Originally written on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 6/24/13
Sunday's game was not a bad one for Ivan Nova: 6.2 IP and 3 ER. If he had been pitching like this every time out, there would have been no shift to the bullpen and no move to Scranton. There would also have been no coming up for spot starts and waiting on tenterhooks to see if he'll stick in the Majors or be shuttled back to Scranton to the Yankees AAA affiliate. No, if Ivan Nova had pitched like this, he would be safely ensconced in the fifth spot (or even the fourth spot given Phil Hughes's struggles) in the rotation. But he hasn't. Admittedly, it's unreasonable and a little unfair to expect that stat line from the back end of any but the best major league rotations but, too often in 2013, Ivan Nova has been far below that standard. When he appeared on the scene in 2010 to make 7 starts and pitch to a 4.50 ERA, the ERA equivalent to a quality start, he raised some eyebrows. Not just because of his pitching repertoire but because of his bravado. When he threw up and in on ...
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