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Nova takes his second turn against the Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 06, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova’s first start of the year came on April 4, the day after the Yankees season-opening series against the Tigers. His sixth and seventh starts of the year came immediately before and immediately after a four-game series in Detroit.

In other words, before Game 1 of the division series, the Tigers only look at Nova came in May of 2010, when Nova pitched two innings of relief at Comerica Park in his big league debut.

“I think anytime you see a pitcher for the first time you’re really not sure,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “I think we really got out of the strike zone a little more in this series than I had hoped we would. Hopefully now that we’ve seen him we’ll have a little better idea the second time around. I think that usually holds true. So we’ll see how that plays out. But he’s good.”

That’s part of Nova’s challenge tonight.

He started getting in trouble in Game 1 when the heart of the Tigers order faced him a third time. Two singles and a walk against his last three hitters that night might have been fatigue, it might have been a small bump in the road, and it might have been a sign that the Tigers were starting to figure him out.

“They were real aggressive,” Nova said. “They don’t see me before. It was different. I know, like, they saw me the other day (and) they got another mindset. It’s going to be a good day. I know more (about) the hitters now, and I got late chance to make a mistake. I’m waiting to see tomorrow how they come.”

Good pitching, though, is supposed to beat good hitting. And when Nova’s at the top of his game, he’s pretty tough for anyone to hit.

“A pitcher is who he is,” Joe Girardi said. “I don’t think you abandon who you are because a team is seeing you again. You go through that all the time when you are playing your own division. Everybody knows what he’s got. The bottom line is, he has to make his pitches. He’s got to use them all. He’s got to pitch inside. He’s got to get a breaking ball going and use both sides of the plate and elevate and throw down in the zone. But I don’t think you have to abandon what you did the time before. If you make your pitches, most of the time you’re going to get people out.”

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100 Responses to “Nova takes his second turn against the Tigers”

  1. djsunyc October 6th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    nova just gets on the mound and pitches. he doesn’t walk around, think about stuff – just gets the ball and throws. that’s why he’s been so successful this year and why it doesn’t look like he feels any pressure.

  2. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Now it’s Nova’s turn again to channel his inner Bungalow Bill and go Tiger hunting.

  3. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 6th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Super Nova will be fine since he is capable of making adjustments. His calm demeanor will serve him well in the pressure cooker atmosphere.

  4. djsunyc October 6th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    depending on the score, tonight should play out like this:

    nova for 5
    soriano 6
    hughes 7
    robertson 8
    mariano 9

  5. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Against righties, based on year end stats the Tiger regulars batting .250 or below are from best to worst-Kelly, Jackson, Santiago, Raburn, Ordonez, Inge.

    The Yankee regulars batting .250 or below against righties-Martin,Swisher, Teixeira

    Take from that what you want, but I feel good about the Yankees chances tonight with the unflappable, groundball pitching, out machine, in Nova!!

  6. Benny Blanco October 6th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Nova nova!!!!

  7. djsunyc October 6th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    hypothetical – nova gets in trouble early – let’s say gives up 3-4 runs in the first 2 innings, who do you bring in?

  8. Melkmanisinhotlanta October 6th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Big story in today Wall Street Journal about micro-manager-owner Nolan Ryan. Amazing how far Texas has come without Cliffy the mercenary. Perhaps mercenary Doc Halladay will fold as well?

  9. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    to me, grandy’s first inning catch the other night was similar to ‘the flip’. you dont know what would have happened had he not made it, but you cant think it would have been good. that was very likely a season-saving catch. now tonight they have to extend that season!

    Let’s Go Yankees!!!!!

  10. Benny Blanco October 6th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I fully expect Arod to break out his cape tonight.

  11. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    While I am not a TX fan, I am happy to see how well they have done w/o Cliff Lee.

    I wouldn’t call Hallady a mercenary tho.

  12. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    RayVT October 6th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    ———————————————–

    Sure. When he’s not trying to harass your family or exposing your personal info he can be very agreeable. You’re not him are you? :wink:

    ———————-

    “Jim Leyland also has people convinced that those are not those droids they are looking for.”

    But if 2006 was “A New Hope” for the Tigers then the empire is definitely striking back tonight.

