There isn’t much to dislike about Ivan Nova. In his major league debut he battled out of a bases loaded jam and was almost in a fight with Batista. The kid went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on six hits striking out three. His pitch count was low when he came out at 76 but his removal was about match ups and not his performance.
So the obvious question now will be does he get another start? I would say yes, Go with the hot hand he looked very poised and professional against a tough hitting Toronto line-up.
Yes the Yankees moved back into a tie for first with the Rays being victorious tonight and the Yankees losing. When you think about it though it really doesn’t matter all that much as one of them will win the division and the other the wild-card neither of which makes the road to the WS any easier or harder. Yankees have a few injury concerns with A-Rod and Pettitte out. The good news is that neither one of them will be gone much longer and Alfredo Aceves is scheduled to make a rehab start and Damoso Marte will throw a bull pen. When all these guys are back in the rotation look for the Yankees to go on a nice long wining streak. Getting out of Toronto will help too. The Yankees have lost 5 of the last 7 they have played at rogers center.