In his first match-up, New York Yankees rookie pitcher Ivan Nova will take on the Minnesota Twins. Technically, it is not Nova’s first time pitching in the Bronx, but it is his debut as the official fourth starter in the 2011 pitching rotation.
Nova popped up mid-pennant race last season for seven starts; he posted a 1-2 record, a 4.50 ERA, striking out 26, over 42 innings pitched. He walked 17 batters and allowed 21 earn runs, but Nova’s overall performance wasn’t as bad as the stats make it seem. Still, the Nova from last year would not have been named as the Yankees fourth starter.
The Oakland Athletics (A’s) biggest headline last season was when New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez took a jog over the pitching mound at The Coliseum on his way back to the visitor’s dugout, and SP Dallas Braden through a temper tantrum. The A’s finished up the 2010 season at 81-81, a vast improvement from seasons [...]
Free agent pitcher and ex-Baltimore Oriole Kevin Millwood is back or never left the New York Yankees radar. According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post the Yankees attended a showcase for pitcher Kevin Millwood on Wednesday at UC-Irvine, according to a source. Early in the winter, Millwood rejected a minor league offer from the [...]
After a disappointing finish in 2010 season, New York Yankees pitcher AJ Burnett knew what he has to do. When Burnett first came to New York in 2009 from the Toronto Blue Jays he delivered, posting a 4.04 ERA, eating 207 innings and 195 strikeouts in the regular season. He followed by making 5 postseason [...]
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman claimed 25-year-old Brian Schlitter, a relief pitcher, off waivers this week from the Chicago Cubs. Schlitter made seven appearances out of the bullpen in 2010 for the Cubs. Over his eight innings of work, Schlitter posted a terrible 12.37 ERA, giving up 18 hits, 11 earned runs, allowed two [...]
The Tampa Bay Rays have a line-up that can hit the ball, steal bases and score runs. So do the New York Yankees. Pitching had the biggest role in the first series against the Rays, which the Yankees won two for three games. Let’s look at the pitching match-ups for the two games, in this [...]