  13. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Big story in today Wall Street Journal about micro-manager-owner Nolan Ryan. Amazing how far Texas has come without Cliffy the mercenary.
    ———————————————————-
    No Cliffy. The savings in $$$$’s added Beltre 32 homers 105RBIs, Napoli 30 homers, Ogando to the starting rotation with 13 wins and year end bullpen additions Uehara, Gonzalez and Adams. Not too amazing to me especially in the AL West with two of the worst hitting teams in baseball.

  14. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    But if 2006 was “A New Hope” for the Tigers then the empire is definitely striking back tonight.

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

    Nice. :D

  15. blake October 6th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    The Rangers are a better overall team than they were a year ago……but not having Cliff Lee hurts them in the next round where they will face a team that actually can hit.

  16. mick October 6th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Look for Leyland to try to unnerve Nova in the 1st inning like he did with Freddy and his arm band removal.
    He’s pretty slick except when managing against his bud LaRussa.

  17. mick October 6th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Agree on Alex.
    ALCS ro:
    CC-AJ-Nova-Freddy-CC-AJ-Nova

  18. mick October 6th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Look for Leyland to try to unnerve Nova in the 1st inning like he did with Freddy and his arm band removal.
    ====================
    A 2 run jack wasn’t far behind.

  19. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    “Justin Verlander, who Detroit manager Jim Leyland said will definitely not see action Thursday night.”

    No Alberquerque. Hopes to go only with Fister, Coke, Benoit, Valverde.

    Hoping the Yankees get to Fister early with the same kind of baseball they played in the 8th inning on Tuesday.

  20. mick October 6th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Leyland could employ a Tiger fan to unleash a squirrel early…

  21. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    In the words of Han Solo “Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy! Without precise calculations we could fly right through a star, or bounce too close to a supernova and that’d end your trip real quick, wouldn’t it”

    Here is hoping the Tigers bounce too close to a SuperNova!!!

  22. mick October 6th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    As Yoda might say:”Right I hope you are”

  23. Yankee Trader October 6th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Until later.

    NY weather prediction: Clear skies 59 degrees at gametime, No precipitation.
    NYY game prediction: Fans witness a SuperNova and send a game winning Tex -message home

  24. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    not cold enough for Ninja Robbie :(

  25. GoldGlove9486 October 6th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    There is NO reason we shouldn’t be able to get close to 4 innings out of Robertson and Rivera tonight. So if Nova can hold them for five innings and keep the lead, we’re in terrific shape.

  26. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Al Alberquerque? Never heard of him

  27. Villa Nova-Ya October 6th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    upstate kate -

    Love it!

  28. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    kate- should they advance, hopefully cooler temperatures are in store so Ninja Robbie can make an appearance.

  29. JM October 6th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    The Tigers are going to make some adjustments to Nova now that they have seen him….It’s up to him to adjust back and hold them down. If he keeps them in the game, the Yanks will score off Fister.

    Would love the Yanks to get on the board early to give Nova some breathing room….

    kate,

    it’s supposed to be quite warm this weekend. no Ninja Robbie for awhile, even if they go on to the ALCS. LOL.

  30. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    it?s supposed to be quite warm this weekend. no Ninja Robbie for awhile, even if they go on to the ALCS.

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

    :x

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Absolutely, unequiovcally, 150%, without a doubt or question in the world, Yankees have this game.

    Observing the strengths and weaknesses of both teams has convinced me of the above.

    Fans may have noted that Tiger wins have been eeked out, one with the help of Gerry Davis. Yankee wins have been massacres.

    Nova’s virtually untouchable. I have no reason to see that changing. YS is the crowning glory.

    I have no nervousness. I don’t know if that means I have no emotional investment. To me it means that I support the Yankees win or lose and believe in them win or lose.

    I want the Phils to go down in flames and will root against them heartily and often!

    :)

    Someone asked how I would feel if my predictions were wrong after going way out on a limb the way I do. Well since the stock market doesn’t depend on my being right or wrong, best I can say is that I calls them the way I sees/feels them. It’s impossible for me to do otherwise, just as everyone else is calling it the way they see it.

    GO YANKS!

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    And since Villa-Nova Ya feels good about tonight, and Nova is pitching, I see that as a slam dunk.

    :D

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    See you tonight mick, and the rest of the night crew.

    Have a good day y’all.

