Nova seemed distraught over his latest beating, though he remains cautiously optimistic that he can still contribute this season.
“I’m going to keep working like I’m going to start next time,” Nova said. “If he don’t give me next time, what can I do? I’m confident. I’ll still work and hopefully I can get the next one and then be in the playoff rotation.”
Playoffs? Did he mention the playoffs?
Jim Mora himself would have been stunned by that word coming out of Nova’s mouth after Thursday’s loss. Not even a no-hitter against the Red Sox on Tuesday would be enough to land Nova in the postseason rotation, something that would have sounded preposterous three months ago after he went 10-2 with a 3.92 ERA during the first half.
Now he is pitching for a long-relief spot on the playoff roster, his chances at the rotation having diminished with each dismal second-half start.
“I want to be on the roster,” Nova said. “I want to help the team to win games in any position. I just want to be there.”
Good luck with all that.
...Girardi won’t say it publicly, but Nova has already made his decision an easy one. Despite missing 15 days with rotator cuff inflammation, he has given up 87 extra-base hits. That’s not only the most in the majors, it’s the most any Yankee has ever allowed in a season.
Posted: September 28, 2012 at 05:14 AM | 19 comment(s)
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