Ever since becoming a starter again, New York Yankees starting right-hander Ivan Nova has solidified his spot on the team. He’s been incredibly impressive over his last five starts, and has been New York’s steadiest starter next to Hiroki Kuroda during that stretch.
Just take a look at the numbers: Nova hasn’t surrendered more than three runs in any of his last five starts, and his ERA has gone down to a season-low 3.41. That’s a better mark than that of teammates Phil Hughes, C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte.
Unfortunately, Nova hasn’t gotten the kind of run support from his offense that would give him wins. He lost yesterday because the offense got shut out and the start before that, the Yankees’ offense put up another zero.
If Nova continues to pitch this well, I think that the Yankees should consider moving him up in the rotation next year. Of course, I’m not saying Nova is better than Sabathia, but I think he’s earned more starts than the four or five starter gets. Nova had 16 wins two years ago, and had a decent 12 last year. In addition, he’d probably have many more this year if not for his aforementioned lack of run support.
Nova has proven himself this year, and it’s about time the Yankees reward him with a more high-leverage spot int he rotation.