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Nova: “I’m not pitching good right now”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 31, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Don’t let two consecutive wins fool you, Ivan Nova is not happy with the way he’s been pitching lately.

“Listen, I’m not pitching good right now,” he said after last night’s high-wire act. “I’m not pitching good. I mean, it’s hard, it’s hard when you’re not pitching good, especially when you know that you’re better than what you’re showing right now. It’s really hard for me. So I think I’ve got to enjoy this win today, the team win. That’s the most important thing. Keep my head up and go back to work. I know at some point this year I’m going to start pitching better, and I hope it’s going to be soon. I still have a lot of confidence in myself and I know I can get out of bad situations.”

At 6-2, Nova is tied with CC Sabathia for the Yankees best record. He has the longest road winning streak of any Yankees pitcher since 1995. The Yankees have won eight of his 10 starts this season.

But Nova’s 5.60 ERA is only .04 lower than Phil Hughes ERA, and even though Hughes struggled on Monday, Nova’s been the lesser pitcher this month. He’s allowed at least five earned runs in five of his past seven starts. Last night he had more walks than strikeouts for the second time this season.

Thing is, Nova’s fastball velocity has been good. Less than two weeks ago, his slider was so sharp he struck out 12 batters in a game. He’s walked more than three batters in a game only once this season, and he’s generally pitched fairly deep into games. Only Sabathia has thrown more innings for the Yankees.

So what’s the problem, and what does Nova need to do to fix it?

“Pitch better,” he said with no hint of sarcasm. “Because my arm feels really good. I just got to pitch better. I just got to do what I have to do out there, and hopefully we can do that soon. … I mean, the first couple of innings I start really good, with all my pitches down, and then I start leaving them up, and then I start making mistakes. But I think it’s something I have to work on mentally, because I feel really good. I think it’s something mentally I’ve got to correct and try to do. Don’t try, just do it.”

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39 Responses to “Nova: “I’m not pitching good right now””

  1. Bronx Jeers May 31st, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Remember when they really didn’t need Andy?

    Nova’s assessment of his performance seems spot on. I think he’ll turn it around.

  2. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Austin and sanchez with back to back doubles for Charleston.

    Marshall with 3 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

  3. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Tom, it’s good to be the king, as long as the queen allows it.

  4. MTU May 31st, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Time for that secret Dominican maneuver known as the “crazy Ivan”.

    Turn it around 180 and let loose w/o warning.

    Then bam !

    Shutouts for as far as the eye can see.

    The enemy is sunk.


  5. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    and in Trenton, Cody Johnson bombs a 2 run homer to right. In his first at bat, he plastered the right fielder against the wall. Just a pedestrian 400 footer. Marshall has a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd.

  6. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Angelo Gumbs with a 2 run homer in the 4th. 3 RBI for the night for Charleston.

  7. 98NYY May 31st, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Boston gave up the lead…3-2…hope they play long into the night…with Tigers winning of course.

  8. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Damon Sublett saves Marshall’s shutout with a throw to home plate from right field for an inning ending DP.

  9. mick May 31st, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    did nova say something about being the best pitcher in the al?

  10. Against All Odds May 31st, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Is this a case of not enough coaching, poor coaching and/or poor drafting?


    Maybe it’s all three. Rich has said more than once you would like to believe the org. is run very well but when it comes to things like developing they are not as good as they should be.

  11. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Sanchez is a really strong lad. Looks like the 2 run homer he just hit had him reaching with one hand and hit it into the parking lot in left center. #7.

  12. Pat M. May 31st, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Maybe the Brother Steinbrenner’s should allocate 2 nights worth of Beer sales at the Stadium to expand the coaching ranks down below…….For all their vast wealth to be so top heavy in the front office with Fat Cats and so thin in area of coaching speaks volumes…….The NY Yankees are not spoken glowingly in how the run and treat their farmhands and chattels…..I hear that the closer you get to The GW Bridge the better things get

  13. AZ88 May 31st, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Sanchez is a monster – nice to have an elite young bat in the pipeline

    Sanchez, Austin, Bichette, Williams, Rafael Santana = Jeter, Posada, Soriano, Bernie, Lowell

    Pettitte = Banuelos
    Rivera = Betances

  14. Bret The Hitman May 31st, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Saltalamacchia, Sweeney and Middlebrooks have solved 3 positions for the Red Sox in one season. The Sox can let Papi walk, make Youkilis the DH next year and use the savings to sign Anibal Sanchez, Greinke or Hamels (for a little more). Youkilis can back up 3b and 1b so he’d be a versatile DH.

    When Crawford and Ellsbury return, their only weakness will be shortstop. Adding a starter would mean Bard goes back to the pen and Bailey will be back in 2013. Also Aceves moves back to middle reliever where he belongs. How stacked will they be?

  15. ET May 31st, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Sox are setup very well. Lots of smart pickups they made that can be long term solutions like Salty, Sweeny, Baily, Aceves, etc. Plus they have elite homegrown talent like Lester, Pedroia, Ellsbury, etc.