  34. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Trisha
    I know you are a squirrel lover.
    Did you see the squirrel on the field during the Phillies/Cards game?
    Did you hear Charlie Manuel’s comments after? Saying if he had his gun, he would have shot it?
    It is up to you to rally the squirrels :)

  35. Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    ” Tiger wins have been eeked out, one with the help of Gerry Davis. Yankee wins have been massacres.
    ============================

    tell that to the ’60 pirates! there is no such thing as a lock.

  36. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Love this:

    KMart_LI A.J. showed me the txt msg Nova sent him b4 Gm 4. I’ve got 2 admit, it was pretty sweet: http://bit.ly/nRfDja #nyy #ALDS

  37. JM October 6th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Erin,

    Thanks for that. Great story! AJ is a good guy and clearly his teammates like him. That’s why even though he frustrates the h— out of me, he’s easy to root for.

  38. 4 NYY October 6th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Throw out all the numbers, they mean little now. If we pitch, hit, & play defense : WE WIN !!!

    Nova SS

  39. 4 NYY October 6th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Ys Guy October 6th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    ” Tiger wins have been eeked out, one with the help of Gerry Davis. Yankee wins have been massacres.
    ============================

    tell that to the ’60 pirates! there is no such thing as a lock.

    ==================================================

    Let’s see if I remember correctly : We won 10-0, 12-0, & 16-3 ? And still lost, thanks to Maz. & soft tossing, slow curve, Ralph Terry.

    We doubled them in almost every hitting category.

  40. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    JonLaneNYC From Chambliss to Martin to Jackson to Lyle to Dent: #Yankees delivered w/backs to the wall in the ’70s http://bit.ly/reG9kQ #ALDS

  41. I Like Inge October 6th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Anyone going to the game? If you don’t leave with sore throat from rooting and screaming your voice away its a problem.

  42. hardwired7 October 6th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    No matter how this PS ends, we have to consider this yr a success. How often does a homegrown front-end starter emerge?

  43. Niblick October 6th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Chad do you really think they were able to “figure him out” just because it was the third time through the batting order?

    And exactly which balls were hit hard in the 9th inning?

    Do you think the fact that it he was pitching his 7th inning in a 9-1 game had something to do with it?

    Could he have gotten out of trouble by himself if Joe had been a bit less panicky?

  44. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I agree Hardwired. While I fully expect the Yankees to win the WS, whatever happens it has been a great year in so many ways. To name a few:
    Jeet’s 3000th
    Mo at 602+++
    Grandy and Robbie having MVP seasons
    Montero finally coming up, and contributing right away
    and of course Super Nova

  45. champ809 October 6th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2011 at 6:31 pm
    # champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I know the Yanks need Nunez…I’ve been trumpeting his value to the Yanks for the last 3yrs…but he has I think become quite a commodity as other teams see that he can be an everyday regular SS with real upside offensively.

    I’d only trade him in a package deal to bring me back something that I need that I don’t have ready in my org or for a Felix type deal if that’s the deal breaker.

    We have some guys in the lower levels that may come quick next season and could fill Nuney’s current role.

    As far as Laird and some of the other guys the Yanks are @ a point with the current roster makeup where they have to begin to inject some youth and upside where and when they can and these guys represent that.

    ——–

    Nunez hasn’t even been on the radar for three years. Try again. Nunez essentially came out of nowhere last year.

    _____________________________________________

    maybe Nuney popped up on your radar a year ago but for some of us “prospect huggers” we’ve been aware of Nunez for at least 3yrs. He was in fact the Yanks minor league player of the year in ’09 after leading the AA eastern league in most offensive categories.

    And I for 1 have been speaking about his value to the Yanks organization being greater than his perceived value to fans and maybe other teams estimation because of him being the best close to major league ready SS in house to cover in case Jeter were to miss time due to injury….which is exactly how that all played out.

    As far as next wavers @ SS Jose Pirela is a guy who to me can really play the game…just has a feel for the game and looks like he could be a player. He had a very good second half in Trento this past season and if he can get off to a better start he could have a really nice year and make a name for himself this season. I think he and Dave Adams both make it up to AAA this season on big years.

  46. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Yankees Game 5 at the Stadium tonight will start at 8:07pm. Fans should be in their seats for pregame festivities at 7:45pm. Gates open at 6:00pm.

  47. Vineyard Yankee October 6th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    hardwired7 October 6th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    ‘No matter how this PS ends, we have to consider this yr a success’.

