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Postgame notes: Nova worried about tipping pitches in Boston

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova, Chris Stewart

Pretty easy to make a case that Ivan Nova’s previous start in Boston was his worst of the year. It was a huge game for the Yankees, who were desperate to avoid a sweep, and Nova fell flat. With five days to think about it, Nova went to video to try to find a reason for the letdown.

He came away thinking he might have been tipping pitches based on glove placement.

“Sometimes you put it like this (sideways), sometimes you put it like that (straight up and down),” Nova said. “You don’t try to stay in one position. I don’t know if that was the problem, but I was watching the video and sometimes I do (change the glove) a little bit.”

After working in the bullpen to make sure his pitches stay hidden, Nova delivered a complete game shutout this afternoon. It was his second of the year, and it came in another game the Yankees desperately needed to win.

“Could have been (tipping pitches in Boston),” catcher Chris Stewart said. “They were spitting on some good pitches. But he also threw a lot more strikes today, it felt like, and he was attacking the hitter a lot more. I think that was the difference. That’s why he threw so well today. Whether they knew what was coming in Boston or not, who knows, but hopefully we get a chance to play them in the playoffs and he gets a chance to redeem himself.”

Nova got 14 ground ball outs today (he took full advantage of Brendan Ryan’s sparkling defense). He also went all nine innings on just 108 pitches, suggesting he economical and effective, getting the Giants to hit into outs rather than letting them foul off pitches and extend at-bats. Joe Girardi talked about his fastball location, and Stewart raved about his ability to throw the curveball for strikes.

Tipping pitches might have been the problem in Boston. Might also be that Nova simply pitched a better game this afternoon.

“I was throwing strikes and working inside on righties and lefties,” Nova said. “I was making them swing early. Doing that, I threw strikes. I made my defense work. … I don’t really have to go out there and strike out everybody. I get the quick outs, so I kept pitching that way.”

Alfonso Soriano, Eduardo Nunez• The Rays have already won today and the Orioles have lost. That means the Yankees have jumped ahead of Baltimore in the wild card standings, and they’ll gain a game on either Kansas City or Texas (they play each other tonight). A Cleveland loss to Houston would help. “We have to win ballgames regardless of what they’re doing,” Stewart said. “We have to take care of business out here on the field. If other teams want to help us out, that’s fine, but we’ve got to take care of business first.”

• Hard to think anyone predicted this sort of impact from Alfonso Soriano. He has 17 home runs and 50 RBI since joining the Yankees. He’s had 35 RBI in just 26 games at Yankee Stadium since the trade. “We are sure thankful to have it,” Girardi said. “He’s been special since he’s got here, and provided a lot of punch in our lineup and some really good protection for Robbie.”

• The Robertson Cano factor, Soriano said, is a big one. “I’m not the only guy that they have to throw a nasty pitch (against),” Soriano said. “They have three or four more guys in the lineup. They have to work hard with those guys too, so that gives me more concentration and more pitches to hit because (of) those guys. (Pitchers) get tired when they have to face too many because they’re facing Alex and Cano before me.”

• Soriano is one of only five players all time to have at least 50 RBI with two different teams in one season. The others: Matt Holliday (2009-OAK/STL), Manny Ramirez (2008-BOS/LAD), Carlos Beltran (2004-KC/HOU), and David Justice (2000-CLE/NYY).

• Eduardo Nunez also went deep today, his first home runs since August 7, snapping a 108-at-bat homerless stretch. It was his first home run at Yankee Stadium since September 15, 2012, more than a year ago.

Eduardo Nunez• Another hit for Brendan Ryan, but that’s hardly what stands out about his game. He had another terrific day in the field, especially on a play to his left going behind second base and making a flip to Cano covering. “We were pretty aware of what he was defensively,” Girardi said. “We had seen it against ourselves enough times that we were pretty aware. He had quite a day.”

• This was the Yankees 10th shutout win of the season, their most in one year since 2008. Each of the Yankees past three shutouts have been started and won by Nova.

• Nova joins Hiroki Kuroda in 2012 and Mike Mussina in 2005, 2002 and 2001 (when he had three) as the only Yankees with multiple complete-game shutouts in one season since the start of 1999.

