Via Pete Caldera -
Manager Joe Girardi clearly was dissatisfied by Ivan Nova’s lack of aggression in Saturday night’s no-decision, and the right-hander might have a loose grip on his rotation spot. Girardi said Nova would take his next turn Friday at Anaheim, though Nova should fix the wildness he displayed in his 3 2/3-inning start at Safeco Field.
“He has the ability to do it. He’s just not doing it,” Girardi said, noting that Nova was a predictable two-pitch pitcher Saturday without any command of his curveball. “At times he looks very, very good for us. And then at times he’s had trouble throwing strikes.” In his past four starts, Nova is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA.
During those 18 2/3 innings, he’s yielded 30 hits and eight walks. Is that a sign of regression? “I guess we’ll have a better idea after his next start,” Girardi said. Meanwhile, ex-Cubs veteran right-hander Carlos Silva is starting at Class AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre and soon might be an option.
I’ve found it interesting to watch Nova. There’s nothing about him that screams future star. But, I believe that he could be a useful major league pitcher and is merely dealing with the learning curve that most young pitchers have to navigate when they first make the big leagues. He’s never going to be Ramon Martinez or Joaquin Andujar. But, there’s no reason why he can’t be Nino Espinosa or Hipolito Pichardo. Of course, if the Yankees think he should be a star and not a joureyman, then his time here will be short.