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Super Nova! Another brilliant start for another big win

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 31, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova

Exactly three months ago, the Yankees shipped Ivan Nova to Triple-A. Today, they stepped toward the final month of the season with Nova as their most reliable starting pitcher. Brilliant again this afternoon, Nova pitched his second complete game and first shutout in a 2-0 win against the Orioles. For the first time since July 6, the Yankees have moved out of fourth place in the division and now lead the Orioles by a half game in the standings. The Rays and A’s play one another tonight, meaning the Yankees will pick up a game on one of them in the wild card race. They’ve moved up because of Nova, who struck out five and allowed three hits, all singles. He has a 2.28 ERA since returning from the minors and the Yankees won all six of his starts in the month of August. His modest offensive support came from Robinson Cano, who had an RBI double in the first inning and a solo home run in the eighth.

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51 Responses to “Super Nova! Another brilliant start for another big win”

  1. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    ACE!

  2. Benny Blanco August 31st, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Big time CG for NOVA

  3. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    One of the finest ballgames I’ve seen all summer. Robbie and Ivan are nice to have!

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    A tough lineup squared him up like twice all day long.

  5. Doreen August 31st, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Great job by Nova and Robbie.

  6. mick August 31st, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    mick August 31st, 2013 at 11:01 am

    One game playoff tomorrow… Who would yanks pitch ??
    =================
    That day is today and it’s Nova.

  7. exiledintampa August 31st, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I too like a well pitched game. and I like my best hitter to win it with his bat. Robbie comes through again.

  8. tucker August 31st, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Who pitches tomorrow?

  9. luis August 31st, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Primo,

    Exactly!!! ;)

    His sinker was outstanding again… His power CB is off the charts good… I don’t know if you noticed, but his mechanics are so much cleaner and consistent… He very seldom opens up the shoulder nowadays, also his landing is much more balanced. He is not drifting toward 1st base as much

  10. luis August 31st, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    tucker,

    Andy if I am not mistaken

  11. tucker August 31st, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Does Girardi bump Hughes’ next start? He just gave a signal in his interview … “This is not a place you come and (automatically) get 32 starts …”

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    tucker, maybe since it’s Chicago he won’t.

  13. luis August 31st, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Doreen,

    Homegrown tandem carry us to victory today

  14. mick August 31st, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Andy goes tomorrow.

  15. 4 NYY August 31st, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    “The way Nova’s pitching, I’m almost sure O’s would have liked to see Mo come in. No slight to the GREATEST closer EVER !!!”

    Did you see my post about the pitching placement in the majors? It just proved what you said about the importance of pitching.

    :)

    I did. It ‘s always been that way, hasn’t it? Very few exceptions throughout baseball’s many years.

  16. mick August 31st, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    mick August 31st, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Glad to see Girardi took my advice and flip flopped Hughes and Andy.
    Will be interesting to see if Romine catches Andy tomorrow…he has become a beast at the plate.

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    luis August 31st, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Primo,

    Exactly!!! ;)

    His sinker was outstanding again… His power CB is off the charts good… I don’t know if you noticed, but his mechanics are so much cleaner and consistent… He very seldom opens up the shoulder nowadays, also his landing is much more balanced. He is not drifting toward 1st base as much
    ///

    primo! :D I just now got a text msg from YF who was at the game! Raving about our Vato Ace! I bet GLove was there also; another big Nova guy.

    He does look nice and stable, driving to plate and really pounding the zone low. Really low stress delivery I agree. He was special today, and gave the BP a blow we sorely needed. He was comically in control – grounders and dribblers basically and whiffs.

    Then Robi comes up and just bags it.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    “I did. It ‘s always been that way, hasn’t it? Very few exceptions throughout baseball’s many years.”

    You are right, sir!

  19. 4 NYY August 31st, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    mick August 31st, 2013 at 4:01 pm
    mick August 31st, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Glad to see Girardi took my advice and flip flopped Hughes and Andy.
    Will be interesting to see if Romine catches Andy tomorrow…he has become a beast at the plate.