    If the Yanks are dead-set on having the budget, they’re not in a position to stay elite for very much longer without an infusion of talent. Since the farm doesn’t have much for the next few years and they don’t have many trade chips, they need to infuse the team via FA.

    They don’t need to go for Hamilton or Hamels… go for Melky and Greinke. They need to get creative with the lineup.

  16. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Bichette hits his 1st homer of the year, a 2 run shot to left center.

  17. mick May 31st, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    For all their vast wealth to be so top heavy in the front office with Fat Cats and so thin in area of coaching speaks volumes
    Pat M

    All these great years and now they are going small market?
    Doesn’t sound right, fans might be in for a big surprise, might not be a good one.

  18. mick May 31st, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Sanchez is a monster – nice to have an elite young bat in the pipeline
    But can he catch?

  19. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    After Bichette’s homer, Austin cranks a double off of the top of the 37 foot wall in Greenville and sanchez drills one out of the park just to the left of center field. He’s 3-4 with a double, 2 homer and 5 RBI.

  20. mick May 31st, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Sanchez is a monster – nice to have an elite young bat in the pipeline
    Is he the reason Montero is gone?

  21. Pat M. May 31st, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I hear Abe Almonte’s name an awful lot as of late and in a very positive way……GB, our pal SJ thinks he ready for Broadway……Or 161st and River Ave….

  22. blake May 31st, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I really enjoyed the mathletic competition between JF and GM in the previous thread :)

  23. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Marshall for Trenton out after 6 innings, 6 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 73 pitches, 56 strikes, 8 ground outs, 6 flyouts

  24. blake May 31st, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Gotta think theyll challenge Austin with a promotion pretty soon…..Sanchez too since hes releating.

  25. blake May 31st, 2012 at 9:06 pm


  26. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Pat, maybe by the September call-ups. He’s as good a fly chaser as they have, but, still in AA Trenton. Good arm and speed. can bushwhack a pitcher on occassion and reach the seats.

  27. blake May 31st, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Nova gets it…..they need to stick by this kid because I think he coukd figure it out in a big way

  28. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Promotions won’t happen until after next week’s draft and the kids come out of XST

  29. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Watching the Charleston and Trenton games right now. Bichette’s swing has changed for some reason. Instead of being a line drive hitter that can hit for power, he’s trying to hit home runs and seems to be a bit out of control right now. Dad needs to smack him around a bit.

  30. comet May 31st, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    NTU good to see your screen name! Where have you ben?

  31. G-C May 31st, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    He’s fine.

    He’s shown more this year that tells me he has the potential to become a front of the rotation starter than he ever has before.

    But he needs to start making a conscious effort to keep the ball down. If he doesn’t recoup some of those ground balls I’m not sure he’ll ever have the command to compensate for all the homers he’ll give up at home.

  32. Pat M. May 31st, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    GB…….Dante Jr is going thru the ” I’m a Staaaah ” period…….That’ll change soon enough…….A weekend of 0 4er’swill get his attention

  33. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Pat, Your hometown lad, Higashioka has a homer tonight. He’s just hasn’t hit like i believe the Yanks thought he would, but, like Murphy, he’s still young. murphy isn’t hitting like he did last year, either.

  34. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Yeah, he’s still 19 and hitting about .260 with too many strikeouts and errors. I suppose Dad will have him out in the warehouse this winter, talking with him.

  35. comet May 31st, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    That should have been MTU.

    Pat do you see the Yankees as able to rebuild around the albatross of the Arod contract? I’m going to assume that Teix rights himself. If not that makes rebuilding in the next five years even tougher.

    If one goes with your idea to rebuild with youth and trade Swisher, Cano and Granderson why not see what CC would bring as well. I like the idea of a genuine youth movement but we need to realize that Arod has five more years at his average salary AFTER this one. His power is very sporadic and approaching age thirty seven he appears to be singles and doubles hitter.

    If we went the way of a genuine youth movement wouldn’t that mean that we could develop the the killer bees at the ML level.

    Agree with you that better and more coaching in Minor leagues can only pay dividends in the new world of the salary cap.
    If the Yankees choose to stay below the salary cap that hardly makes them a Kansas City or Pittsburgh. That should be enough money to field a very competitive team – $189 million!

    Also agree that the front office would need to be sanitized. I think they’d need a different manager as well.



  36. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Charleston wins, 13-2.

  37. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Trenton wins 11-0. Marshall is 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA

  38. Pat M. May 31st, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Comet……Let’s face facts, Alex and his mega deal is here to stay as you just build around it for now…….Texeria as well although he should still provide well above average leather there for the duration of his deal and hopefully launch 30 and drive in 100…….Just have to make the best of the situation as Alex will be the DH by 2014 ……As for CC Sabathia, he should age well and is the type of guy you build around with your young pitchers as he’s the anchor…….If this concept was to be a consideration the Yanks would need to identify what they need and then see if that matches up with what they really want……..Clearly this is the way to go because if done right they can get healthy real fast……..Washington, Arizona are just loaded with young talent and they’re are more clubs who think they are ready to make a title run and guys like Cano & Granderson could get them over the top……Swisher has to go by July

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