Nova carries Yankees to 2-0 win over Orioles

Saturday Night Open Thread
Greene pitches Thunder into playoffs with seven-inning shutout

Source: FanGraphs

Playing a division rival in a tight race for a playoff spot? No problem, hand the ball to your ace. With CC Sabathia struggling and Hiroki Kuroda hitting a wall, Ivan Nova grabbed hold of the staff ace moniker with a brilliant performance in Saturday’s huge win over the Orioles. Let’s recap the 2-0 victory:

  • SuperDuperNova: By Game Score (85), Nova’s three-hit shutout of the O’s was the best start by a Yankee since Sabathia last September (this game). All three hits were singles, and he also walked one and hit two batters with pitches. Nova got ten (!) swings and misses out of 38 curveballs while striking out five and getting eleven ground ball outs. Other than Chris Davis’ fly out in the ninth — Ichiro Suzuki admitted to trolling fans by acting like it was a homer — none of the eleven fly balls were scary. Nova was dominant against a very good offense. He was marvelous. What a turn around for him.
  • Don’tcha Know: Nova needed to be great because the offense didn’t give him much room to work with. First inning doubles into the right field corner by Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano gave the Yankees an early 1-0 lead, and the score stayed that way until Cano plated an insurance run with a monster solo homer leading off the eighth. Two runs, that was it. Once again, Robbie was the man who made it happen.
  • Leftovers: Really rough day for Derek Jeter, who went 0-for-4 and grounded into rally-killing double plays in the fifth and seventh innings … Cano, Gardner, and Lyle Overbay had two hits apiece while the other six hitters in the lineup went a combined 1-for-19. The one was a Curtis Granderson bloop double … Mark Reynolds drew the only walk. has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Regardless of who wins tonight’s Rays-Athletics game, the Yankees will be four games back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column. They jumped over the Orioles and into third place (by percentage points) in the AL East with the win and there are now no teams between New York and that second wildcard spot. That’s huge. Cool Standings gives them a 13.6% chance to make the postseason at the moment. Andy Pettitte will look to complete the sweep on Sunday afternoon against fellow southpaw Wei-Yin Chen. RAB Tickets can help get you in the door if you want to watch live.

Saturday Night Open Thread
Greene pitches Thunder into playoffs with seven-inning shutout
  • Eddard

    This is why I’ve been saying all along, even during his troubles, don’t trade Ivan Nova. So many wanted to trade this kid away and that’s part of the reason why we don’t develop any kids to become part of our starting rotation. The fan base needs to have more patience with these kids and let them develop. The result is Ivan Nova, who is now the ace of the staff. If they do make a one game WC, Ivan Nova should be starting that ballgame.

    Now we just sit back and gain a game on somebody. Cleveland already down 4-1. They will have gotten the deficit to under 5 by Sept 1 which is what they needed to do.

    • Curtis

      Eddard is now the cool, calm & collected one, preaching patience.

      Whatever happened to irrational “Cashmna suck he going to trade pitching prospect [x] or he get hurt soon!!!” Eddard? I loved that guy

    • CountryClub

      I’m loving this streak, but I have no faith in Nova. IMO, and I hope I’m wrong, he will turn back into a pumpkin eventually. I still think they should trade him in the winter.

      • billbybob

        So you think the Yanks should trade a cost controlled young starter who has demonstrated the ability to pitch very well in the AL East? Have you seen what next year’s rotation outside of Nova looks like?

        • billbybob

          Trade Nova…then we’ve got CC, Nuno, Warren, Phelps and Marshall lined up and ready to go. You might only lose 100 games with that staff.

          • Eddard

            You see, they’re still saying to trade the guy after he just threw a CGSO! What other pitcher do we have that can do that right now? Hiroki, who is 37 and might not be back next season. Nova is 26 and cheap. Andy is 41. CC and Hughes already are pumpkins. Nova’s the best we got this year and next and they want to trade him away.

            • CountryClub

              As I said, I have no faith that the nova you’re seeing now is the real Nova. I also said that I hope i’m wrong.

              • forensic

                He’s got a 2.28 ERA since coming back from the minors. You don’t have to think that’s the real Nova in order to keep him.

                There’s quite a bit of distance between that and the very high ERA he had in the starts prior to that (between the end of last year and the start of this year).

                He’s obviously not suddenly Clayton Kershaw (the only healthy pitcher with and ERA better than that this season), but there is plenty of room for him to reach a happy medium between the two making him very valuable, especially given his age and cost.

                • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

                  Exactly this.

        • CountryClub

          Personally, yes, I would trade him while value might be high. I don’t think it’s going to stay there.

    • BFDeal

      Eddard says:

      August 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Maybe they should trade Ivan Nova. Maybe he’s an NL pitcher and not an AL East pitcher. Look at Javy Vasquez, AJ, Randy Johnson. All of those experiments failed miserably. Send Ivan to the NL in a package for Cliff Lee and both sides will be better off.

      Eddard says:
      June 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      If they’re confident Pineda can return then Nova is tradable.

      Eddard says:
      June 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

      If Pineda does well in his rehab they should shop Phil and Nova, I just don’t think they’ll get the bat they’re looking for in return.

