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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Ivan Nova lost after giving up four runs and 10 hits in six innings Thursday against the Reds.

Nova can't be great every time out, not with his poor strikeout rate. The complete absence of walks will make for a strong WHIP, and a solid ERA seems quite possible, too. Still, we'll bet against him winning another NL Pitcher of the Month award this year.
May 4 - 4:41 PM

Ivan Nova limited the Marlins to three hits in a complete-game, 4-0 shutout on Saturday.

Nova was brilliant, keeping the Marlins to a pair of singles and a double while needing just 95 pitches to complete the task. A 7/0 K/BB ratio helped, and Nova now has 22 strikeouts to one walk over 36 innings this year. He's picked up right where he left off after joining the Bucs at last year's trade deadline, posting a 1.50 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in five starts, and a date with the division-rival Reds is on tap for Thursday.
Apr 29 - 11:34 PM

Ivan Nova was dominant in a victory over his former club on Sunday, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings in a victory over the Yankees.

Nova punched out a season-high seven batters while issuing only one free pass. He kept the Bombers off the board until the seventh inning where Jacoby Ellsbury got him for a solo home run. Now 2-2 on the season, Nova will bring a stellar 2.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 15/1 K/BB ratio into Saturday's outing against the Marlins in Miami on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 4:30 PM

Ivan Nova held the Cardinals to two runs over eight innings but took a loss on Monday.

Nova got no help from the Pittsburgh offense, which didn't put a run on the board until the top of the ninth inning. Nova struck out three and walked none, needing just 78 pitches over his eight frames. He'll hope for a little more backup in his next outing at home against his former team, the Yankees.
Apr 17 - 9:25 PM

Ivan Nova gave up four runs -- three earned -- in six innings to take a loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

He struck out only one batter while giving up eight hits and a walk. He was rolling along until the Reds scored four times in the fifth inning. He gave up three doubles and a single in that frame and was also hurt by a David Freese error that came when opposing pitcher Amir Garrett was attempting to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Today's disappointing outing follows Nova's first start of the season in which he tossed six innings and allowed only an unearned run. He will face the Cardinals and Yankees in a two-start week beginning on Monday in St. Louis.
Apr 12 - 10:32 PM

Ivan Nova held the Braves to one unearned run across six innings of work in Friday's 5-4 win.

Nova let a run in in the fifth after Gregory Polanco dropped a routine flyball, but he was spotless aside from that. The right-hander gave up six hits and hit a batter but didn't issue a walk and struck out four. Nova has now walked just three batters over 70 2/3 innings in his 12 starts with the Pirates. He'll go up against the Reds at home his next time out.
Apr 7 - 5:24 PM

Ivan Nova scattered four hits and one run over five solid frames Thursday in the Pirates’ Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox.

He fanned five and didn't walk anyone. The Red Sox were without most of their top bats—Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Dustin Pedroia and Pablo Sandoval were all getting a breather. But it was still a strong showing by Nova, who out-pitched Chris Sale on Thursday. His strikeout victims included Mitch Moreland, Josh Rutledge, Steve Selsky, Chris Young and Christian Vazquez. The only inning the Red Sox threatened Nova was the third when they scraped together one run on two hits. Nova holds an impressive 0.90 ERA over three outings this spring.
Mar 16 - 9:14 PM

Facing his old team, Ivan Nova allowed an unearned run over three innings Monday as the Pirates smoked the Yankees 13-1.

Nova seemed set to unravel after committing a pair of errors to start the third inning and then crossing up the catcher with a wild pitch, but he rebounded to retire three in a row, concluding his day. He's yet to allow an earned run in five innings.
Mar 6 - 4:40 PM

Pirates signed RHP Ivan Nova to a three-year, $26 million contract.

The deal was reported last week and it's now official. Nova ultimately chose to stick around after he flourished following a midseason trade from the Yankees last year, as he finished with a 3.06 ERA and 52/3 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings over 11 starts. He threw a ton more strikes and benefited by switching over to the National League. He turns 30 next month and should continue to benefit under the tutelage of Ray Searage. He'll slot behind Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon in the rotation for now, but the Pirates might not be done upgrading their rotation this winter.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 01:39:00 PM

According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Pirates have re-signed free agent starter Ivan Nova to a three-year, $26 million contract.

Pittsburgh proved to be the ideal place for Nova to spread his wings in the second half of 2016, and now he's back there with a locked-in rotation spot and a very positive fantasy outlook for 2017. Nova registered a brilliant 3.06 ERA and 52/3 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings last season with the Pirates after an August 1 trade away from the Yankees. He had spent the first six-and-a-half years of his major league career in New York. The 29-year-old right-hander will try to continue learning and growing under legendary Bucs pitching coach Ray Searage.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 10:03:00 AM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that Ivan Nova's market "is beginning to heat up."

Murray doesn't mention any teams in on Nova other than the Pirates, who have remained in contact with Nova's agent, Greg Genske, and have seemed all along like the best spot for the righty. Genske told Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM earlier this offseason that he had offers in the three-year, $36 million range for his client.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 10:36:00 AM

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