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Ivan Nova | Starting Pitcher | #46

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / NYY
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Ivan Nova allowed seven runs on nine hits over five-lus innings in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.
Nova was able to keep the Rockies off the board until the fourth inning, when he surrendered four runs. Charlie Blackmon would add on with a solo homer in the fifth before the Rockies knocked him out of the game in the sixth. Nova struck out five and walked one in the lackluster effort. He will try for better times when he carries his 3.62 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into a road start against the Padres next time he takes to the mound. Jul 23 - 6:53 PM

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Ivan Nova allowed 10 hits but held the Brewers to three runs over six innings in a win Tuesday.

Nova was in and out of danger all night, but outside of a Travis Shaw three-run homer in the third inning he kept the Brewers off the board. He did just enough to earn the quality start, and the Bucs rewarded him with a four-run sixth inning that also got him his 10th win. Nova is 10-6 with a 3.27 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through 19 starts, with a start against the Rockies in ever-ominous Coors Field on tap for Sunday.
Jul 19 - 12:15 AM

Ivan Nova held the Cubs to two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a win Saturday.

Nova was even better than his line suggests, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out six in his 6 2/3 innings of work. The problem was, two of those hits left the yard when Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning. Otherwise, the 30-year-old was brilliant, hitting the break on a high note. Nova is 9-6 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through 18 starts overall.
Jul 8 - 10:21 PM

Ivan Nova surrendered four runs on seven hits over his six innings in Monday's loss to the Phillies.

Nova struck out one and walked one on the night. He was tagged by Freddy Galvis for a two-run homer in the first inning, then by Maikel Franco for another in the third. That was the extent of the damage, but more than enough in this one. Hell carry a 3.24 ERA and 1.12 WHIP into his final start of the first half on Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago.
Jul 3 - 9:55 PM

Ivan Nova gave up two runs in a brief, five-inning start but took home a 6-2 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

He scattered seven hits and two walks while recording just one strikeout. Nova improves to 8-5 with a very nice 3.08 ERA after 16 starts. He has found success by pitching to contact and keeping the ball in the yard this year. He has just 60 strikeouts in 108 innings.
Jun 29 - 12:57 AM

Ivan Nova surrendered four runs and 11 hits in seven innings Thursday in a loss to the Brewers.

Nova is starting to give up more homers now -- six in four starts this month after a total of five in his first 11 starts -- but he's still keeping it together; he's yet to allow more than four runs in a start this season. He's 7-5 with a 3.06 ERA.
Jun 22 - 5:41 PM

Ivan Nova allowed three earned runs, six hits and two walks with six strikeouts over seven innings in a win against the Cubs on Saturday.

Nova tossed 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes, posting his fourth consecutive quality start. He improved to 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three outings in the month of June. However, his victory on Saturday was his first win in four decisions against National League Central Division foes this season.
Jun 18 - 3:54 AM

Ivan Nova pitched a sharp game in Sunday's win over the Marlins, allowing just one hit over six shutout frames.

Lovely work from Nova, who struck out four without walking a batter on the afternoon. He finished up his six strong innings having thrown 77 pitches (60 for strikes). He has been dealing with a bit of knee inflammation, hence why the Pirates opted to sit him down with such a low pitch count. Nova will bring a 2.38 ERA and 1.01 WHIP into a home start against the Cubs in his next scheduled outing.
Jun 11 - 4:30 PM

Ivan Nova has been diagnosed with left knee inflammation.

Nova exited with a trainer in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday night at Camden Yards after surrendering back-to-back homers to Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop. The right-hander will be reevaluated on Wednesday. He gave up three total runs in the game, on five hits and a walk.
Jun 6 - 9:56 PM

Ivan Nova was removed from his start Tuesday against the Orioles with an apparent injury.

Nova surrendered back-to-back homers to lead off the bottom of the seventh and Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli promptly called for a trainer. Nova was at 87 pitches. He allowed three total earned runs on five total hits. There should be a status update soon from Camden Yards.
Jun 6 - 9:26 PM

Ivan Nova was brilliant for a while but faded late Tuesday, ultimately allowing three runs in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Nova had a perfect game through four frames until Jake Lamb led off the fifth with a single. He got through that inning unscathed but then yielded a two-out RBI double in the sixth and two more tallies on three hits and a walk in the seventh. His pitch count only got to 78 on the night. Nova will take a 2.92 ERA into Baltimore in his next outing.
May 30 - 9:59 PM

Ivan Nova yielded four runs in 8 1/3 innings Thursday to earn the win as the Pirates topped the Braves 9-4.

Nova cruised through the first half of this one, throwing just 43 pitches in five scoreless innings. The Braves got to him some after that, but he always seemed to be in control after being handed a seven-run lead to play with. Nova allowed 10 hits, walked one and struck out one (Ender Inciarte to open the bottom of the first). He has faded to a 4.24 ERA in May after coming in at 1.50 in April, but the Pirates surely remain pleased with his work. He's gone at least six innings every time out this year.
May 25 - 3:40 PM

Ivan Nova surrendered three runs in 7 1/3 innings to beat the Phillies 6-3 on Saturday.

He gave up a run in the first inning, then fired five shutout innings before allowing individual runs in the seventh and eighth frames. He gave up nine base hits without issuing a walk and he notched three strikeouts on the afternoon. Nova has enjoyed nothing but success since joining the Pirates mid-season last year. His record improves to 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA in nine starts this year. He is not a big strikeout guy but is very stingy with the base-on-balls. He has 36 strikeouts against just four walks in 61 2/3 innings.
May 20 - 7:43 PM

Ivan Nova turned in a quality start while taking a no-decision in Sunday's 10-inning win over the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on nine hits over six innings.

Nova proved powerless in the face of Paul Goldschmidt, who burned him for a two-run home run in the first inning and a solo shot in the fifth. He finished up his outing having struck out four and walked one. The 30-year-old right-hander will carry a sharp 2.48 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into a home start against the Phillies next time out.
May 14 - 8:21 PM

Ivan Nova allowed two earned runs while scattering seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Nova has been rather hittable, yielding 17 hits across just 12 1/3 innings in two May starts. Still, he has a solid 0.95 WHIP and 2.23 ERA overall on the season. He'll look to get back on track Sunday against Arizona in what will be his fourth consecutive road assignment.
May 10 - 4:59 AM

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C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Starling Marte
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
R1Felipe Rivero
2Juan Nicasio
3Tony Watson
4Daniel Hudson
5Wade LeBlanc
6Jhan Marinez
7A.J. Schugel
8Steven Brault