      • Steve D Fl

        wow lol you have too much time on your hands :)

        • BFDeal

          Haha! Actually only took a couple of minutes.

  • Duhddard

    DFA CC, replace him with Marshall.

    On to the World Series.

  • JLC 776

    Dammit, Ichiro… I definitely fell for it.

  • CountryClub

    NY had to go through 3 steps to make the playoffs. The first was passing Baltimore and Cleveland. The second is staying in front of those 2 teams and the third is obviously catching Oakland or Tampa. I realize there’s only a month left in the season, but they had to walk before they could run. They’ve accomplished number 1. Now they need to accomplish number 2 before they can worry about number 3.

    • JGYank

      2 and 3 will happen simultaneously if we play well. If either Oak/TB collapse we can grab the 2nd WC without too much of a problem. Just turns into holding off teams behind us.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Well, win tomorrow, and there’s a very good chance that Cleveland will be two games in the back, with the Orioles 1.5 in the back by virtue of, well, losing.

        That’s why this is imperative to finish here, because not only would those be the case (in all likelihood), but the Orioles and Indians meet for three this week in Cleveland, so there’s a chance one of those teams could fall by the wayside altogether depending on what happens in that series.

        Cleveland also has a patsy schedule down the stretch. Gotta bulk up now while there’s the chance.

        • Kenny

          Don’t forget the 4 games (I think) the Yanks have with the O’s in Baltimore, where they haven’t fared too well.

  • SeventhAce

    Ichiro, MLB’s greatest troll?

  • The Tenth Inning Stretch

    I’m in NYC with three friends for all three Yanks-O’s games. We all literally stopped breathing when Ichiro turned. So psyched to see Andy pitch tomorrow; hope tomorrow’s game is as awesome as the first two have been.

  • Lukaszek

    This was a great win, Ivanovich pitched a great game and showed that he has some serious potencial

  • Kramerica Industries is so damned stupid.

    The Rays are not on TV tonight, and they are playing over 3,000 miles away from Tropicana Field. Why in the g-ddamned hell would that game STILL be subject to a blackout? I mean, what the hell do they expect, people to attend the game out in Oakland?

    Fucking stupid.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Beyond that, why are the Rays not broadcasting that game considering how important that sereis is for their playoff hopes?

    • Get Phelps Up

      This was supposed to be a reply to Kramerica Industries above.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Oh, that’s nothing. The penultimate series of 2011, against the Blue Jays, saw the second game of that series (fell on a Saturday) not televised, in favor of some mid-level FBS team playing frigging AUBURN. This was in the state of Florida.

        Mind you, at the time, the Rays were only two games out of a playoff spot after having erased an unreal deficit to get to where they were in the standings. And the game wasn’t televised. At least this one, I can actually kinda/sorta get. There is usually a game on the west coast that doesn’t air.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Now sweep this son of a bitching series.

    Still in must win mode. Two of three isn’t good enough anymore, and if we lose it’s a big loss.

    • Kramerica Industries

      In addition, if the Yankees win tomorrow, a mere split next week in Baltimore would give the Yankees the season series tie-breaker over the Orioles. If the Yankees lose, they need to win three of four next week, in a venue where they are 1-5 on the season.

      No, this is not a “gravy game” concept at all. This is must-sweep territory. There is no consolation or moral victory to be had from taking 2/3.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Prediction: We win tomorrow and split in Baltimore we slip into the second wildcard.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Yeah, if the Yankees win at least three of the next five from the Orioles, and the O’s have a bad series in Cleveland in between this, the Orioles might just be buried at the end of it. They’re running at 14-20 in their last 34 games now; just not getting the job done.

  • Chris

    It’s time to take Ol’ Jeter out behind the shed.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Rays lose 2-1, and the Yankees now move to within 3.5 of the 2nd wild card.

    This has to be the closest they’ve been in quite some time.

    • Wheels

      Somehow, we’re still in this thing. Just keep winning.

  • Cuso

    Terrific win, but let’s be honest : we need to win tomorrow too. Two steps toward and one step back isn’t going to cut it right now.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Indeed. They’re in the playoffs now, for all intents and purposes. Every game is a must.

  • chris

    watching the highlights on mlb network cause I had to catch some of the game on the radio…and I’m laughing at how Jeter has to make every ball not hit directly at him look like a web gem audition. diving all over the place when it’s two steps away. Next year is gonna be a nightmare. He better hit

    • Chris Isadouche

      Shut up douche!

      • Chris

        i am a douche..all true.

  • Kiko Jones

    If winning series isn’t enough, then let’s call the whole thing off and just enjoy each game on an individual basis. They’re not gonna win 95% of what’s left or whatever percentage is necessary when 2 of their starters are ineffective and their de-facto ace has seemingly hit a wall with one month left in the season.

    Regardless, this team has become fun to watch and right now, I’m just enjoying doing that. If the playoffs are not in the cards, fine. At least they can go out with a bang.

  • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Supposition: if ARod found himself in RF for whatever reason and trolled a fly out the way Ichiro did last night, in a close game, with playoff implications, etc etc he would be fucking pilloried, called an unprofessional classless jerk unfit to don the pinstripes, and it’d be talked about endlessly by Fatcesa and Joey In The Car.