New York Looking Ahead to Playoffs.

While the New York Yankees will be fighting for the top of the AL East for much of the season we have little doubt that they will end up making it in barring some complete collapse. So assuming that the Yanks make it to the playoffs, we have to wonder about their starting rotation. For much of the year the Yankees have had one of the best offenses and bullpens in the league, but the rotation has been in doubt. Veteran CC Sabathia is soaking up a ton of money and not doing anything with it. So when Ivan Nova came back from his injury, the Bronx Bombers held their breath. They needed him to be good. And he was.

According to James Dondero, Nova made his return from injury against the red hot Philadelphia Phillies and the young righty held the Phillies completely in control. This was Nova’s first return to Yankee Stadium in over a year and it was an emotional moment for the pitcher. Nova admitted to almost crying when he first walked out of the tunnel. He couldn’t believe that he made it back from Tommy John Surgery.

Nova showed off some excellent speed on his fastball as he routinely hit 95 MPH. Nova did have an issue finding the strike zone, throwing 41 balls out of his 92 pitches, but he was great getting the Phillies to fly out — getting 11 batters out in this fashion.

Nova went 6.2 IP while allowing 3 hits and no runs for the win.

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