Nova’s up and down season continues

This is just Ivan Nova‘s second full season in the majors and like most young pitchers he has dealt with a fair amount of inconsistency this year.

For most of April and May he was entirely too hittable as he posted a 5.60 ERA with a 8.3 K/9, a 2.9 BB/9 and batters hit a MVP-like .313/.371/.587 against him.

He then went on an impressive 10 game run where he had a 2.62 ERA, a 7.7 K/9, and a 3.0 BB/9 while holding batters to a much more managable .241/.305/.406 line.

Unfortunately he seems like he’s at the start of another one of his bad runs as he has posted a 10.57 ERA, 8.8 K/9, a 4.1 BB/9, and batters have once again gone back to MVP like numbers against him, .354/.419/.554, over his last three starts.

It’s getting to the point where Joe Girardi may have to seriously consider removing him from the rotation, if only for a few starts, to get him straight again. Last season it took a demotion to Triple-A to give him a kick in the pants. Perhaps that’s something he needs this year as well.

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One Response to Nova’s up and down season continues

  1. Matt_DC says:

    The Yankees need to get him straightened out. If there are further setbacks in Pettitte's recovery then it's between Nova and Freddy for the #4 postseason starter.

    If they sent him to AAA who would take his place? Phelps would need to be stretched out again. Would they try Adam Warren again or sign old Ramon Ortiz to a major league contract?

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