Results for tag: Ivan Nova
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 6, 2011 at 12:24:01 AM

Everyone has dates in history they recall for certain reasons. For the international scouting department of the Yankees, it is fair to say they might have memories of the following dates:

January 5, 2001, July 15, 2004 and July 2, 2006.

Those are random dates and perhaps even somebody you know has that as their birthday. Those dates also represent when Robinson Cano, Ivan Nova and Jesus Montero became part of the Yankee organization in the international signing market.

Cano was the first to sign, becoming a Yankee on the first day of 2001 as the Yankees were three-time defending champions. That day several other players signed as free agents, including Bobby Bonilla, who signed a deal with the Cardinals that lasted 93 games.

Nova was second to become a Yankee, signing on the first Thursday

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 2, 2011 at 01:21:11 AM

Other than a relief appearance April 19 in Toronto, various circumstances gave Ivan Nova 11 days between starts. That meant between April 15 and 26, Nova had nearly two weeks to receive coaching, guidance and encouragement from pitching coach Larry Rothchild.

Based on the results and the amount of curveballs successfully thrown in those two starts, you have to wonder if Rothchild channeled his Christopher Walken and at some point said "I could have used a little more curveball or I got a fever and the only prescription is more curveball."

Rothchild probably encouraged it, but possibly not to that extent. Whatever extent he encouraged it, using the pitch obviously worked in these last two starts and is a significant reason for Nova pitching 6 1/3 innings in the last two starts against

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 4, 2011 at 05:20:37 PM

Today is April 4 and a year ago Ivan Nova was preparing to spend most of the season in the International League. Tonight he takes the mound for his eighth career start and will be facing a lineup featuring four lefties and two switch-hitters, meaning there will be at least six at-bats to left-handed hitters when he faces the following lineup:

 

1 - Denard Span CF

2 - Tsuyoshi Nishioka - 2B

3 - Joe Mauer - C

4 - Justin Morneau - 1B

5 - Delmon Young - LF

6 - Jim Thome - DH

7 - Jason Kubel - RF

8 - Danny Valencia - 3B

9 - Alexei Casilla - SS

In his brief time as a major league (42 innings), Nova has allowed three home runs and 10 walks to left-handed hitters.

Nova's season debut is certainly not based on a brief track record against left-handed hitters, but more upon the 20

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 25, 2010 at 03:13:57 PM

Today is September 25, another way too hot day for the first few days of fall.

A year ago, the Yankees were two days away from re-claiming the AL East title that was theirs from 1998-2006.

Now, the defense of that is questionable despite the one-half game difference between them and the Rays. As we begin this, the Yankees are taking batting practice to Pearl Jam’s Corduroy, a song whose chorus is “The Waiting Drove Me Mad”.

Based on some of the phone calls from Yankee fans to ESPN Radio and WFAN, that feeling is emerging with some as the Yankees have not looked very good in losing three straight and 12 of 18 following an eight-game winning streak.

So how do you solve that problem?

The Yankees have eight games remaining so maybe doing something like winning five or

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 3, 2010 at 12:59:45 PM

Today is September 3 and a year ago, Ivan Nova was in Buffalo with his teammates on Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Four days earlier, Nova dropped to 1-4 in his first stint in Triple-A.

Against Pawtucket, Nova allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings of a 5-3 loss in the second game of a doubleheader. He was preparing for a start in Rochester on Sept 4 and that day, he pitched decently, allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings in a no-decision.

One of the things that has impressed the Yankees in Nova’s first two Major League starts has been poise and his ability to think that he is not pitching in big games and just go out and throw like he has always done.

About a month ago, I spoke to Lance Berkman about the adjustments to New York and some of the technical sides of hitting.

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