• More from Stewart on Nova’s start: “He was able to throw his curveball for strikes, get them to respect that. Then when he throws one in the dirt, they’re going to chase because they have to respect the curveball for a strike. I think that’s a difference maker when he throwing that in the strike zone. His two-seamer in the strike zone kind of keeps them off balance and he’s able to get a lot of early contact, ground ball outs.

• The Yankees have scored 11 runs and hit four home runs in theirs past two games. They combined to score just nine runs with one homer in their previous five games.

• Final word goes to Soriano: “If we play like we played last night and today, we can win all seven games that are left. But we try not to put too much pressure on us. Just play one game at a time like we played today. Come back tomorrow with the same energy and try to win tomorrow.”

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71 Responses to “Postgame notes: Nova worried about tipping pitches in Boston”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 21st, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Dear Yankees,

    Please bring Brendan Ryan back next season.

    Thank you.

    Trisha

    O and O – over and out for the evening, or at least a good part of it.

    :)

  2. GregD September 21st, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I was at the Stadium today…..Brendan Ryan is a defensive wizard……his play only saved a run or two

  3. Hankflorida September 21st, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Does a team need offense? Of course a team needs some offense. But it needs pitching even more

    Trisha, no one can dispute your statement as this has been the nature of the game especially with the figure that pitching is 90% of baseball; your concept of some offense coupled with good pitching worked with the Brooklyn Dodgers as they gave up their power bats when they moved to Chavez Ravine, but in “the House that Ruth built,” you need guys who can hit those routine fly balls to right field that just get over the wall, and the perfect example is that look on Mo’s face when he gave up the tying run to Mike Napoli on a good pitch over the outside corner.

  4. GregD September 21st, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    His play alone ……

  5. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Yankees win, Yankees win! Please live enough to bury ferret Farrell!

    jmills – Dave Stieb is upon my shoulder, so watch out! :)

  6. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    GregD, as a Yankee fan, you’re doing you’re dad proud. Up here our small corporation has a lawyer from New York who looks after our best interest; he resides in Uxbridge where the great Glenn Gould spent his summer time.

  7. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I think I’m a reasonable human being ( on my good days ), but what John Farrell did jumping ship on Toronto after they were the ones who gave him his first manager break is beyond comprehension – hope you like the rats in Fenway, John.

  8. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Back in ’77, I had to pick a team that could win; I loved my Jays no doubt, Gwen, but still there was the race to think about. My friend Barry chose the O’s ( not a bad choice given the pitching ). Me, I adorned a Yankees hat. I was lucky enough to run home after school to witness Dent in ’78.

  9. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Where is everybody? Don’t make me go singing about, ” where’d you go Joe Dimagio?, a nation raised its lonely eyes to you “

  10. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Shania Twain and lionel Ritchie singing, ” Endless Love “? I don’t know, I’m still waiting for the Bryan Adams version, or,….the Ryan Adams version. Granted, I don’t think this is Rush territory.

  11. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    How did the Hot Chile Peppers get in the hall prior to Yes etc ? I think the mere fact defines, disgrace.

  12. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    http://r19—sn-tt17rn7k.c.....&mv=m

  13. mnmboys September 21st, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I am going to the game tomorrow. I may have to bring a box of tissues with me. Last time I see Mo and Andy in person unless a miracle happens and they make the postseason.

  14. tucker September 21st, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Tough crowd, jmills. As if Alex Lifeson started his La Villa Strangiato solo out of key. The crowds headed for the exits.

  15. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Mnmboys, certainly you must, enjoy the game!

  16. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Tucker, hi, Alex struggled with La Villa? Let’s face it, to do the song proud at the best of times is a tough feat. Lifeson is a wonderful player.

  17. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Alex lifeson always conversed how he appreciated rhythm vs lead guitar. Back in ’84 I thought it was ever so funny how he mentioned Ultravox as one of his favourite bands.

  18. tucker September 21st, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    That is a tough song for anyone, no doubt … And a more artful song than YYZ.

  19. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Many bands have two guitarists – lead and rhythm – Lifeson holds up both.

  20. tucker September 21st, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Lifeson’s role certainly downshifted during the synthesizer years … Geddy is masterfully switching between keyboards, bass and vocals. Peart a master. Then Alex, whose solos occupied less and less territory. You are right, though. He is a fine player.

  21. mnmboys September 21st, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Indians and Rangers not cooperating so far tonight…..

