briefly misremember.

    Speaking of which, Tubby is being arraigned tomorrow.

  59. Bo knows August 29th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    The kid was very impressive today. You don’t know how he will deal with the mental aspects down the road but right now his stuff is better than Hughes, what with that killer change. And if the three behind him are better, the Yankees can start grooming AJ for the BP. The kid pitched in a high pressure situation with no margin for error against a team that is batting 300. Amazing.

  60. Joe from Long Island August 29th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Bx is Burning – Good perspective. And this is with a good chunk of the hitters out, and 2/5 of the starters chronically ineffective this month.

  61. Betsy August 29th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Apparently AJ is making his next start – someone posted this on another board, that being per Bob Lorenz.

    Certainly Nova has a better repertoire than Phil and throws harder…….

  62. Betsy August 29th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    But as to whether his overall stuff is better? Not sure ……….

  63. Bo knows August 29th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    The Sox have been batting 300 since the first week in June. Woah.

  64. CB August 29th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    For many years Ivan Nova was a complete afterthought in the yankee’s system. He wasn’t really thought of that highly by any of the usual prospect sources. People writing about Yankee’s prospects didn’t really pay him much heed either.

    And there was reason for that. His performance just wasn’t very good at all when he was in the lower minor leagues.

    But the yankees were always high on him. They really liked his arm and liked his stuff. And he was a guy they just stayed patient on hoping that eventually he’d put it together and things would click. After that he’d take off.

    Things started coming together for him last season. And his acceleration has been very fast since then. It’s very reasonable to expect him to continue getting better.

    It’s funny – Nova seems like he’s been around forever in the yankees system. He seemed to float around for such a long time. But he’s only 23. It’s the strange thing with international kids – they enter the organization so young that seven years later when they put things together they are still only 22-23.

  65. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Scranton wins the division title at home with a win tonight. Laeding 4-0, Montero over Buffalo in the bottom of the 4th inning.

  66. Andrew August 29th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    The short changing of Hughes is comical. Because Nova throws harder doesn’t mean that he’s got a “better repertoire”. Hughes has also proven himself in the major leagues, something Nova is a long way from doing. First 2 starts have been great, so have other Yankees pitching prospects. Wait and see a while longer before he starts getting compared to Hughes.

  67. stuart a August 29th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    my analysis of the game. Nova obviously deserves to stay in the rotation for the time being.

    cervelli thank g-d finally thru a base runner out. 1 of his hits to 3rd was an out, his baserunning play was horrible but overall nice game.

    jeter is hitting under 270… the guy is 36.. not a good sign. not burying him yet, but you all need to be concerned…

    when kearns is not hot he is of little help. he is a mad hacker and takes zero pitches.

    thames has been a huge plus on the year…..robertson 2 bad outings in a row affects the pecking order this is not KC………..

    granderson 2 0r 3 hard hit balls and got bupkiss………

  68. Eroc August 29th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    “The Sox have been batting 300 since the first week in June. Woah.

    That’s why they have stayed in contention – their offense has performed better than anyone could have imagined, injuries or not. That enables them to win mediocre starts by Dice-K and Lackey. They are lucky – their pitching/defense mantra (aside from Lester/Buchholz) failed, they are only in contention because of their surprising offense.

  69. Pat M. August 29th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    CB…….Sleeper

  70. Bo knows August 29th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    If AJ makes his next start they’ll have a choke chain on him. Great guy that Joe but mess up one time too many. Girardi is up there with the angels for his self control during this starter cock-up. I wouldn’t be surprised to see AJ throwing two seamers and changeups exclusively, as in Joe read to me from the Book of Joe, the binder.

  71. stuart a August 29th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    i would give burnett a week off, but I assume the yanks know more then me. but patience for burnett has to be running out.

    guilen who is a jerk basically stated that burnetts supposed stuff is not as good as nova’s. burnett throws the ball right over the plate that is not good…..

  72. Yank1 August 29th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    CB… no doubt. His stuff is VERY impressive. 3 quality pitches he can throw for strikes. When you mix in multiple quality pitches like he does, you are going to be successful. Very polished, throws strikes, has some moxie.

