Nova held the hard-hitting Blue Jays to just three hits, two earned runs and while fanning four. Nova did walk two batters, but one of the walks was intentional to keep Jose Bautista’s bat silenced, as he leads the Majors with 38 home-runs and better to be safe than sorry.
Nova pitched seven solid innings, winning his 11th game in a row and that is all manager Joe Girardi could wish for before handing the lead over to the bullpen.
Not only did Nova get another ‘W’ but also he continues to verify his dependability. The rookie is 16-0 when the Yankee bats get him a lead and that number looks to only get better.
For any team rolling into the playoffs Nova’s evenness is precisely what you would want and need to see. Especially considering the first-round of the playoffs consists of that insufferable and killer five game series that hardly permits for mistakes.
In my eyes Nova has rendered himself postseason reliable to follow behind ace CC Sabathia, but that is all contingent on the Yankees earning a playoff berth first.
While Nova appears to have fallen from heaven, the Yankees are still in need of a solid third arm to complete this three-headed monster.
Go with Hughes? Trust Burnett? Maybe stick with experience using Colon or Garcia?
Only time will tell, but once again I will repeat the Yankees have to earn a spot first but nothing wrong with preparing ahead.
Overall, the 2011 starting rotation has held up longer than anyone could have guessed. I mean who could have predicted that Bartolo Colon and Freddie Garcia would be such assets. These two “washed up” veterans came up huge when the team was injury ridden, and even though both Garcia and Colon have spent some time on the DL, they have certainly earned their paychecks and then some.
Without a doubt, the Yankees still suffer from lingering questions but Nova unquestionably gave his answer to one of them last night. It is the perfect time to breed some new life into the Yankees going ahead.
- Surging Yankees edge Blue Jays (theglobeandmail.com)
- MLB: The Yankees and Joe Girardi Are Delusional About Phil Hughes (bleacherreport.com)
- A-Rod, Tex sit out series opener vs. Jays (mlb.mlb.com)
- They’ll take away something from this visit (boston.com)
- Nova shuts down Jays, Yanks win 3-2 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Nova stars for undermanned Yankees (cbc.ca)
- Yanks’ pitching is their biggest problem (msn.foxsports.com)
- One more chance for A.J. (nypost.com)