LADY AT THE BAT: Between Ivan The Terrible & Supernova

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Between Ivan The Terrible & Supernova

Sandwiched between the Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies and a stirring rendition of "Sweet Caroline," Ivan Nova tried last night to get his first win of the season.

Whenever Nova takes the mound, you always have to wonder which pitcher has shown up: Ivan The Terrible or Supernova. For a while there, it looked terrible. However, it never got super. Nova eventually settled somewhere in between, going five innings and being helped offensively by Robinson Cano. After the game he was somewhere in the middle as well. Whereas in the past, he almost always claimed to have pitched well and rarely admitted failure, last night he gave a fair assessment of his outing:

Nova still has a long way to go before he is back to his winning 2011 form.  He may never get back to that point. However, that doesn't mean that Yankees should give up on him right away. They (and all teams) should hold on to young pitchers until they reach their free agent years. I believe that is the length of time needed to decide whether they will be a successful Major League pitcher. So, unless the Yankees have a chance to acquire Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, Ivan Nova needs to remain in pinstripes until after his arbitration time has ended.

Hopefully, Supernova will have shown up enough times to keep him dressed that way.

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