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Nova: “I think I can do the job”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 11, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is the way Ivan Nova described the recent action on his slider:

“It was doing nothing,” Nova said. “Nothing. I saw a couple I threw that looked like a changeup. Instead of breaking to the corner, it stayed right in the middle or went middle-down instead of middle-away, to the right handers especially.”

With an 8.36 ERA since the All-Star break, Nova has tinkered with his slider grip and said it was much better in his bullpen earlier this week. But this afternoon’s start will be his next real test, trying to finally end this four-week slide that’s pushed his season ERA to 4.81.

“I think it’s important for him, I do, because you don’t want it to continue, to carry over his starts,” Joe Girardi said. “And if he doesn’t, he’s still going to go back out there in five days, that’s the bottom line.”

The Yankees remain committed to Nova, largely because he was so good last season and because he was pretty good — and occasionally terrific — during this year’s first half.

“I don’t think it’s mechanical,” Nova said. “Two days ago, I was watching my videos in Detroit, and I was just watching them again. It’s not mechanical. Let’s see how it goes (today). I feel positive. I think I can do the job. … Last year, at some point, I stopped throwing (the slider) because I didn’t feel like it was doing anything. We went back and worked on it and it was good. If I lose that feel, I think I’ve been doing everything possible to get it back. If I did it before, I don’t see any reason why I can’t do it now.”

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33 Responses to “Nova: “I think I can do the job””

  1. blake August 11th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    the slider is an issue….but the primary one is throwing fastballs down the middle…..his command has been terrible of late….he doesn’t really hide the ball well and when he throws fastballs up and in the middle of the plate he’s going to get hammered.

    Obviously needs to get the slider working again….it’ll get guys off his fastball and help….but he needs to locate the heater better and get back to pounding the bottom of the strike zone with his 2 seamer….thats his bread and butter…..

  2. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    In his last two starts, Nova has worked 10¹/? innings and given up 16 earned runs and 21 hits. In 22 starts this season, Nova has worked 138¹/? innings, allowed an alarming 160 hits, issued 43 walks and hit seven batters. That’s 210 baserunners (1.52 per inning) and a hefty batting average against of .291. In his last 40 innings, he has given up 67 hits and 12 walks.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z23F24b9hD

    Ivan–Location, location, location and you should be fine :)

  3. austinmac August 11th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Heathcott has been playing great. If he can stay healthy, I think he starts in Trenton. Let’s hope Williams is healthy at the start of the season.

    With respect to Pineda, I know a college pitcher who had labrum repair the same time as Pineda. He is now allow to put his arm through a throwing motion without a ball. It’s a slow process without much newsworthy.

  4. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    10.1 and 138.1 innings from above article in NY Post

  5. blake August 11th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I think the biggest concern with Nova is that he’s never really had great command….so you wonder if this is just a bump in the road or if iit’s somewhat of a correction back closer to what he really is…..

    I’m not saying I’m giving up on him or even down on him….I still like the stuff and I still like his mound presence and all that …..but he doesn’t hide the ball well and he’s going to have to throw more quality pitches…..still young…..today would be a nice time to get it moving in the right direction again..

  6. 86w183 August 11th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Morning gents!

    I agree it all starts with fastball command and most importantly not getting frustrated by low strikes that don’t get called his way.

    He and Hughes get it going and they won’t get caught.

  7. blake August 11th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Pineda has time on his side…..there is reason to hope he can help next year…..the Yanks just shouldn’t build the 2013 club to rely on that.

  8. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Austinmac-

    Good morning. All I have heard is that Pineda’s surgery was a success. Where is he recuperating? The odds are not great for pitchers to come back 100% after labrum surgery. I wonder if platelet rich plasma was injected into the joint. Some surgeons, I’ve read, believe it helps to relocate the attachment of the biceps tendon, which often rubs on the surface of the labrum and cause these micro tears to turn into full tears with repetitive motion that pitchers undergo.

  9. RadioKev August 11th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I think the biggest concern with Nova is that he’s never really had great command….so you wonder if this is just a bump in the road or if iit’s somewhat of a correction back closer to what he really is…..
    ——————

    I’m tempted to say correction as well, but we saw him pitch so well for a long stretch last season. Corrections tend to be statistical outcome driven, but we literally saw this guy pitch well. I don’t think a guy’s stuff or control or mechanics “corrects.” He legitimately outperformed his projections.

  10. 86w183 August 11th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Would be great if Pineda returns to his first half of 2010 form, but Blake is right they cant bank on it.

    Sure looks like Kuroda will be back, probably one year @ $ 12 M. He’s earned a raise. You guys think Andy comes back? I’m guessing not.

  11. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Blake-

    Even if Pineda is allowed to go at 100% in ST, he has other issues to make him be a complete pitcher and I agree-don’t plan on him being one of your starters in 2013.

  12. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Kuroda-Will he even want to come back or return to Japan. He gets no run support, a full 2 runs less than CC, and could easily have 4-5 more wins with a” little help from his friends”

    Pettitte-Has he been able to stay off the DL the last 3 years? Having a second lefty in the rotation certainly is a good way to neutralize the homerun ball in YS with the Yankees having the leader in homeruns allowed in Hughes and the #3 in Nova.

  13. blake August 11th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    “don’t think a guy’s stuff or control or mechanics “corrects.” He legitimately outperformed his projections.”