    Call him again ! Maybe he’ll listen again !

    Romine only needs to F’n play several days in a row, not Stewie !

    Few players can get going as a hitter playing as sporadically as Romine has .

  20. Your Name Here August 31st, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Only 5GB in the Loss Column!

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    luis, I’m going Thursday his scheduled next start, and probably to see Andy tomorrow. The replay’s on YES at 7 p.m. Gonna try and watch it again.

  22. 4 NYY August 31st, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    The Pirates made some good moves.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    LOL at Ichiro, trying to fake out the crowd that that curve Davis hit was gone. As per Chad tweet. Ichiro is an eccentric guy – good eccentric!

  24. jlyanks85 August 31st, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Hughes should be taken out of the rotation all together, not just get bumped to Monday,but getting him to avoid the O’was a smart since they usually destory him in YS.

    I’ve seen enough of him in 2013 to know he needs to get out of New York.

  25. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    You lucky putz!!… Go and watch it, it was amazing the way he kept the ball down and how he baffled the O’s batters with the Cb even if they knew that it was coming…

  26. jlyanks85 August 31st, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Ichrio def tricked me. I was so nervous from that Davis fly ball. Looked like one of those balls that would just kept carrying into the short porch.

  27. 4 NYY August 31st, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    The CB has absolutely made him luis !!! Makes other pitches even better.

    Now has the confidence that I thought was also lacking. No one can do it every time out, but he’s definitely on a roll !!!

  28. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    You can bet that it will be Stewie behind the plate tomorrow… I hope I am wrong on this one though

  29. 4 NYY August 31st, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve never been one to knock Girardi much at all, but starting Stewie is a huge mistake in judgment.

    Anyone can see that Romine is better than him.

  30. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    4 NYY,

    His makeup has always been of the charts… His problems were mechanical mostly… Those at some point get in your head…But once the problem was solved, his confidence is back… If given some patience with him, he will probably anchor the Yankees rotation as soon as next season, if not 2015…. There will be bumps ahead as well, so we better understand the nature of the beast

  31. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    luis, fly in ;).

    When he’s on like that, he doesn’t even need that third pitch (threw maybe a couple of changeups all day). I can’t wait to see him on Thursday. Probably won’t be as on as today, but even in his last start, when he BB’d six, just very hard to square this guy up and then the curve is just nasty.

    The folks here want to take a run to Bent Spoon, so I’m out for a while.

    What an inspirational day for the Yanks.

  32. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Take care JAP…. Have a good one…I’ll be later on if all goes well

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Chad just got a shout out from Jack Curry!!!

  34. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Hopefully Andy brings the broom along with him… A sweep would be a boost, coupled with a Sox loss and Tampa’s or the A’s loss… If very frustrating to depend on how others perform

  35. PittsburghYankeeFan August 31st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Too little too late for the Yankees. Had they had this lineup in early July, they’d be in contention. Still, if they sweep the O’s and take at least 2 from Boston, we’ll see. A very outside chance at the second WC. Please, oh please take Hughes out of the rotation.

    Meanwhile, here in Pittsburgh I’m going tomorrow to the Cards game. They have the Cards number this year, especially with Liriano. They added Marlon Byrd and today Justin Morneau.

    If their starting pitching holds up (a big if, since Jeff Locke and Gerritt Cole seem to have hit the rookie wall), they may have some legs in the playoffs.

    Yankees struggling to make the playoff and the Pirates a potential WS contender? Has the world gone to pieces? Are pigs flying?

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    LOVE those A T& T commercials.

    :)

  37. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Nova did exactly what I was hoping he do today.

    Same great stuff with excellent command.

    Only 1 walk.

    Way to go !

