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Nova wants to get back to being super

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Aug 06, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova wants to get off the roller coaster.

The 25-year-old righty is 0-2 with a 7.54 ERA over his last four starts. He was 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA in a seven-start stretch leading into this stretch. He’s 10-5 with a 4.53 ERA overall. He needs to find some consistency.

“I’ve been doing a pretty good job,” said Nova, who has allowed 149 hits, including 21 homers, in 133 innings. “I know I can do more than that. Like everybody knows, I’ve been hit a lot. It’s not something I expected. But we still have time to change a lot of things. We have two more months left in the season, and that can be big for me.”

His last start went very wrong. Nova surrendered a career-high nine runs as well as 10 hits in five innings last Tuesday against the Orioles and lost 11-5. The Yankees handed him a five-run lead in the first and he promptly handed Baltimore seven runs in the second.

“The team, they did their part,” Nova said. “The hitters scored a lot of runs, five runs. You’ve got to win the game with five runs. I just didn’t do my part. I made a lot of mistakes with my pitches. I didn’t do what I wanted to do or what I was supposed to do. That really hurt me.”

Tonight in Detroit, he may have very little margin for error. Justin Verlander is the scheduled starter for the Tigers.

“That’s a good matchup for me,” Nova said. “I’m going to face a very good pitcher. I’ve got to do my job and keep my team as close as I can because he’s a really tough guy to hit.”

For a look back at yesterday’s positive finish to the homestand and the work of Freddy Garcia and Raul Ibanez, please check out my linked article for LoHud.com and The Journal News.

 

 
 

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43 Responses to “Nova wants to get back to being super”

  1. Benny Blanco August 6th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Lets’s go nova! New month. Time to focus on the mound!

  2. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Which team would you rather see the Yankees play in the ALDS, if players are healthy for both teams, knowing that your first two games are on the road. If it’s a wild card team, take into account you might not be facing their #1 pitcher.

    From MLB:

    The regular season is scheduled to end on Wednesday, Oct. 3, leaving two days for travel, weather problems, possible season-ending tiebreakers to decide division titles and Wild Card berths and the Wild Card elimination games prior to the start of the Division Series.

    The three division winners in each league will await the survivor of a one-game playoff between the Wild Card teams in each league. Both games are slated for Friday, Oct. 5, two days after the end of the regular season. Barring weather disruptions, the Division Series field of four teams in each league will begin the following Saturday and Sunday.

    Reverting to the old 2-3 format that was used from 1995-97 will allow the one-game Wild Card playoff winners to remain home and host the first two games of their Division Series, which will begin on Sunday, Oct. 7. The other two Division Series that pits division winners will begin on Saturday, Oct. 6

  3. Hassey August 6th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    admittedly a repost – anyone notice a difference in Tex’s swing, particulalry LH? :

    HRs are unlikely to be the decisive factor in Detroit, but will come into play big time in Toronto. Is it too early to assume Tex’s wrist problems have sapped his power for the rest of 2012?

  4. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    The Mars Lander, Curiosity, just landed successfully on Mars. It’s first order of businees, as I understand, is it will be transmitting to a Supernova, in this case, Ivan “Super” Nova on what it take to get his Mojo back! :)

  5. austinmac August 6th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    YT,

    Have you heard from our friend, MTU?

  6. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    If Tex still has a lingering left wrist problems, and cannot generate power, than that wil be a problem, especially with the exaggerated shifts he’d be facing, with 2nd baseman playing in short RF.

  7. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    MTU sends his best wishes-recovering from a stomach flu.

  8. blake August 6th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    The key word for Nova is down. Keep the ball down.

  9. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    These are Verlander’s regular season stats vs Yankee Batters:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....-verlander

    Instead of using Grandy to lead off vs Verlander, would it be best to have Ichiro lead off tonight? Look at his stats vs verlander.

  10. blake August 6th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    The key with Verlander always is jumping on him early…..it takes him awhile to dial in his location so that he can turn it loose…..if you let him get settled in its over most nights…..have to damage him enough early then hope Nkva hangs on.

    The Yanks do usually fair better against 4 seam guys like Verlander though…..guys like Felix that move the ball around and change speeds well eat the up.

  11. Bo knows August 6th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    The Yanks do usually fair better against 4 seam guys like Verlander though…..guys like Felix that move the ball around and change speeds well eat the up.

    ———–
    Most of their swings are geared for FBs. Occasionally this works. The stopped clock observation.

