Saturday, August 10, 2013
Gardner Walks Off
Lost in the shuffle will be Ivan Nova's fantastic start. In seven innings, Nova allowed one run on eight hits and struck out seven batters. Ivan Nova has looked like an ace since late June. I sound like a broken record saying this, but Ivan Nova's success as a starter will determine how far the Yankees will go in the future. With Sabathia's age becoming an issue the Yankees have to rely on young starters to fill out the top of the rotation. If Nova keeps pitching like he has over his last six starts he will be in the conversation to be the Yankees number two starter in 2014 and beyond. If Sabathia's productivity really diminishes, Nova could be the future ace of the Yankees staff. In order for that to happen though, Nova needs to show that he has matured and has put last year in the rear-view mirror.
This was a big win for the Yankees. They stopped their four game losing streak and broke the Tigers' twelve game win streak. Little things like a key base hit is all the Yankees need. They have an opportunity to do much of the same tomorrow against Anibal Sanchez who has pitched to a sparkling ERA this year. In order to give themselves a chance at a win tomorrow afternoon, Phil Hughes has to show that he can come up big as his days as a Yankee are numbered and other teams have an eye on him for next year.