As he did in his two other superb 2011 starts (6/20 against Cincy, 7/30 against Baltimore), Nova relied on his new slider today. He threw 25, which was the most of any start aside from the start against the Reds, in which he threw 26 sliders. Pitch results for all of his four pitches are in the table below.
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For some more reference, I've included a color-coded chart of Nova's spin deflection (pitch movement) from tonight's game. His slider gets unusual movement (it actually moves armside or "backs up"), and because of this, Gameday often labels it as a fastball, change, or cutter. It really is looking like a typical cutter, since it has plenty of velocity and not a whole lot of break. Nova calls it a slider, so I'll stick with that label for now.
Remember that these are from the catcher's perspective and are in inches of movement relative to a theoretical spinless pitch.