  12. Dionysius Thelxinoe August 6th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Where is GB7??????

  13. randy l. August 6th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    “Where is GB7??????”

    he just finished reading Atlas Shrugged and he’s on strike from the blog.

    he’s holed up in a pizza/burrito/ beer joint in a hidden valley out west that MTU found on one of his legendary hikes.

    they are both waiting for intelligent baseball discussion before returning.

    they asked me to go, but someone has to stay to piss people off.

  14. Shame Spencer August 6th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’m really excited for this series..

  15. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Hi and goodbye. Intelligent discussion-that leaves me out!!

    Have a great day!

  16. blake August 6th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    “Most of their swings are geared for FBs. Occasionally this works. The stopped clock observation.”

    I just think they have a lot of guessers and groove swingers…..guys like Ibanez and Grandy, and Tex can guess fastball and square up a 4 seamer if they guess right even if its 100 mph……guys with movement are harder to do that with especially if you dont keep the bat in the zone very long.

  17. blake August 6th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/1.....n-mlb.html

    We talk a lot about bad contracts ….here is a list of the best ones or the friendliest ones.

  18. blake August 6th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    You know what I think would really get the Yankees going….a team “Call me maybe youtube video” ! Something tells me Swisher would be the only one singing…..that would be hilarious.

  19. ron August 6th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    “they are both waiting for intelligent baseball discussion before returning”

    I guess we’ll never hear from them again.

  20. Cashmoney August 6th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    lot of guys on this team have more problems with quality off speed pitches than fastball. that’s my observation, too lazy to look up in saber world.

  21. Cashmoney August 6th, 2012 at 10:35 am

    We talk a lot about bad contracts ….here is a list of the best ones or the friendliest ones.

    swisher, cano and grandy all had reasonable contracts, it’s about to go up.

  22. Chip August 6th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Cashmoney August 6th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    lot of guys on this team have more problems with quality off speed pitches than fastball. that’s my observation, too lazy to look up in saber world.
    ——————

    I would wager that’s probably true about most hitters in the game.

  23. DONNYBROOK August 6th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    As usual, you guys Over complicate Verlander. Just look at his splits this season. Better than a 1.5 difference in his Home and Road ERA. Huge for Any Chucker.
    Ibanez has become the Best Professional Hitter the Yanks have had since Lou Pinella. They are Not physically imposing as they stand at the plate, but somehow they usually get-the-job-done.
    The Yanks may be able to get away with chuckin’ Freddy vs sad sacks like Seattle, but against teams that can actually hit, No Way. Phelps should be getting the innings\experience outta that rotation slot till Pettitte returns. Right now, Phelps is gathering moss.

  24. BIG AL August 6th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Why do they perform so much better away from New York?

    —————————————————————————

    Burnett (14-3) allowed just one hit after the first inning and retired 18 straight batters before yielding two walks with two outs in the ninth. He allowed three hits and two runs with three walks and seven strikeouts in 8 2-3 innings to improve to 3-0 in three starts against the Reds this season.

    “After the second inning he was just rock solid. He got some quick outs,” Hurdle said.

    Burnett shrugged off the stopper’s tag.

    “I just want to win whatever it takes, if it’s my day it’s my responsibility.”

  25. PacoDooley August 6th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    blake August 6th, 2012 at 10:05 am
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/1…..n-mlb.html

    We talk a lot about bad contracts ….here is a list of the best ones or the friendliest ones.
    —————————————

    I saw that and it makes you realize that perhaps the NYY need to take an approach that is a bit of a hybrid of the approach that the Rays take. The Yankees do not like to lock guys up early, but you can see that they would be in a much better position if they had bought out more years from Cano in his last deal. They would point to someone like Martin to show that they need to negotiate after a player shows what they have, but I think that they should look at the next generation of players and consider contracts like Longoria’s and try to lock in some low cost value.

    They also need to avoid idiotic contracts like the one A-Rod has (see the corresponding lost of worst contracts on Yahoo!) to develop a more flexible approach under the new CB agreement

  26. Chip August 6th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    These truly are the dog days – relatively hum drum game – not even any big potential transactions to talk about.

  27. Bo knows August 6th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The stupidity of that CBA still boggles the mind. Baseball is driven by the Big Teams Bases – NY, Boston, Philly, LA. So now they’re penalized for success. Who’s going to watch World Series of say; Washington – Detroit? Yankees, who have money and Tampa who have none – same tar brush.

