Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Notes: Nova needs to be more aggressive
By Andrew Marchand
Ivan Nova was happy with his improvement over his first start. He went from 4 2/3 innings of four-run ball to five innings of two-run ball. Plus, he got a win instead of a loss.
Still, Nova thinks there is more. As has often been his custom, he pitched out of jams, limiting the Diamondbacks to just two runs, despite facing trouble in each of the first three innings. Using a tremendous curve, he seemed to get better in the big spots.
"That's something I have to do, I have to be aggressive from the beginning," Nova said.
Joe Girardi thought that the long layoff -- 10 days between starts -- may have caused some rust. Girardi felt like Nova got better in the fourth and the fifth. It could be something to build on.