Ivan Nova had one of his most dominant starts of his career last night. He turned a huge hitters park into a pitchers park.
Nova didn't look like himself giving up one run over eight innings. He threw down seven strike outs to shut down the Reds. He didn't even give up a walk—an obvious sign of improvement.
Russell Martin told the AP, "It looked like he felt confident even though he had to battle in the first inning. After that, it looked like a piece of cake for him. Even after he got behind in the count, he wasn't afraid to go after them."
After Nova's eight innings, two starters came in and they had some trouble keeping up Nova's gem. Though after he came off the mound, Mariano Rivera came in and easily got his 18th save of the season.
Before his gem, Nova was having trouble getting past the sixth inning. So what does this mean?
It looks like to me that once Nova overcomes the first five or six innings, he gains confidence which leads him through a smooth performance.
Since the beginning of June, he has been better than ever. On June 3, he gave up only two earned runs over six innings. On June 10, he gave up two runs over seven innings. On June 15, he was off.
The good news for Nova is he now is likely to be a lock in the Yankees rotation.
Why is he doing well now and not in the start of the season?
Well he's maturing. Rothschild is also interested in the Yankees young talent, so he is putting a ton of time into him. Also since the rest of the Yankees rotation is suffering from injuries and other various distractions, the staff is working on him to keep him as a starter and not a long reliever.
Is the Yankees poised rookie ready to go to the next level?
He keeps on getting better and better, so who knows he can be one of the dominant parts of the Yankees rotation.
What should Yankees do now?
Yankees gave Nova a chance, so why can't the Yankees give a chance to other minor league prospects. Adam Warren and Dellin Betances look like they're ready, so maybe bring them up for a few weeks. Give them a chance.