Who the heck is Jose Bautista? He went from scrub to the right handed version of early 00′s David Ortiz. In any event, he was the story of this one and took over the game completely with his 2 homers, one being the game winner off of Robertson.
This was a tough loss. Nova pitched extremely well in his first start, flashing some pretty good stuff in the process. He was hitting 96-97 with good frequency on the fastball, (dropping down to 92-93 at times) had a nice change-up and a hammer breaking ball (12-6 variety that was pretty good aside from the Bautista homer). I would like to see the Yanks give him the ball again soon because Nova has the tools that could not only help the rotation down the stretch, but perhaps allow him to sneak on the post season roster and make an impact from the bullpen.
The offense really let Nova down last night. Anytime you’ve got a young arm coming up from the minors to make a start, and they give you nearly 6 innings of 2 run ball, that’s a game that you have to win. What did the offense do? Strike out, mostly. Aside from Cano (and the Posada double), the offense looked pretty pedestrian last night (granted it was the D lineup).
Even worse, Tampa and Boston both pick up a game on the Yanks with the Rays now being tied for first. The best thing you can take out of this is that Nova at the very least looks like he can help the team. Wonder who signed that guy?