  22. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Tucker, I go back to La Villa Strangiato ( the strange city ) again and again. Thank you, Alex!

  23. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Lifeson is the teddy bear in, Rush.

  24. rl15 September 21st, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Watching Game 6 of the 96 Series. Girardi just got his triple followed by Jete’s RBI. That was a a team better than its numbers.

  25. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    My first Rush concert – Maple Leaf Gardens 1984 September – Grace Under Pressure.( I still have the ticket ). My right ear hurt for five days on end.

  26. yankinvegas September 21st, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Just finished reading Madden and Raissman’s Sunday columns. Madden has wanted to write this one ever since George got sick and he was not being leaked stories anymore. On and on he went about the bad farm system and how great the Red Sox are.
    I think that the farm is a lot better than all these NY writers, who never see any of these guys play and rely on conversations with scouts FROM OTHER TEAMS who refuse to go on the record.
    Did any of you see Madden on SNY yesterday when he was called into the studio for an unscheduled appearance to discuss Pettitte? He looked like he had just off of a bar stool and he kept talking about was HGH.
    As for Raissman, more nonsense about TV ratings and John Sterling.
    I find it utterly amazing that the largest circulation newspaper in NY completely hats the Yankees. Lupica, Madden, Harper, Raissman, the new guy Martino. The paper is in bed with SNY. They all must be waiting for the Mets to make the playoffs 17 times in 18 years.

  27. tomingeorgia September 21st, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    A.J. throwing killer curves tonight. Score is 2-2 in the 3rd. Go Pirates!

  28. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Tom, there’s always tomorrow, today!

  29. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    As much as I’m on side with, Rush, ” American Woman “, is the best Canuck song ever conspired.

  30. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Ummmm, I guess we better put, ” The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald ” in that category.

  31. tomingeorgia September 21st, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    When William Penn settled Pennsylvania and came to Philadelphia with his family, his father’s sisters opened a bakery. They sold apple, blueberry and pumpkin pies, but the business failed because of the high prices they asked. The population rebelled against the pie rates of Penn’s aunts.

  32. JCPD September 21st, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    tomingeorgia September 21st, 2013 at 8:14 pm
    When William Penn settled Pennsylvania and came to Philadelphia with his family, his father’s sisters opened a bakery. They sold apple, blueberry and pumpkin pies, but the business failed because of the high prices they asked. The population rebelled against the pie rates of Penn’s aunts.

    CLASSIC tom!!

  33. tucker September 21st, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I actually find Raissman’s columns entertaining …

    Sterling may have endeared himself to some with his signature HR calls, but it’s getting to the point that either he can’t see well enough or just doesn’t pay attention. His calls are frankly embarrassing. I listen to quite a few radio casts thru the MLB at bat app, and the Yanks radiocast just doesn’t match the quality of the Yanks franchise. Time for a change.

  34. tomingeorgia September 21st, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    JCPD,
    Not only is it classic, I learned that pun 60 years ago!

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock September 21st, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Nova tipping pitches against Boston would explain how they were able to sit fastball all day, but his location and depth on the curve was not there all game long. The combination, together with his fastball being up, made for a nightmare outing.

    Whatever the problems have been (triceps), he didn’t miss a beat today; curve was devastating and also irresistible, sinker was there for him all day.

    Groundballs and Ks, that’s our Vato, warms a fan’s heart.

  36. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Alfred, hello, hope all is well in your land.

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock September 21st, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Hey j, good evening to you and Ms. Plath :D .

  38. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    If the Jays never win another WS, who cares!?!!! I beat Philly! :)

  39. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Its Mr.Plath to you, sir! :D

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock September 21st, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Kept man, eh? Whatever helps the garden grow :D

  41. pete2 September 21st, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I watch a lot of Red Sox games and certain hitters always seem to know whats coming at Fenway, especially this year, and not so much on the road. Not sure if they have someone in the bleachers or on the monster seats tipping location, or someone with a wireless transmitter watching on TV that gives location to players wearing a receiver strapped to his leg (1 buzz for inside, 2 for outside). Farrell managed for the Blue Jays who have longed been thought to do something similar.

    Of course, the Red Sox are a good hitting team and the Giants among the worst hitting teams, so it could be the Giants just making CC and Nova look good like the Yankees hitters made the Blue Jays pitchers look good.