    ============

    Yankee success is when the World Series Trophy has a # 28 on it. Nothing less.

  48. hardwired7 October 6th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Mo at 602+++

    ————-

    Jorge and Alex forcing Mo to stand on the mound to get the recognition he deserves, and seeing the Twins players and coaches applauding him…just doesn’t get any better than that!

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 9:31 am
    In the words of Han Solo “Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy! Without precise calculations we could fly right through a star, or bounce too close to a supernova and that’d end your trip real quick, wouldn’t it”

    Here is hoping the Tigers bounce too close to a SuperNova!!!
    ///

    Most inspiring post of the morning :D.

    Guys, I like our team tonight because we’re better, and because our team with a day off usually means line drives and gappers instead of roll overs. It’s much more blatant in person, how refreshed they’ve been after a little respite. We also had a pretty short flight home.

    I agree with some here about Alex…. he’s been very smart, Posada-like, in his focus and professionalism while waiting out his timing, which appears to be almost there. If we could just have that Alex tonight, all things being equal, that will make life exceedingly tricky for the Tigers.

    I’m confident we’ll see Saturday.

  50. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    thanks J Alfred
    will you be attending tonight?

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Shout out the Andy Pettitte for finding ways to continue to help out the pinstripes (even in semi-retirement ;)). Gave Nova some sage words and that great kid took them and ran with it….

    Thanks, Andy. See you in ST???

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    you bet, kate!

  53. Vineyard Yankee October 6th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Another 8-2, 9-3 game would be nice. Not one sitting on pins and needles for 9 innings, Nova for 6 -7 then So, Ro and Mo to bring it home.

  54. Jeff in Canada October 6th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Hoping to hear this song tonight…

    http://youtu.be/6CPHnZV0K-k

    (was with them until the vocals)

  55. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    hardwired7 October 6th, 2011 at 10:48 am
    No matter how this PS ends, we have to consider this yr a success. How often does a homegrown front-end starter emerge?

    ——————-

    I love the optimism, but couldn’t you say the same about Hughes last year? You need more than one strong rookie season. Baseball history is littered with guys like Ben Grieve and Angel Berroa who had a great rookie year and then fizzled out by the next year.

  56. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    J Alfred
    I know we can count on you to cheer for those of us who will be there in spirit!

  57. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Ledger_Yankees Today’s cool Ivan Nova Star-Ledger sports cover by @danWorthington — a must-see if you’re a Yankees fan. #nyy http://yfrog.com/oenrnij

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    kate, you can! Likewise, I know you guys will be cheering with us! (yankfem, JM, Bronx Jeers, among others who inhabit both worlds ;)).

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Jeff in Canada October 6th, 2011 at 11:17 am
    Hoping to hear this song tonight…

    http://youtu.be/6CPHnZV0K-k

    (was with them until the vocals)
    //

    LOL. The lead guitarist little girl is on her way to genius hood.

  60. hardwired7 October 6th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    There’s something about Nova, Chip, that makes this seem like far more than just your prototypical flash-in-the-pan rookie sensation.

    The demeanor, the effortless delivery coupled w/fantastic “raw stuff”, the fact that he simply doesn’t lose when given a lead…it’s pretty damn impressive. If he does fizzle, everyone can feel free to come pelt me w/tomatoes.

  61. Vineyard Yankee October 6th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Went out to watch the game the other night with the Yankee Hat and Sweatshirt on and boy did I get some dirty looks and comments because the Giants are gone and I root for the Yanks. Let several innings go by and as the score increased I just smiled.

    For the two biggest mouth, anti Yankee clowns, I bought them each a beer after the 8th inning and then walked past them both with an even bigger smile as I headed for home. Great satisfaction in saying nothing at all and letting them stew in their beer.

  62. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    michaelkbusch Michael Busch
    by bkabak

    Truly outrageous that 99% of the cookies are consumed by 1% of the monsters on PBS. #occupysesamestreet

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Anyone check out stubhub? Tickets are crazy for tonight.

  64. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 11:34 am
    michaelkbusch Michael Busch
    by bkabak

    Truly outrageous that 99% of the cookies are consumed by 1% of the monsters on PBS. #occupysesamestreet

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

    :D

    Awesome.

  65. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa5OOgZO9zg

    Missing Alex in this one; but almost like being there. Get pumped!

