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Saturday, August 31, 2013
First Pitch: SuperNova Saturday

By Andrew Marchand

NEW YORK -- In his career, Ivan Nova is 4-2 with a 4.95 ERA in 10 outings against the Orioles. This year, in two starts, he is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA. However, to continue his success, there are some matchups that Nova will try to avoid in crucial spots.

There likely will be four Orioles in the lineup who have a .333 or better average against Nova.

Matt Wieters: 10-for-23 (.435) with four homers and seven RBIs
Wilson Betemit: 5-for-11 (.455)
Nick Markakis: 11-for-29 (.379)
Chris Davis: 6-for-18 (.333) with two homers and seven RBIs

That will be nearly half the order. It will be those matchups that likely determine if Nova continues to pitch well.

UP NOW: I wrote about how Joe Girardi says that Alfonso Soriano is playing like an MVP. CC Sabathia is not, Mike Mazzeo writes.

ON DECK: Mazzeo and I will be out of the stadium. From 10 a.m. to noon, I'll be co-hosting with Bill Daughtry on 98.7 FM. You can listen to the stream here.

IN THE HOLE: At 1 p.m, it will be Nova (7-4, 3.14) vs. Scott Feldman (4-3, 4.56)

QUESTION: Do you think Nova could be a legit No. 2 starter next year?