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Monday, April 4, 2011

Recapping Nova

I just have a few thoughts on Ivan Nova's win today against the Twins (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K):

  • 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. 

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