When Luis Severino had to go on the DL, Ivan Nova came out of the bullpen to take his place in the rotation. The way Nova pitched last night, he intends to stay there.
Nova has had his inconsistencies throughout his career, but his ERA dropped to 3.26 after last night’s gem. By contrast, Severino and Pineda’s combined ERA is over twice that.
What happens when Severino is healthy as far as he and Pineda are concerned? We’ll have to see. But it is apparent that Nova needs to stay in that rotation.
The Yanks scored first in their 4-1 win last night when in the third inning, with two out, Brett Gardner walked and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.
Nova gave up a HR in the fourth to tie the game, but the Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth on an RBI double by Aaron Hicks.
Beltran’s ninth HR of the year, a 2-run shot, gave the Yanks a cushion in the ninth. It was HR #401 of Beltran’s career.
The Yanks once again turned to their Big 3 to close it out. No-Runs D(ellin Betances) M(iller) C(hapman).
The Yanks have hit the quarter pole at 18-22.
Earlier, owner Hal Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi and the coaches, but called out a couple of underperforming players, although not in the blunt way his father used to do it.
Nova (w, 3-1, 3.26) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.33
Miller (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.02
Chapman (Save, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 1.50