    :)

  38. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Before I go… Even as this game went on… I still think that this was Nova’s second best start

  39. 4 NYY August 31st, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    4 NYY,

    His makeup has always been of the charts… His problems were mechanical mostly… Those at some point get in your head…But once the problem was solved, his confidence is back… If given some patience with him, he will probably anchor the Yankees rotation as soon as next season, if not 2015…. There will be bumps ahead as well, so we better understand the nature of the beast

    I still say the CB has done it for him. He couldn’t locate his FB much of the time and he got it hammered. Guys fly all over the place, but if they locate and have the stuff to go with it, they’re successful. That’s why successful pitchers that don’t have the “form” you would like to see are not messed with. Kind of like Ichiro’s hitting style, not one you would teach to anyone.
    Never underestimate what confidence does for a player.

  40. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Nova was always my horse, never Hughes.

  41. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Comandante MTU ;) ,

    Please hold that thought…. This kid is the real thing

  42. jlyanks85 August 31st, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    PittsburghYankeefan, if we sweep then O’s we gain on either Oakland or Tampa. Could be 3.5 out of 2nd WC if they lose today. We still are very much in the WC race with a month to go. Will we catch them? Don’t know, but we still have a shot.

    You are right though about the lineup. We probably would be where Boston is now, if we had a actual lineup all season.

  43. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Luis-

    Never doubted the stuff or the makeup just the mechanics and the ability to remain consistent.

    Not quite sure who got hold of him this time in the Minors but it has made an appreciable difference.

    Wonder if it was Patterson or Aldred ?

    His repertoire has been simplified and made truly effective.

    He uses the sinking FB and Curve combo keeping hitters honest with an ocassional 4-seamer.

    He reminds me of a better version of CMW right now.

    I still want to see him do this for a whole season.

    Hope he can.

  44. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    4 NYY,

    You know why? Because he had a completely different arm slot for the CB than the rest of his pitches… I always said on game threads that he needed to throw the CB because it helped him mechanically… What I think they did on triple A was move the arm slot of the FB and other pitches closer to where the arm slot of the CB is and voila! we have an ace… Since his FB is more over the top than it used to be his landing is more balanced and has more sink and late movement, so instead of seeing those FB float back in to the heart of the plate, they sink and disappear from it.

  45. Jesus Bustero August 31st, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I don’t want to get ahead here but I did say I wouldn’t get excited until the Yankees vaulted past KC, CLE and SHOWALT. Well….

    Here we are.

    3.5 or 4.0 games back on September 1st is doable.

    But we really really need TB to tank.

  46. PittsburghYankeeFan August 31st, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Almost time to think about next year for the Y’s:

    My money says that MLB offers Alex an 81 game suspension (half year) before the case gets to the arbitrator. Alex takes it. Yankees get Alex for the rest of 2014 (he’s still decent) and get to save $13 million as well (since they don’t pay his salary during the suspension).

    This makes the Yankee 2014 committed payroll about $75 million for 2014. They have about $100 million to spend. Cano takes $20 million, and that leaves $80 million. There’s a lot you can do with $80 million. Yes, you have a gazillion holes, but still.

  47. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    MTU,

    He still uses the CU and slider… Some of those so-called breaking balls are sliders… Notice that the velo on some is around 83-84 ( slider ), while the CB is around 78-81… But yeah, his bread and bitter are the sinker and the CB… Being the CB his best pitch, it always was

  48. luis August 31st, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    *His bread and butter* should say

  49. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Luis-

    He should stick to the curve sinker combo with an a 4-seamer every now and then for good measure.

    His ability to induce DP’s and get K’s when he needs them are what has made him what he is now.

    It’s raised his whole game to another level.

    He walked 6 Rays last time and still limited the damage to 2 runs.

    How ?

    Lot’s of DP’s.

    Today he walked 1 and almost threw a no-no.

  50. mnmboys August 31st, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    We should all be rooting for an A’s sweep. It’s easier to catch Tampa when we have games remaining against them.

  51. MTU August 31st, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    New post ——->

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