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.