  66. m October 6th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    When I look at Nova, my mind doesn’t go back to Hughes as many do because of their back-to-back campaigns.

    It goes back to Wang. They don’t possess spectacular stuff, but they got the job done. Both pitch to contact, have similar numbers, and neither one is a big strikeout guy. Hopefully, Nova can be another (not an) ace for us.

  67. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    TheFakeESPN Boston Red Sox to replace manager Terry Francona with the team’s doctor due to his experience performing the heimlich.

  68. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 11:31 am
    kate, you can! Likewise, I know you guys will be cheering with us! (yankfem, JM, Bronx Jeers, among others who inhabit both worlds ).
    ________
    QFT! :)

  69. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    In comparing Hughes and Nova’s first years- I think it was LGY who said that Hughes got worse as the season went on last year, where Nova only got better.

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Kate – my squirrels are pissed! And you know the way I feed them, they are a strong lot.

    Say goodbye, Phils.

    :)

    I’m watching AJ’s game again. Talk about potential but-fors. If Curtis doesn’t catch that ball in the first inning, runs come in. Guaranteed posters are all over AJ like a cheap suit and giving up the game. We saw home AJ came out after that. Was it because he was buoyed by that catch? Did Rothschild give him a pep talk? A little of both? We don’t know. But what we do know, especially watching the Yankees come back, is that it’s never over with these Yanks, ’til/unless it is.

    Smart money never gives up on these guys, never. So says Arod, Tex, and Russell Martin!

    *************
    4 NYY – Yanks are a lock to win this game. I don’t live my life in the distant past. But I don’t mind looking at recent history! Yanks are a much stronger team.

    Or said another way, you jig your way I’ll jig mine.

    ;)

  71. Vineyard Yankee October 6th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    ‘If he does fizzle, everyone can feel free to come pelt me w/tomatoes’.

    ==========

    No way, Nova has had too good a year for stuff like that.

  72. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    m October 6th, 2011 at 11:38 am
    When I look at Nova, my mind doesn’t go back to Hughes as many do because of their back-to-back campaigns.

    It goes back to Wang. They don’t possess spectacular stuff, but they got the job done. Both pitch to contact, have similar numbers, and neither one is a big strikeout guy. Hopefully, Nova can be another (not an) ace for us.

    ——————

    Nova (and Wang for that matter) both have/had very good – even great stuff. In Wanger’s case the ability to throw a 95mph sinker and Nova has a similar pitch. The difference is that Hughes (and even Joba) are billed for having multiple out pitches that they can go to, not the case with Wang and Nova; though Nova has been working on it.

    I’m not saying Nova will burn out – just a cautious reminder that young players have the ability and potential to break your heart as fans. Sports is all about adjustments, how well you as a young player adjust to the difference in skill between the minors and majors, how the players in the majors adjust to a kid they don’t know much about, and then how you re-adjust to your scouting report.

    I have high hopes for Nova continuing to progress as a pitcher – but I’m not putting him at the top of my rotation for the next five years based on what I’ve seen thus far. I would still implore Cash to go out and bring in a “been there done that” guy to add to the top of the rotation.

  73. m October 6th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I wouldn’t put much stock in Phil’s second half. Kids just don’t forget how to pitch. Was he not fabulous the first half? He took a relatively big innings jump and went from relieving for the most part in ’09 to starting in ’10, so I think his arm tired out in the second half. Then it turns out he had shoulder tendinitis. Not saying the two things are necessarily related because he did rest over the winter. But, I think we can see the effects of an innings jump and change in roles.

  74. Warning Track Power October 6th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    How is everybody feeling today?

    Nerves at an all time high?

    Is the clock not moving fast enough?

  75. upstate kate October 6th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    for Trisha from Yardbarker (sorry I couldn’t get the link to work)

    For the second day in a row at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, a squirrel got loose on the field. This time, it actually appeared to have disrupted play by scurrying in front of home plate just after Roy Oswalt had thrown a pitch. Oswalt complained to the umpire after the pitch, and seemed to suggest that either a) he was bothered by the squirrel or b) the umpire got distracted and forgot to call the pitch a strike. It wouldn’t matter because the squirrel ran into the stands and Oswalt proceeded to get Skip Schumaker to fly out.

    Anyhow, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who also went out to protest the squirrel’s presence on the field, was asked about the stray rodent after the game. He busted out with some Southern humor.