    True but guys can throw the nall than they normally would for periods of time….especially when the league isnt familar with them.

    Nova gave up lots of baserunners even last year….he just limited damage better than hes doing now.

  14. 86w183 August 11th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Have you ever heard of a surgery that didn’t go well? It seems all surgeries are successful and all re-habs are ahead of schedule. To me none of it means anything.

    I wonder which LH starter Chavez gets to face? Jester is likely to DH today I would think.

    Going to the Stadium Monday night. I think I get CC and Dempster.

  15. blake August 11th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Trader,

    Pineda is a total wait and see…..we just dont know.

  16. Tar August 11th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Good Morning everybody. :D

    There were some debates earlier this year re: Hughes/Nova. Most, cough LGY cough, thought Nova (because of his better numbers early) deserved the spot over Hughes. I thought Nova was a bit lucky early on especially with RISP numbers.

    What’s kind of perplexing to me is his K/9 numbers are the highest of his career. But that hasn’t translated to more success. Over throwing his two seamer? IDK, his bb/9 are actually lower then last year.

    I really like Ivan, especially after reading that great piece on his path to the Yankees. And hope he figures it out.

    BTW any word on GB yet?

  17. 86w183 August 11th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I think guys are over swinging againstNova since he leads MLB in x-tra base hits allowed. Thus his K stats are up too. He needs to do a better job of staying on top of the ball in order to keep it down.

    If you had told me that Rapada would have as many wins as Pettite in mid August I would have been very nervous.

  18. blake August 11th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    “What’s kind of perplexing to me is his K/9 numbers are the highest of his career.”

    I think to some degree hes sacrificed what made him good last year to go after more ks…..what made him good was that sinking fastball and getting ground outs……hes getting more Ks this year but also making more mistakes that are getting damaged more……he needs to pitch down in the zone….when hes down hes very effective…..when hes up things flatten out and hitters just seem to really see the ball well iff him when the ball is elevated.

  19. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2012 at 9:33 am

    No word on GB, from Pat M, Chad, MTU, Randy. Very concerned!

  20. MTU August 11th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    ” I [can] do the job.”

    See Ivan. I fixed that for ya’.

    No need to thank me.

    ;)

  21. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    86w183-

    Dempster-Harrison-Feldman-Holland vs.

    CC-Kuroda-Garcia-Nova

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/probables/_/date/20120813

  22. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Time to go.

    Headlines tomorrow: “Yankees beat Laffey in a Laugher.”

    Have a great day everyone.

    Until later.

  23. blake August 11th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Buster Olney
    @Buster_ESPN
    Mike Trout’s current trajectory will take him to these numbers: 135 runs, 100 RBI, 32 homers, 55 SB, 194 hits, 58 walks. He has 1.010 OPS.

    Not bad for missing a month of the season

  24. Tar August 11th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    86
    that’s an interesting take, I had not thought of that.

    Blake
    As usual, I agree.

    YT
    Thanks. That is very troubling. I know Tom is somewhere kind of close to him, I wonder if he has tried to contact him

  25. Against All Odds August 11th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    blake August 11th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Buster Olney
    @Buster_ESPN
    Mike Trout’s current trajectory will take him to these numbers: 135 runs, 100 RBI, 32 homers, 55 SB, 194 hits, 58 walks. He has 1.010 OPS.

    Not bad for missing a month of the season

    —————————

    The kid is scary on so many levels. Of course he will slump like all players do but boy it is exciting to see him play.

  26. blake August 11th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    That AL WC is going to be a dog fight…..5 teams within a game.

  27. Cashmoney August 11th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    morning all,
    Yanks seems to be a bit more aggressive in promoting positional prospects this year. mayhaps, there is some internal pressure to have better options at upper level or talents pushing thru but I kind of like it.

  28. Cashmoney August 11th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Anthony Gose doesnt look much of a hitter, he has relatively level swing thru the zone for a lefty and decent bat speed. he is pretty fast though.

  29. DONNYBROOK August 11th, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Winning the Final 2 games in Detroit was huge when it comes to momentum and a team’s self confidence. When you throw in the fact the Tigers KO’d the Yanks out in Rd 1 of last season’s Playoffs, those 2 W’s become even Bigger. Once a team starts getting Major contributions from it’s Supporting Cast, (Chavez\Ichiro), you know your onna roll. The swagger is back, and that’s with A-Rod and Pettitte looming in-the-wings.

  30. jacksquat August 11th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I don’t like what appears to be the pitching strategy with the Yankee org. They seem to preach velocity, strikeouts, pitching up, etc. The two seamer seems to just plain not be taught. Guys in the minors who don’t throw hard are sometimes ignored or have to go to great lengths to get a shot. See Phelps, as opposed to Hughes.

    And Trout is the MVP. It’s not close. Cabrera is not even 2nd (Cano). Fielding and running are part of the game too.

  31. blake August 11th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    “Winning the Final 2 games in Detroit was huge when it comes to momentum and a team’s self confidence. ”

    With a 4 gamer with Texas looming and Boston after that its why I called the win Thursday the best win of the season thus far….

  32. blake August 11th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Grandy hitting 6th today

  33. tomingeorgia August 11th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Tar,
    GB7 and I kind of planned going to a River Dog game when they came to Augusta in April. Plans fell through, though, and I never met the man. He lives somewhere not far from Charleston, but I don’t know where, exactly. I’ve got no way to find him. I’m worried, too.


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