Coming off his first truly bad start in more than two months, Ivan Nova gets the ball again tonight in the Yankees latest must-win game down the stretch.
“I wouldn’t make too much of (the last start),” Joe Girardi said. “That’s probably the biggest thing is he can’t make too much of his last outing. Turn the page.”
That’s what Nova said he’s done these past four days. He did nothing different in his between-starts routine. He didn’t try to fix some major mechanical flaw or come up with some significant change to his approach. He was terrific for two months, lasted just four innings against the Red Sox, and now he’ll try to be terrific again against the Orioles.
“I think if I was throwing my curveball for a strike that day, it could be a totally different game,” Nova said. “But I couldn’t throw it for a strike and they knew it. … You need to get a lot of focus in a game like that. I try to be focused all the time I go out there, but those days especially (in big games) you really have to stay in the game and do your best. It’s not easy. It’s not easy. Not even in a game that we are ahead, it’s a never easy. You need to put a lot of work into it. A lot of emotions, a lot of things going on. You just try to compete. You just want to be the best out there.”
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