- The Twins hit 20 balls into play, and 12 of them were on the ground. I'm sure we'd all be thrilled if Nova could sustain a 60% groundball rate throughout the season.
- He debuted his new-look slider today, throwing nine of them. It's tough to tell from only one game due to differences in camera calibration, but it looks like it's a bit harder and has less break than the slider he threw last year. This makes sense, since Nova has said that it's supposed to be a cutter but comes out more like a slider. He got two whiffs on it today, one against Delmon Young and the other against Danny Valencia.
- Of the 15 curveballs Nova threw, not one was to a right-handed batter.
- Nova's velocity was consistently 90-92 with his fastball, with nothing higher than 93. He hit 98 mph in his first start last year, but I wouldn't expect to see a ton of that this year.
Overall, I'm very pleased. Nova's next assignment will be Saturday against the Red Sox.
Here is a Google spreadsheet with some stats for Nova's pitches this evening.