On Saturday afternoon in the heat of the Bronx, the Yankees lost to the Oakland A’s 4-3, after slaughtering them the night before 17-7 and closing out the series winning the rubber game on Sunday 7-5. At the start of the series, YES’s Michal Kay called the Athletics “offensively anemic,” which was the most accurate [...]
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.
Every baseball season I have the same thought running through my head: ‘Why are the middle relievers basically the yes or no for any MLB team?’ It is the first topic addressed by media, managers and fans alike. These ‘middle-men’ are the talk of baseball and for a position with no recognition compared to the starting pitcher or the closer. The [...]