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock September 21st, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    pete2, Boston’s a patient team and The Giants aren’t an offensive powerhouse, but Nova’s stuff was first-rate today.

    The game I was at in the Bronx, he had nothing at all; not location, no tailing action or sink on the fastball, and the curve was either slurvy or it was just not even remotely in the strike zone. You and I could have laid off that pitch.

  43. YanksPats September 21st, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    John Sterling is the best thing about the current state of the Yankees organization.

  44. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Alfred,…..yep.

  45. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    ” The searchers all say they’d made Whitefish Bay if they put 15 miles more behind her. “

  46. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    ” In a musty all hall – Superior never gives up her dead ”

    ” In the big lake they call…

    ” The ship was the proud of the American side “

  47. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    At 7 pm, a main hatchway gave in :(

  48. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    *** was the pride ***-sorry

  49. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    ” When the gales of, November, ‘cum early! ” :)

  50. TheStraw September 21st, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    “All the world’s indeed a stage…
    We are merely players
    performers and Portrayers
    Each another’s audience, outside the gilded cage”

  51. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    ” Does amyone know where the love of god goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours? “

  52. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    ” Anyone ” – crap!!!

  53. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    The Straw, thanks for the Rush reference. ” All the World’s a Stage ” is indeed an ever so refined live offering.

  54. Your Name Here September 21st, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    hope you like the rats in Fenway, John.

    ————-

    Rats or THE Rat (#13) left Fenway last week with its tail between its legs. Beaten to a pulp.

  55. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Your name here says, thanks,…. I think.

  56. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    ” Take a long holiday “

  57. GregD September 21st, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Just got back from seeing DeNiro in “The Family” at Linclon Square…..funny movie

  58. Kevin Not That Kevin Brown September 21st, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Chad! If you’re reading this, contact Yankees’ P.R. because guess who is in town playing a concert tonight: Metallica! Someone should track them down and get them to the Stadium tomorrow for Mo’s last home game!

    From the Deadline.com website: Film distributor Picturehouse is putting the members of Metallica on the road to greet audiences next week when the distributor opens the 3D pic ‘Metallica Through The Never.’ The band plays together tonight (Sat.) at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. I don’t know their plans tomorrow, but it would be a shame if they don’t head to nearby Yankees Stadium for the team’s farewell ceremony for Mariano Rivera, who is as identified with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” anthem as he is for his unhittable cut fastball.

  59. jmills September 21st, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Some time ago, I looked at, Heather Nova, and she looked at me, on Yonge St., about – ’95.

  60. jacksquat September 21st, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Gonna have to sweep the Rays, I was hoping that wouldn’t be absolutely necessary.

  61. jacksquat September 21st, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Unless Cleveland and Texas both tank.

  62. jacksquat September 21st, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    They must skip the Hughes/Huff start also.

  63. tbone1570 September 22nd, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Kevin Not That Kevin Brown September 21st, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Chad! If you’re reading this, contact Yankees’ P.R. because guess who is in town playing a concert tonight: Metallica!
    ***************************************

    You’re kidding, right?

  64. GregD September 22nd, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Going to the stadium today to say good bye to Mo………….we will miss him

  65. austinmac September 22nd, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Greg,

    Enjoy the day. Let’s hope for a well pitched game by Andy closed by Mo.

  66. tomingeorgia September 22nd, 2013 at 8:07 am

    austin,
    Is anyone but YES broadcasting the pre-game ceremonies?

  67. Tidrow September 22nd, 2013 at 8:07 am

    If you thought the Rivera tribute by Red Sox was the ultimate in class here’s another instance where that team shows what it considers appropriate behavior….http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....1;mlb.html

  68. austinmac September 22nd, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I hope MLB is covering it, but I don’t know. This would be a wonderful day to be there.

  69. austinmac September 22nd, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Tom,

    TBS is covering the game so they may have some of the ceremony or at least they will show some replays, I presume.

  70. yankeefeminista September 22nd, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I’m heading to the Bronx to celebrate our two great Yankees! Enjoy the ceremony and game, Yankee people!

    Go Lefty! Go Mo! Go Yanks!

  71. GregD September 22nd, 2013 at 9:03 am

    austinmac September 22nd, 2013 at 8:00 am
    Greg,

    Enjoy the day. Let’s hope for a well pitched game by Andy closed by Mo.
    ———
    Thanks, I will………. :)


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