    Gotta ride the hot hand.

  73. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Sad news about Bob Feller being diagnosed with leukemia. That’s never good news. especially when you’re 91 years old. Feller, like Yogi Berra are national treasures.

  74. Tank August 29th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Nova’s secondary pitches look very sharp. When you throw 96 like he does and can mix in the curve/change…. good things happen. I never knew his stuff was as good as it had been. His secondary stuff looks very good.

  75. Bo knows August 29th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    That’s why they have stayed in contention – their offense has performed better than anyone could have imagined, injuries or not. That enables them to win mediocre starts by Dice-K and Lackey. They are lucky – their pitching/defense mantra (aside from Lester/Buchholz) failed, they are only in contention because of their surprising offense.

    ——————————————
    Wrong Soxes, talk was about the White Sox.

  76. Melk Man August 29th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    the guy threw some nasty change-ups today. got a nice curve too 7 ks.. good job, young man.

  77. Yogi Mantle August 29th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Nice job put in by Nova. The WS lineup isn’t a pushover, they have also been hitting really hot of late, so to shut them down for any amount of innings is impressive.

    Not sure what to make of Joba’s velocity. Could it be all the rest he has been given?

    Mo did very well. Even with the walk.

    So glad that they start a nice, lengthy homestand. Hopefully the Yankees can keep up their home winning percentage and win these next series.

    Of course, Cervelli had a good offensive day today, but it would have to continue to help erase the stench of how he’s been playing.

  78. mick August 29th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Well, just finished my bagel with cream cheese and Nova lox with red onion and tomato.
    Man, that was good, just like our rookie, possible ALDS starter Ivan Nova.
    Gotta love it!

  79. mick August 29th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    AJ will be pitching for his ALDS life on Wednesday.
    Anybody hope he fails?

  80. LGY August 29th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Betances continued the train of good starts from the Killer B’s in Trenton today.

    5.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks.

  81. bruceb August 29th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    We gotta Champagne Supernova!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great win for the Yanks today. I said 3-3 would be okay from this road trip and what a way to do it. So happy for the kid.

  82. m August 29th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Lots of things could’ve gone wrong today, but the Yankees prevailed. Good pitching all around, today.

    Nice to get the rookie his first win.

  83. Bo knows August 29th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Obviously too early to annoint Nova. He could crash and burn in the next game. But today showed that the talent is there, next is development at the Major level. He needs time and good handling. Girardi read the situation smartly today and acted in a timely fashion. This is why I find it hilarious as the couch potatoes burn Joe for overmanaging.

    Right now Hughes can’t put batters away because of lack of repertoire. Hopefully it will come but it’s not there yet.

  84. Pat M. August 29th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Dodgers are toast

  85. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    DJ Mitchell has a 1 hitter through 5 innings for Scranton…0 runs 3 walks, 5 strikeouts and a Wild Pitch that should have been scored a passed ball. 76 pitches, 46 strikes. 5 ground outs, 4 air outs

  86. RMS August 29th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I like Nova. He has good stuff, throws strikes and is not intimated. No nerves for this kid.

  87. LGY August 29th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Oh. Just realized GB is giving the minor league updates. Sorry if the Betances line was already posted.

  88. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 29th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    “Well, just finished my bagel with cream cheese and Nova lox with red onion and tomato.
    Man, that was good, just like our rookie, possible ALDS starter Ivan Nova”

    I was supposed to go to a birthday party today but was under the weather so the birthday party just came to me – bbq ribs; chili; pizza; sausage, peppers and potatoes; potato salad; and birthday cake!

    Man that will be good, just like our rookie, possible ALDS starter Ivan Nova.

    :)

    “AJ will be pitching for his ALDS life on Wednesday.
    Anybody hope he fails”

    I hope he throws a complete game shut out.

  89. mick August 29th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Trish
    That’s one way to look at it.