  28. DONNYBROOK August 6th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    ALL teams are striving toward roster flexability. That does NOT mean guessing on just which Bushers\Cano are gonna turn into stars and “locking” them up, that means simply Avoiding the extremely long term deals. Once the Yanks reach that $189 Mill goal, and reset the ledger, they can do Exactly what the Dodgers are currently doing. Buy up Rentals with a track record at the Trade Deadline. To do this over a period of time does require that each year your minor league system produces “good” players in the mold of Nova and Gardner. These players do Not have to be Super Stars\Cano, simply “good”. The cracks can be filled in at the trade deadline.

  29. bruceb August 6th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    “That’s a good match up for me,” Nova said. I’ll bet Verlander is quaking in his boots!

    Seriously, this is the acid test for Nova and the rest of the Yankees rotation. The Tigers are red-hot at Comerica, where they have won their last eight games and 14 out of 15. This is the type of challenge we’re going to be up against in the playoffs. I don’t think we can outslug Cabrera and Fielder so we’ll have to outpitch them.

  30. DONNYBROOK August 6th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Again, HAL voted in favor of the current CBA. The Boss woulda voted his conscience and walked out. I continue to say Hal aint got he balls of his father.

  31. Chip August 6th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    DONNYBROOK August 6th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Again, HAL voted in favor of the current CBA. The Boss woulda voted his conscience and walked out. I continue to say Hal aint got he balls of his father.
    ———————–

    Maybe Hal voted his conscience too.

  32. Cashmoney August 6th, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Hal’s childhood idol was John Maynard Keynes.

    BO! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ure=relmfu

  33. blake August 6th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    “I saw that and it makes you realize that perhaps the NYY need to take an approach that is a bit of a hybrid of the approach that the Rays take.”

    I think they need to consider it selectively…..they need to try and forcast who are special players and lock them up early when they do develop them….

  34. Out Pitch August 6th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Nova is ranked 78th in pitching in the league. Yes, Ivan. Verlander is a “very good pitcher.”

    Obviously the Yankees can carry mediocre pitching during the regular season due to their run production.

    Step up I.N.!

  35. CompassRosy August 6th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    “The Yanks may be able to get away with chuckin’ Freddy vs sad sacks like Seattle, but against teams that can actually hit, No Way.”

    ~

    Hey now…
    The “sad sacks” are 5-1 vs. Detroit this season – including a 3-game sweep in Detroit in which they out-scored the Tiggers 21-9 :)
    The one loss, of course, was to Verlander in Seattle but, they did manage to score 3 runs off him.

  36. DONNYBROOK August 6th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Yanks shoulda run Montero outta the Park yesterday. Montero continues to look weak behind the plate. My guess is Girardi figured the Yanks would out-hit the Mariners, so why risk it?

  37. Chip August 6th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    blake August 6th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    “I saw that and it makes you realize that perhaps the NYY need to take an approach that is a bit of a hybrid of the approach that the Rays take.”

    I think they need to consider it selectively…..they need to try and forcast who are special players and lock them up early when they do develop them….
    ——————

    All this CBA does is put a premium on improving your evaluation process, both internally and externally.

    It penalizes teams for investing a large amount in the wrong players and for being ineffective at developing your own talent.

    The Yankees are still the most well off franchise in sports and if you can’t flex that muscle on the field then they should invest it in their organizational evaluators and coaches.

  38. DONNYBROOK August 6th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    As the saying goes, “It’s not always Who you play, but When you play ‘em”. Such is probably the explanation for the 5-1 Seattle vs Detroit

  39. Warning Track Power August 6th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Nova needs to pitch a strong game tonight.
    Let’s hope the Yankees offense gets opportunities to score a run or two early in the game
    and never look back.

  40. Hassey August 6th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    WTP – Getting opportunities hasn’t been the problem, right? But yes, let’s hope they jump on him early and poke a few balls down the lines.

  41. Ys Guy August 6th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    so, looking at the PS schedule, if the wc goes down to the last day, we could see the WC teams burn their #1 and #2 pitchers on wednesday and friday and not have either of them for the first 2 games of the division series, unless wednesday’s pitcher goes on short rest sunday.

  42. DONNYBROOK August 6th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Very interesting that Colletti is NO longer taking calls from Theo\Cubs after they allowed Dempster to sit in\listen in? on conversation between GM’s regarding the trade for Dempster. Dempster cast his Veto on the deal, so something musta been said to get Dempster to turn his skirt up at the Dodgers. Theo continues to do stupid stuff, and based on Dempster’s 1st AL game, Texas may have swallowed another\Oswalt poison pill.

  43. Ys Guy August 6th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    so for all the talk about the dodgers they are still 3 games out of the WC after sweeping the cubs.


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