Yankees- Do They Have a Super Nova or a Super Bust?

Jun 22, 2011


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By Jeff P.
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Ivan Nova had one of the most dominant starts of his career on Monday. He turned a huge hitters’ park into a pitchers’ park.
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Nova didn’t look like himself giving up one run over eight innings. He struck out seven to shut down the Reds. He didn’t even give up a walk—an obvious sign of improvement.
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Russell Martin told the AP, “It looked like he felt confident even though he had to battle in the first inning. After that, it looked like a piece of cake for him. Even after he got behind in the count, he wasn’t afraid to go after them.”
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After Nova’s eight innings, two relievers came in and they had some trouble keeping up Nova’s gem before Mariano Rivera came in and easily got his 18th save of the season.
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Before his gem, Nova was having trouble getting past the sixth inning. So what does this mean?
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It looks like to me that once Nova overcomes the first five or six innings, he gains confidence which leads him through a smooth performance.
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Since the beginning of June, he has been better than ever. He is 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA for the month. Since the beginning of May he’s 6-1 with a 3.51 ERA.
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Is the poised Yankee rookie ready to go to the next level?
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