The New York Yankees need starting pitchers. CC Sabathia hasn’t been at his best this year, Andy Pettitte has been on and off and Phil Hughes has been downright terrible. Hiroki Kuroda is the only starter who’s had any sort of consistency on the mound. Ivan Nova hasn’t been great, but I think he’s a better option than a lot of the 4 and 5 spot guys the Yankees are considering.
Nova pitched very well today, going six and two thirds and surrendering three runs while striking out seven and walking three. He was tagged with the loss, but that had more to do with New York’s lack of offense than it did with Nova’s performance. In addition, he’s just two years removed from a 16-win season, and he’s pitched decently enough thus far. Why not give him a chance?
It’s not like he can do worse than Phil Hughes has done. Hughes has been the definition of inconsistency, having bad starts followed by great starts followed by bad starts. He has a 5.09 ERA this season, while Nova has a 4.91. It’s not much better, but it is better. In addition, Nova has just one fewer win in nine fewer starts and owns a superior win percentage.
No, Ivan Nova hasn’t been great for the Yankees this season. However, he’s a better 4 or 5 starter than any other guys on the roster now.