  90. CB August 29th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Pat M.-

    The yankees always liked Nova a lot. Disproportionately to his stats and for a long time people couldn’t really figure out why. Or at least they couldn’t see what the yankees were seeing in the kid.

    Very fortunate that the one year they exposed him to the rule v and he got taken he was still too raw and had to be returned – even by the pirates.

    To lose an arm like that in the rule v would have been very painful.

    It’s difficult though – the yankees now have so much organizational depth in terms of talent the 40 man roster spots are an issue. There was simply no room to put Nova on the 40 man given his stage of development (it was highly, highly unlikely he could stick on a major league roster – that’s likely part of why they left him off).

    Exciting times for the organization.

    When the yankees had to give AJ that contract I hoped it would be the last of that kind of deal they would have to give out for a generation. You see kids like Nova and you can hope that will be the case. CC and a Cliff Lee – you sign them. Anything other than a true front line guy – you pass because you have enough quality in house that you’re no longer desperate to sign guys like Burnett and absorb the associated risk.

  91. Yogi Mantle August 29th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    # mick August 29th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    AJ will be pitching for his ALDS life on Wednesday.
    Anybody hope he fails?
    __________

    I don’t.

    I would rather have AJ pitching lights out and giving the Yanks plenty of options, rather than having him sit.

    AJ has to have the Yankees concerned about his reliability. He can be so good or so bad, and nothing in between. When AJ has a melt down its Chernobyl time. It takes the Yankees right out of the game. In games where the Yanks score runs (when he is bad) he gives back the runs. That isn’t a good trend. CC seems to go to a different mode when that happens to him.

    There are enough starts left for AJ to be given his shot, just as there is for Javy. I just don’t think there is enough of a body of work for Nova to know how he will handle it under enormous pressure. He hasn’t even started at YS yet. He seems to keep it cool, but its a different atmosphere playing the Saux or the Rays while making the last push for the division.

  92. mick August 29th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Nothing like the pressure of a rookie taking your job away to motivate AJ.

  93. CB August 29th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    “DJ Mitchell has a 1 hitter through 5 innings for Scranton…0 runs 3 walks, 5 strikeouts and a Wild Pitch that should have been scored a passed ball. 76 pitches, 46 strikes. 5 ground outs, 4 air outs”

    Second game in AAA. And he’s might not even be one of the yankees 10 best pitching prospect?

    After really struggling in AA he’s turned things around in a big way. For a while it looked like he might only be reliever as he was having so much trouble with LH hitters. But he’s really developing well.

  94. RMS August 29th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    “AJ will be pitching for his ALDS life on Wednesday.
    Anybody hope he fails?”

    Don’t think any Yankee fan hopes AJ fails. The only thing to worry about with AJ is his inconsistency. He may pitch well this start and then have a bad outing his next one.

  95. mick August 29th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  96. Bo knows August 29th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Exciting times for the organization.

    When the yankees had to give AJ that contract I hoped it would be the last of that kind of deal they would have to give out for a generation. You see kids like Nova and you can hope that will be the case. CC and a Cliff Lee – you sign them. Anything other than a true front line guy – you pass because you have enough quality in house that you’re no longer desperate to sign guys like Burnett and absorb the associated risk

    ——————————–
    Good stuff

    And that is why I come to this blog faithfully. This site is unique for the amount of quality posters. You have to root through the dreck but well worth it.

  97. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    CB, Mitchell’s a good young pitcher moving fast, but, I’m guessing that considering thise in front of him with be a bullpenner or trade meat. Biggest issue might be his ability to stay in the strike zone.

  98. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    considering ***those*** in front of him ***will*** be a bullpenner or

  99. Bo knows August 29th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    There have been many Novas through the years but as CB said the organization has a number of these kids. Three starts by the B’s pitching in AA in uncharted territory due to the amount of innings. Take a look at their numbers in MILB for, the last three days. Not only quality but quantity. Good times

  100. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Mitchell’s night should be finished after 7 innings, 1 hit and 100 pitches. The only problem was 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.

  101. MTU August 30th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    http://www.stangbangers.com/06.....lpaper.jpg

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