When Ivan Nova was a prospect coming up through the Yankees system, he was never highly touted. A lot of that was due to his not so spectacular stats through the minors and his lack of a plus pitch. However, he was always praised by scouts who loved the poise he showed out on the mound.
Perhaps that is because he thinks he’s the best pitcher in the world.
“If you ask me, who is the best pitcher in the world, I say me,” Nova told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “You have to believe that. That’s why you win so many games.”
Nova has been indeed winning a ton of games. He was sent down to the minors in July last season and since he has been recalled he has been a winning machine. Nova is now a perfect 11-0 in 14 games since being recalled last July 30th with a 3.30 ERA, a 6.5 K/9 and a 2.1 BB/9 in 92.2 innings.
As a comparrison, CC Sabathia has a 5-3 record with a 4.40 ERA over the same span. Although The Big Man seems to be getting unlucky as he has maintained a strong 9.8 K/9 and a 2.3 BB/9 over that same period. Still, with Nova performing at a much more consistent pace during that time it isn’t hard to see why he considers himself so good.