Iván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 7-6 extra-inning loss to the Cubs, surrendering six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks over four innings while striking out three.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates took him off the hook for his 10th loss of the season with a late rally, but otherwise it was a disappointing end to the season for Nova. The 31-year-old finishes 2018 with a 4.19 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, remarkably similar numbers to his 2016 (4.17/1.25) and 2017 (4.14/1.28) performances.

Iván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova (9-9) picked up the win Saturday, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out four in a 3-1 victory over the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander delivered his fifth quality start in his last six trips to the mound, lowering his ERA to 4.07 in the process -- the lowest it's been since the end of June. Nova will look to keep things rolling in his next start Friday, a home rematch against the Brewers.

Iván Nova
SP PIT
2 months ago

Nova (8-9) earned the win against the Marlins on Saturday by allowed three hits over six shutout innings. He struck out nine and walked one.

EDGE Analysis

Nova allowed only a single runner to reach second base on the afternoon, which only occurred because of a wild pitch. The 31-year-old has a 4.17 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 146.2 innings, and next lines up to start Thursday at Milwaukee.

Iván Nova
SP PIT
3 months ago

Nova (personal) is listed as the Pirates' probable starter for Saturday's game against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

It's still not entirely clear if Nova has rejoined the Pirates after missing his last turn through the rotation to tend to a personal matter, but the team's decision to include him among their probable starters suggests that he's expected back over the weekend. With Nova's return on the horizon, Nick Kingham will likely prepare for a bullpen role after limiting the Braves to one run over five innings in a spot start Sunday.

Iván Nova
SP PIT
3 months ago

General manager Neal Huntington said that he doesn't know when Nova will return from personal business, but he'll likely need to throw a bullpen session before returning to the rotation.

EDGE Analysis

"I would anticipate as wanting to get him off a mound again before we drop him right back into the rotation," Huntington said during his radio show Sunday. "He (Nova) may get a side and drop into the next series when we come back home." If the scenario holds true, then Nova would pitch against at home against Miami, but the arrangement isn't set in stone. Nova has compiled a 3.30 ERA at PNC Park in 2018, more than two runs per game better than his road mark (5.43 ERA).

Iván Nova
SP PIT
3 months ago

Nova will not start Sunday against the Braves due to a personal issue, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The nature of the personal issue and whether it will cause him to be skipped completely or just pushed back a day or two is not yet clear. Nick Kingham will get the call Sunday in his absence.

Iván Nova
SP PIT
3 months ago

Nova (7-7) pitched 6.2 innings and took the loss Thursday, allowing just one run on seven hits (one homer) while striking out three in the 1-0 loss to the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Nova allowed a solo shot to Ian Happ in the fourth inning and that proved to be the only run either team would score on the night. Unfortunately, he was simply out-dueled by Cubs starter Jon Lester and failed to get any run support. He dropped his season ERA to 4.26 with a 91:27 K:BB in 131 innings. Nova will look to get back in the win column against the Braves next Tuesday.

Iván Nova
SP PIT
4 months ago

Nova didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Cardinals, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks over four innings while striking out three.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander has seen his season take a downturn since the beginning of July, and Nova now has a 5.81 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 17:10 K:BB in 31 innings over his last six starts. He'll look to right the ship in his next outing Thursday in San Francisco.

Iván Nova
SP PIT
4 months ago

Nova (6-6) surrendered two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two across 6.2 innings Sunday as he collected the win over the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

After the Pirates jumped out to a 9-0 lead, Nova allowed a pair of runs on a two-RBI single in the seventh inning before exiting. He's been decent of late, recording a victory in two of his last three outings, giving up 6 runs over 17 innings while fanning 10. The 31-year-old right-hander is slated to start next Friday against the Mets.

Iván Nova
SP PIT
4 months ago

Nova exited after just 4.2 innings Saturday against the Brewers but allowed just a single run on seven hits, striking out three. He did not factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Nova faced just two more than the minimum through four innings, but was removed before completing the fifth after allowing four singles and getting just two outs. Failing to get out of the fifth made him ineligible for the win, but he still got the job done for his team as they went on to win 2-1. Nova will next get the start sometime in next weekend's series against the Reds.