4:09 AM EDT, Wed August 23, 2017

Pirates mailbag: Is it too early to worry about Ivan Nova?

Welcome back, baseball fans. The Pirates (58-60) have arrived at a pivotal portion of their 2017 schedule, as 34 of their next 38 games are against National League Central opponents. They would do well to win regularly. All questions are sic’d. If you have a question for next week’s mailbag, send it to snesbitt@post-gazette.com or to @stephenjnesbitt on Twitter.

Ivan Nova fizzles, Justin Verlander blanks Pirates again in 10-0 win

DETROIT — For 1,909 days, Justin Verlander sought a second chance. It was May 18, 2012, when the Pirates’ Josh Harrison dashed Verlander’s quest for a third no-hitter — something only Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller, Larry Corcoran and Cy Young can claim — with a one-out single in the ninth inning. Over the past five years, the no-hitter has evaded Verlander.
Rum Bunter Aug 9, 2017

Ivan Nova Continues to Struggle as Pittsburgh Pirates Lose to Tigers

The Pittsburgh Pirates watched their three game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday night On Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates were defeated by the Detroit Tigers by a score of 10-0. This loss snapped the team’s three game losing streak and dropped the Pirates to 56-58 on the season. Furthermore, the Pirates remain […] Ivan Nova Continues to Struggle as Pittsburgh Pirates Lose to Tigers - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Pirates Breakdown Aug 9, 2017

Ivan Nova is not fooling anyone, and that is a problem

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Ivan Nova has seen his effectiveness fall off of his late-2016 levels. A lack of deception may be to blame. The Pittsburgh Pirates checked off a major item on their offseason to-do list by signing starting pitcher Ivan Nova to a three-year deal to keep him in Pittsburgh. And why wouldn’t they, […] The post Ivan Nova is not fooling anyone, and that is a problem appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Rum Bunter Aug 9, 2017

Ivan Nova Needs to Reverse His Recent Trends

When Ivan Nova takes the ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight he will be looking to reverse some alarming recent trends The Pittsburgh Pirates traded for Ivan Nova on August 1st last season. Nova then turned in two great months in a Pirate jersey. These two months led to Nova earning a new three-year 26 […] Ivan Nova Needs to Reverse His Recent Trends - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Pirates Breakdown Aug 1, 2017

Can Ivan Nova bounce back in August after rough July?

Ivan Nova will look to return to form for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final months of the 2017 season after recent struggles. During his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ivan Nova has been more than impressive. He proved to be a bargain when the Pirates acquired him at the trade deadline last season and, […] The post Can Ivan Nova bounce back in August after rough July? appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Rum Bunter Jul 29, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates, Ivan Nova Both Continue to Struggle

The week from hell continued for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night The Pittsburgh Pirates have now lost 6 of their past 7 games. This comes after the Bucs had gotten back over .500 at 51-50, pulling to 2 games out of first place in the National League Central. The latest loss came against the […] Pittsburgh Pirates, Ivan Nova Both Continue to Struggle - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Padres hammer Ivan Nova, Pirates lose fourth in a row

SAN DIEGO — Prior to Saturday’s game, manager Clint Hurdle fielded a question about the hard contact Ivan Nova permitted in his two recent starts, the hard contact that resulted in 19 hits and 10 runs in 11 innings.
Rum Bunter Jul 29, 2017

Ivan Nova, Pirates Look to Bounce Back

Tonight is a critical game for the Pittsburgh Pirates A week ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates were on a roll. They had a 51-50 record, were 2 games out of first place in the National League Central, and appeared to be charging toward first place. Since then, however, the team has struggled. The Pittsburgh Pirates […] Ivan Nova, Pirates Look to Bounce Back - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pirates' Nova looks to rebound vs. Padres (Jul 29, 2017)

SAN DIEGO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates' Ivan Nova will start against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, hoping he is better at sea level than at the mile-high elevation.

As trade deadline nears, Ivan Nova reflects on first year with Pirates

There was nothing overly exceptional about Ivan Nova’s three-pitch strikeout in the first inning Sunday at Coors Field, nothing other than the fact he blew an elevated 93 mph fastball past Colorado Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado. Nova, the 30-year-old ender statesman of the Pirates rotation, certainly had no clue or care it was the 383rd out he’d recorded in 2017.
Beaver County Times Jul 23, 2017
Ivan Nova, Pirates rocked in series finale in Colorado

Ivan Nova, Pirates rocked in series finale in Colorado

Trevor Story, pinch-hitter Pat Valaika and Mark Reynolds hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth, and the Colorado Rockies belted five home runs to beat the Pirates 13-3 Sunday.

Ivan Nova hit hard, Pirates offense silent in 13-3 loss to Rockies

DENVER — To take advantage of the Coors Field jet-stream requires putting the baseball in the air. The Colorado Rockies had the right idea Sunday, when they banged five home runs in a 13-3 win, while the Pirates hit just eight balls out of the infield and lost back-to-back games for the first time since July 1-2.

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