Nova Shuts ‘Em Down Again

June 21, 2011 – 1:21 pm

Ivan NovaNYY 5, Cincinnati 3.

  • Ivan Nova is quietly becoming the biggest story of the Yankee pitching rotation this year. He dominated the Reds easily, going eight innings and giving up just one run on four hits. And what was really impressive was seven K’s without a single walk, and 70% of his pitches in the strike zone. Just throw strikes, seems so easy. Nova started out the season a bit wobbly, going 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in April. But then in May he went 4-2 with a 3.90 ERA, and so far in June he’s 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA. Not bad for someone who started the season in the five slot in the rotation.
  • Thank you Joe Girardi for making the ninth inning interesting. I can understand pulling Nova, as he was at the mythical 100-pitch limit, and eight innings marked his longest outing yet. And you certainly don’t want to risk a complete game going to his young head. So bringing in Luis Ayala is fine — but if you are going to bring him in, let him do his job, don’t pull him after one frigging batter! Sheez, he’s gone 1+ innings in his last eight appearances without giving up a run and over his last fourteen games he’s been scored on only once. Just let him finish out the inning, or at least wait until he’s given up a run or a couple of hits before you pull him.
  • What is the deal with the Yankee base running this year? Andruw Jones’ blunder in the third was just yet another in a long series of boneheaded mistakes they keep making on the base paths. And you would have thought that would have put the Yankee runners on alert for at least the remainder of the game, but no — an inning later Eduardo Nunez gets caught snoozing at first base. This is little league stuff — Girardi needs to find a way to put a stop to it immediately. Fine the players, yank them from the game, have a closed-door meeting, do something Joe!

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