    “There’s not too much I can do about a squirrel running across the field. I don’t know what I can do about that. Of course, being from the South, and being a squirrel hunter, if I had a gun I might have done something. I’m a pretty good shot,” he joked.

    The Squirrel at Busch Stadium has a Facebook group! http://www.facebook.com/groups

  76. mick October 6th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    CC-AJ-Nova-Freddy-CC-AJ-Nova ALCS

  77. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Hardwired, Nova, to me, is young Mariano. Great stuff, ice water in his veins, mature beyond his years.

    *********

    J Al, there was a part of me that almost considered trying to grab a ticket for tonight’s game and making my way to the Stadium. But I think that I need either you or Yankfem or LGY on the forum if I’m at a game. If you or YF don’t go to all of the games – ALCS, WS (yup, I’ve counted my chickens) :) maybe I’ll pick up a game. If not, I will happily live by my father’s maxim: the best seat in the house is the one in front of your television!

  78. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:41 am
    Kate – my squirrels are pissed! And you know the way I feed them, they are a strong lot.

    Say goodbye, Phils.
    //

    Everyone knows that when a squirrel crosses home plate, the pitching team is doomed.

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    “If he does fizzle, everyone can feel free to come pelt me w/tomatoes.”

    And I’ll volunteer to sit on the seat of the dunk tank, and everyone can throw baseballs!

  80. m October 6th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I think the biggest thanks for all this needs to go out to Valverde. Did he really think that the Yankees would go down without a fight?

    Add him to the long list of people/entities that have doubted the Yankees publicly.

  81. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    “The Squirrel at Busch Stadium has a Facebook group! http://www.facebook.com/groups

    DYING!!! Kate, only in America.

    :lol:

  82. Chip October 6th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Vineyard Yankee October 6th, 2011 at 11:43 am
    ‘If he does fizzle, everyone can feel free to come pelt me w/tomatoes’.

    ==========

    No way, Nova has had too good a year for stuff like that.

    ——————-

    Really? Francisco Liriano had a fantastic year in 2010 (192 IP, 3.62 ERA, 200k, 58bb) and then this year he was dreadful. John Danks put together three super years with ERAs under 4 – this year it blew up by nearly half a run. A guy like Edwin Jackson can be unhittable for a season and then the next he’s putting up an ERA north of 5.

    It happens.

  83. djsunyc October 6th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    after game 3, upper deck infield was $60. now it’s double+++

    would’ve been a good investment snagging a bunch of them monday night – could’ve made some good money today :)

  84. mick October 6th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Hardwired, Nova, to me, is young Mariano.
    =============================
    I did hear alot of Mariano in Nova’s presser. They have been speaking, you can tell.

  85. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Chip, Nova’s slider is an out/swing and miss pitch. Hopefully, unlike in the last game, it is at its optimum tonight.

  86. Mike_Boston October 6th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    mick October 6th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Look for Leyland to try to unnerve Nova in the 1st inning like he did with Freddy and his arm band removal.
    ———————————-
    Mick, I must have missed that part during the game, what happened exactly?

  87. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    “How is everybody feeling today?”

    I had a flu shot yesterday and my arm is aching. My fall allergies have kick in and are kicking my butt! I have an allergy headache that won’t quit. Let me see is there anything else?

    I’m real cool with tonight’s game. I’m actually looking forward to watching the Cards hopefully TKO those invincible Phils!!!

  88. djsunyc October 6th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    hughes exhibits ice water too when he comes out of the pen. i will keep saying this till the cows come home – he is the heir apparent to mariano…

  89. Erin October 6th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    New Post- Small role for now: Montero showing his potential

    :arrow:

  90. mick October 6th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Mike-
    Leyland requested Freddy remove an arm band before th 1st pitch and it clearly pissed him off.
    4 batters later Cabrera lined a HR to right with one on.

  91. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I believe in Hughes also.

    I believe in all of them. That’s why I see tonight’s game as a piece of cake. Apologies to those who think I’m not taking it seriously enough or think I’m underestimating the Tigers. I am, and I’m not. Now try to figure that out and it will take your mind off worrying about the game!

  92. J. Alfred Prufrock October 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 11:47 am
    Hardwired, Nova, to me, is young Mariano. Great stuff, ice water in his veins, mature beyond his years.

