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Ivan Nova | Starting Pitcher | #46

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / NYY
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Ivan Nova pitched very well in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday, allowing just one run on five hits across six frames.
Nova punched out three on the night and didn't walk a batter. The only blemish on his night came in the sixth inning, where Carlos Santana scooted home on a fielder's choice off the bat of Rhys Hoskins. The right-hander will look to get back in the win column when he carries a 4.20 ERA and 1.10 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Tigers. Apr 20 - 10:05 PM

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Ivan Nova struck out nine while allowing three runs in just-under seven innings for the Pirates in a victory over the Marlins on Sunday.

Nova was cruising through this one, but ran into some trouble in the sixth and gave up a two-run homer to Justin Bour that effectively ended his night. The former Yankee starter now has a 4.88 ERA on the year, and is tough to trust as anything more than a streaming option against weaker lineups, like this one. His next scheduled start is Friday in Philadelphia.
Apr 15 - 4:20 PM

Ivan Nova notched his first victory of the season after allowing three runs over seven innings Tuesday against the Cubs.

Nova was touched up for two solo homers by Javier Baez, but did a good job limiting the damage otherwise. He fanned six and walked none in the victory. He’ll carry a 5.19 ERA into a favorable matchup against the Marlins on Sunday.
Apr 10 - 6:08 PM

Ivan Nova struggled in a losing effort against the Twins on Wednesday evening, surrendering five runs on five hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked one and punched out three in the ballgame. He allowed a solo homer to Brian Dozier in the second inning and the Twins scratched out a single run in the third, then really broke the game open with a four-spot in the sixth that chased Nova. He'll look to improve upon his 6.10 ERA and 1.45 WHIP when he does battle against the Cubs in their home opener at Wrigley Field on Monday.
Apr 4 - 9:35 PM

Ivan Nova went five innings and gave up two runs in an extra-innings win over the Tigers on Friday.

Nova struggled early in this one, as the normally reliable strike-thrower walked two hitters in the first inning. He was able to settle down after his struggles in the first two innings, however, and limited the damage to just the two runs. Nova will be on the mound again on Wednesday when the Pirates take on the Twins.
Mar 30 - 6:43 PM

Ivan Nova allowed two runs on five hits across three innings in his spring start against the Rays on Saturday.

He struck out three and walked one to wrap up his spring training with a 4.85 ERA in four starts. He has exhibited one of the best walk rates in the major leagues the last couple of years but it hasn't translated into fantasy prowess. He went 11-14 with a 4.14 ERA in 31 starts last year. He's been homer-prone despite having a high ground-ball rate and pitching half his games in a pitcher-friendly ballpark.
Mar 24 - 5:02 PM

Ivan Nova gave up three runs over five innings Wednesday against the Rays.

Nova had a 5.83 ERA in the second half of last year, but he'll be the Pirates' Opening Day starter this season. He's allowed seven runs -- five earned -- in 10 innings this spring.
Mar 14 - 5:14 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Ivan Nova as the club's Opening Day starter.

"Nova’s the dean of the starting rotation," Hurdle said. "He’s the guy from my vantage point and from [pitching coach] Ray’s [Searage] and from [general manager] Neal’s [Huntington]. We had the conversation. Give him the ball in Detroit and let him break open the season for us." The 31-year-old right-hander posted a mostly underwhelming 4.14 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 131/36 K/BB ratio in 187 innings last year, but somebody had to take the reins following Gerrit Cole's departure. Nova could be poised for better numbers now that he is accustomed to a larger workload. He had a dreadful second half.
Mar 8 - 9:15 AM

Ivan Nova surrendered one run on three hits in three innings during a 4-3 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies.

Nova was facing a split-squad lineup that didn't feature any of the Phillies' expected regular-season starters, but he still looked good regardless. He struck out two batters and didn't walk anybody. The only damage was a solo homer by catcher Andrew Knapp. Nova has been a serviceable fantasy starter in recent years. He went 11-14 with a 4.17 ERA in 31 starts for the Pirates last season.
Mar 3 - 7:51 PM

Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle announced Thursday that X-rays on the finger of Ivan Nova came back negative.

Nova was pulled from Thursday's game after he was hit by a pitch while squaring to bunt, but it appears that he was able to avoid any structural damage. Either way, he isn't going to pitch again this season but should be fully healthy heading into 2018.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 11:11:00 PM

Ivan Nova was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Nationals when he was struck on the finger by a pitch while squaring to bunt.

Chalk it up as just one more wonderful injury that occurred this season as a result of pitchers having to hit. Before the injury, Nova had allowed one run on four hits and a walk over his two innings of work while striking out two. He finishes the season 11-14 with a 4.14 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 131/36 K/BB ratio in 187 innings over his 31 starts.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 07:58:00 PM

Ivan Nova pitched well in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in his five innings of work.

The veteran right-hander didn't have his best command in this one, issuing four walks while striking out two. He'll carry a 4.14 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into his final start of the season on Friday against the Nationals in Washington.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:37:00 PM

Ivan Nova (calf) expects to make his next scheduled start Friday versus the Cardinals.

Nova was forced from Saturday's game against the Reds due to tightness in his right calf, but he threw his normal between-starts bullpen session Tuesday without issue. The 30-year-old right-hander is 11-14 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 127/31 K/BB ratio in 180 innings this season for Pittsburgh.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 04:21:00 PM

Ivan Nova was forced to exit Saturday's start against the Reds with right calf tightness.

Nova isn't alarmed and expects to make his next start. The Pirates figure to see how he feels over the next day or two before that becomes official. Nova was charged with two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Reds on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 07:27:00 PM

Ivan Nova was forced to exit Saturday's start against the Reds with an apparent injury.

Nova blanked the Reds over the first six innings before giving up a solo homer to Jesse Winker to begin the seventh. He was forced to exit later on in the frame after being visited by the team trainer. Nova fanned six and gave up just three hits and one walk before exiting. The Pirates should pass along an update on his status soon.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 05:56:00 PM

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PosRoleName
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2Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2B1Josh Harrison
2Adam Frazier
3Sean Rodriguez
4Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Colin Moran
2David Freese
3Jung Ho Kang
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ivan Nova
2Jameson Taillon
3Chad Kuhl
4Trevor Williams
5Joe Musgrove
6Steven Brault
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Felipe Vázquez
2Michael Feliz
3George Kontos
4Edgar Santana
5Kyle Crick
6Enny Romero
7Tyler Glasnow
8A.J. Schugel
9Richard Rodriguez
10Nik Turley
11Nick Burdi