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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Carig: Ivan Nova learning to bear down all the time, not just when in trouble

I haven’t seen a pitcher with this uncanny super-ability since Jack Morri (fingers freeze up as if Dr. Watts had lured me into a room 2000 degrees below zero!).

Once again, Nova had dodged what should have been a much more unforgiving fate. “I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the mindset that he has,” said batterymate Russell Martin. “He just bears down a little bit when adversity comes to him.”

Nova’s underlying numbers seem to support the case that his focus might wane.

With the bases empty, opponents are hitting .315 against Nova, with a robust slugging percentage of .581. But as those same opponents turn up the heat, the right-hander rises to the challenge.

With runners on base, Nova’s opponents’ batting average falls to .243, with a slugging mark of .421. And with runners in scoring position, Nova becomes even stingier, allowing the opposition to hit just .197, with a paltry .311 slugging percentage.

“It’s not what you want to do, but it shows you something about him that he’s able to get out of those innings,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He makes pitches. He makes pitches with all his stuff, whether it’s his curveball, his fastball, his slider, he’s making pitches when he has to.”

Repoz Posted: July 22, 2012 at 07:30 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4189064)
He's been eating his fiber this year.
   2. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: July 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM (#4189066)
Maybe he should try pitching out of the stretch all the time.

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