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Ivan Nova | Starting Pitcher | #46

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Ivan Nova allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.
For the second straight start, Nova struggled and is now 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA as a member of the Pirates. He'd been absolutely lights out prior to his last start, though, and the Bucs have reportedly been impressed enough to approach the 29-year-old about a contract extension. Nova will have one more opportunity to make his case for a big payday when he squares off with the Cubs on Thursday. Sep 24 - 11:53 PM

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Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have made several contract offers to impending free agent Ivan Nova.

The 29-year-old hurler has been outstanding since joining the Pirates, compiling a 2.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 45/3 K/BB across 55 1/3 innings. Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has made a living out of reclaiming broken down pitchers, and Nova appears to be his latest success story. Locking him up would appear to be a wise investment.
Sep 22 - 10:12 PM

Ivan Nova was tagged for five runs -- three earned -- in three innings Sunday in a loss to the Reds.

Nova went without a walk for the sixth time in nine starts for the Pirates. Still, unlike most of the others, he simply wasn't effective today. The loss was his first since his final start for the Yankees on July 29. He'll get the Nationals next.
Sep 18 - 4:13 PM

Ivan Nova notched a season-high 11 strikeouts while allowing just two runs -- one earned -- over six frames in a 5-3 win over the Phillies.

He surrendered only five hits and one walk to go along with his 11 punchouts, settling for a no-decision. Nova has been a new man since arriving in Pittsburgh, posting a 2.41 ERA and ridiculous 43/3 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings of work. Pitching coach Ray Searage, who has worked miracles with many before, surely has had a big hand in Nova's rejuvenation. The impending free agent has picked a great time to be throwing the best ball of his career. He'll try to keep rolling on Sunday in Cincinnati.
Sep 13 - 11:57 PM

Ivan Nova allowed a run on six hits in a complete game, 4-1 victory over the Reds on Thursday.

Nova struck out four without issuing a free pass, needing just 94 pitches to complete the deed. It's the second time in seven starts with the Bucs that Nova has gone the distance, and he's 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA in those seven starts. Another attractive matchup awaits the right-hander, with the Phillies on deck Tuesday.
Sep 8 - 9:55 PM

Ivan Nova held the Brewers to two runs over six innings in a no-decision Saturday.

Nova yielded five hits and a walk while striking out six, but the Bucs couldn't get him much offense to make it stand up. Even so, it was yet another strong turn for the 29-year-old, who owns a 4-0 record and 2.89 ERA in six starts with the Pirates. The National League certainly looks good on him so far. Nova will take another shot at that fifth consecutive win when he takes on the Reds on Thursday.
Sep 4 - 12:18 AM

Ivan Nova (hamstring) is on track to take his next turn in the Pirates' starting rotation.

Nova was forced to leave Sunday's outing against the Brewers after experiencing left hamstring discomfort, but he's felt steady improvement over the last couple of days. Nova has a strong 2.87 ERA, 0.989 WHIP, and 22/1 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings (five starts) since joining the Pirates via trade from the Yankees. His next scheduled start is at home versus the Brewers.
Aug 30 - 6:36 PM

Ivan Nova was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Brewers due to left hamstring discomfort.

Prior to departing, the right-hander pitched brilliantly, allowing only one run on three hits over six strong innings. He's currently being evaluated and treated by the Pirates medical staff. Expect an update on his status shortly.
Aug 28 - 4:44 PM

Ivan Nova spun his first complete game since 2013 on Tuesday, holding the Astros to one run over nine innings in a 7-1 victory.

He had a chance for a "Maddux" but gave up back-to-back doubles to start the ninth. Nova then rebounded to retire the next three batters, throwing just 98 pitches while holding the Astros to one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The former Yankee has looked like a shrewd pick-up by the Pirates, as he's put up a 3.20 ERA and 1.105 WHIP over four starts with his new club. He'll face the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
Aug 23 - 11:01 PM

Ivan Nova was less-than-stellar in third start with the Pirates, allowing four runs on six hits over four innings in Wednesday no-decision against the Giants.

Nova has now allowed eight runs through his first 16 2/3 innings with the Pirates, working out to a 4.41 ERA. This is actually an improvement on the 4.90 ERA he held with the Yankees prior to being traded over to the Pirates. A home start against the Astros shows next on his schedule as he looks to continue to settle in with his new squad.
Aug 17 - 10:20 PM

Despite allowing nine hits, Ivan Nova yielded just one run in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a victory over the Dodgers.

The Pirates ended up winning this one 5-1 despite getting outhit 12-7. Nova was in trouble often, but twice he was able to strike out opposing starter Ross Stripling to end an inning and strand a pair of baserunners. The NL definitely suits someone with his kind of stuff better than the AL and Yankee Stadium did.
Aug 13 - 1:34 AM

Ivan Nova allowed three runs over seven innings in his Pirates debut Saturday, earning the win in the 5-3 victory over the Reds.

Nova gave up six hits without walking a batter on the evening, and two of those hits were Brandon Phillips solo homers. The right-hander struck out five. Nova's Yankees career was up and down and he owned a 4.90 ERA at the time of the trade, so the expectations aren't high for the 29-year-old's Pirates career. It got off to a good start, though, and he'll look to keep it going Friday against the Dodgers.
Aug 6 - 10:46 PM

Ivan Nova is scheduled to make his Pirates debut at home Saturday against the Reds.

Nova was acquired from the Yankees at the trade deadline for two players to be named later. He had a rough 4.90 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 97 1/3 innings this season with New York, but the move from the American League East to the National League Central should help greatly. The 29-year-old impending free agent is in a good spot to rebuild some open-market value.
Aug 3 - 12:54 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Ivan Nova from the Yankees for two players to be named later.

Once the Yankees officially became sellers, it was obvious Nova would be moved. The 29-year-old has posted a 4.90 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 97 1/3 innings this season, but he could benefit with the move to the National League. He's due to become a free agent this winter.
Aug 1 - 5:01 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Pirates have acquired Ivan Nova.

The deal got done right before the 4:00 p.m. ET trade deadline. Nova has posted a rough 4.90 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 97 1/3 innings this season, but he's headed to the easier league and pitcher-friendly PNC Park. He might suddenly have fantasy value again.
Aug 1 - 4:00 PM

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