So is there something wrong?
Coming into his start against the New York Mets, Nova was 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA. He allowed 15 earned runs in 19.2 innings pitched this spring.
But it didn't get any better facing the Mets.
Nova went 2.2 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits in his last tune-up before the new year begins. It was easily one of his worst starts of 2012 so far.
Nova's confidence seemed to take a hit after the beat down, according to Sweeney Murti of WFAN.
"Today was one of the worst days of my life…I felt good today but I couldn't throw strikes."--Ivan Nova.
Funny that this comes on the day when Nova was picked by Joe Girardi to be the Yanks No. 4 starter even though he had the worst numbers of any starter on the team. If not for a 16-win season and an injury to Michael Pineda, Nova might be looking at missing out on the rotation.
Don't be shocked if Nova is the odd man out when Andy Pettitte finally returns. As we all know, nothing is promised when you're a starting pitcher with the Yankees who isn't making a lot of money.
Nova's struggles during the spring are a new thing for the young right-hander. He had a much better spring in 2011 going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and four earned runs in 20 innings pitched.
He had the best numbers of any starter this time last year.
Whatever it may be bugging him, Nova will have time to solve it during the regular season.
Maybe the pressure of a game that means something will help motivate a guy like Nova whose been known to respond well in tough spots.