With Ivan Nova out for the season and Hiroki Kuroda surrendering eight runs to the Angels last night, the Yankees seem to believe they’re in trouble. They have yet to be swept this season, but they’re in danger of losing the series at home. The Yankees have won the last five home series against the Angels, going 15-7 overall at the New Yankee Stadium against them, and it will be up to Vidal Nuno, who is making an extended stay in the rotation, to give the Yankees a chance to extend that streak by leading them to a win.
“It’s an opportunity,” Nuno said. “Trying to pitch every five days is a dream come true. But now it’s back to business and trying to help the team win.”
In four starts for the Yankees, Nuno is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA and he’s facing a team he’s never faced before. Usually, the pitcher has the advantage but with the potent Angels lineup who leads the Major Leagues with 35 home runs, no one has the upper hand. Regardless, Nuno is positive he can navigate the Angels lineup and find a way to keep the Yankees in the game. He was able to navigate the Tampa Bay Rays lineup, throwing five scoreless innings his last time out–this shouldn’t be all that different.
“It’s a big step,” Nuno said. “It’s trying to stick, trying to produce and trying to get people out.