Ivan Nova: The Latest Pirates’ Prosperous Project
Ivan Nova’s trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates at this year’s deadline failed to attract many headlines among the deluge of significant deals completed on the 1st of August. Yet Nova’s performances since arriving in Pittsburgh have brought an under the radar trade firmly into the spotlight. Whilst the Pirates’ playoffs hopes look to have been muted, sitting 6 games back of the 2nd NL wildcard spot, Nova’s performances lend hope to a possible revival of fortunes in 2017. In 7 starts in a Pirates uniform Nova has posted an impressive 5-0 record with a 3.00 ERA, 3.02 FIP and average gamescore (v2) of 62.
Compare that to Nova’s first half of the season in New York as a starter (Nova made 6 relief appearances between April 6th and May 1st) and the apparent improvement since the trade is drastic:
During the second half of the season Nova ranks 14th in the Majors in ERA, 42nd in FIP and 40th in WAR, trailing only Jameson Taillon for the Pirates in the last two categories.
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