#47 / Pitcher / New York Yankees
Jan 12, 1987
|2012 - Ivan Nova||3-0||4||4||0||0||0||0||24.1||36||14||14||4||5||25||5.18||1.68|
#34 / Pitcher / Baltimore Orioles
Mar 06, 1986
|2012 - Jake Arrieta||1-2||5||5||0||0||0||0||30.1||24||17||15||4||9||24||4.45||1.09|
Don't let Nova's ERA fool you, as he's pitched far better than it indicates, and his 3.77 FIP supports that. We should also see him begin to allow less homers, as his 3.15 xFIP shows that he's due for some regression to the mean in the HR/FB category. Hopefully we will see the beginning of that tonight.
The same thing could be said of Arrieta, but to a lesser degree. He has a 4.07 FIP and a 3.79 xFIP so far. He's also been aided by an exceptionally low .235 BABIP, a full 0.040 points lower than his career average of .275. As for his arsenal, he features a fastball/sinker that will occasionally reach 95 mph, but mostly sits around 93 mph. He also throws a curveball and a slider, with a changeup rarely mixed in.
If there's ever a night to have both Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez in the outfield on the same night, it's tonight. Here's hoping Nova can keep striking people out and also keep the ball on the ground when batters inevitably make contact. Preferably, he'll just throw 81 consecutive strikes and we'll get out of here before damage can be done, but maybe that's just asking too much.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Derek Jeter - SS||Endy Chavez - LF|
|Curtis Granderson - CF||J.J Hardy - SS|
|Alex Rodriguez - DH||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Matt Wieters - C|
|Raul Ibanez - RF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Eric Chavez - 3B||Nick Johnson - DH|
|Andruw Jones - LF||Mark Reynolds - 3B|
|Russell Martin - C||Robert Andino - 2B|
Let's go Yankees.