    *********

    J Al, there was a part of me that almost considered trying to grab a ticket for tonight’s game and making my way to the Stadium. But I think that I need either you or Yankfem or LGY on the forum if I’m at a game. If you or YF don’t go to all of the games – ALCS, WS (yup, I’ve counted my chickens) maybe I’ll pick up a game. If not, I will happily live by my father’s maxim: the best seat in the house is the one in front of your television!
    ///

    Trisha, I’ll be there at all of ‘em, and I can’t speak for Yankeefeminista, but I’d bet she will be, too.

    Luis has enough magnetic positivity to hold down the gamethread, I would say, as well as guys like Tar & others – you’ve got to come down here to the Bronx, girl! (I’m no use in the IGTs, I can’t stay in them).

    Would be cool knowing you’re somewhere on sacred ground! Make an appearance, over the next month!

  93. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    trisha, you *must* come down for a game. The energy at the Stadium is so palpable that you will easily be able to send it to Lohud in spades with energy to spare. Nothing like it.

  94. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Trisha, FYI, I will be at *all* the games at Stadium.

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    YF, then I’ll happily lead the cheerring squad on the forum!

    :)

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    By the way, my spelling isn’t generally atrocious. My keyboard is extremely sensitive and so adds extra letters randomly.

    :roll:

  97. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    TheFakeESPN Boston Red Sox to replace manager Terry Francona with the team’s doctor due to his experience performing the heimlich.

    ———–

    Nice. Better brush up on his CPR as well.

    I saw that cookie monster tweet and knew you had to see it. :wink:

  98. Duh Innings October 6th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    If Nova goes six or seven innings, Mo should pitch the rest of the way because he has thrown only FOURTEEN pitches in a game after 9/25 (11 vs. the Rays 9/27 + 3 vs. the Tigers where he barely broke a sweat last Saturday) thus only three pitches in a game after 9/27.

    It’s 10/6 and the ALCS starts Saturday, so even if Mo pitched as many as three innings and the Yanks won tonight, he’d still have a day off tomorrow and would probably come into Game 1 around 11-11:30pm if the Yanks needed him.

    If the Yanks advance to the ALCS then win, lose, or split the first two games of the ALCS where they don’t use Mo in either game, he’d pitch around 11-11:30pm on 10/11 at the earliest barring a rainout.

    Anyone who tells me “What if Mo throws 30 pitches in the seventh or eighth?” well, what if it’s tied, he throws 30 pitches in the ninth, the game goes to extra innings, and it’s still tied after eleven innings and Mo pitching the ninth through eleventh innings? You’re taking Mo out after three innings? Are you nuts? If four innings from Mo means he can’t pitch Game 1 and maybe Game 2 of the ALCS as well, then that’s how it has to be. Maybe it’s not tied through regulation if enters the game in the seventh or eighth.

    So what if the Yanks are up by a run through six and Mo comes in for the seventh? The Yanks still have three innings to score more runs and who is more likely to give up a run, Mo or a Tiger reliever? The Yanks have three innings to add to the lead. If the Yanks are up by two runs through six, Mo will more likely pitch 0 or 3 ERA ball than 6. If the Yanks are up by three runs, no way Mo pitches 9 ERA or worse ball.

  99. Duh Innings October 6th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Here’s my argument for Mo entering in the seventh with a lead of three runs or less:

    Yanks up by a run through six, Mo has to pitch 0 ERA ball to get the save.

    Yanks up by two runs through six, Mo has to pitch no worse than 3 ERA ball to get the save.

    Yanks up by three runs through six, Mo has to pitch no worse than 6 ERA ball to get the save.

    Yanks score in the seventh for a two-run lead through seven, Mo has to pitch no worse than 4.50 ERA ball to get the save.

    Yanks score two runs in the seventh for a three-run lead through seven, Mo has to pitch no worse than 9 ERA ball to get the save.

    Yanks score in the eighth for a two-run lead, Mo can pitch 9 ERA ball in the ninth and still get the save.

    Yanks score two in the eighth for a three-run lead, Mo an pitch 18 ERA ball in the ninth and still get the save.

    If the Yanks are up by four or more runs through six with Nova, I leave Nova in to try to complete the seventh then go right to Mo.

  100. Niblick October 6th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Absolutely ridiculous. Mo’s not going to pitch 3 innings. No matter what the score is.

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