Ivan Nova picked up his 3rd straight win yesterday afternoon and 5th since rejoining the rotation in late June. For the second straight start it was more of a struggle for him than it had been in most of his previous outings. He was just a touch off with his command in and around the strike zone, and with his transformation into a fastball/curveball pitcher that lack of command made him more hittable. Last year a game like yesterday's would have ended in disaster for Nova. As it is he put 11 men on base and gave up 4 ER, hardly eye-popping numbers. He also gave all those runs up in the 2nd inning and recovered to pitch scoreless from then on into the 7th inning. Considering the 2012 alternative, you'd have to call yesterday a good start for Nova...
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