Nova could be the next pitcher traded by the Yankees, the New York Daily News reports. Nova, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, makes perfect sense as a trade option for the Yankees, who picked up a potential replacement in Adam Warren as part of the Aroldis Chapman trade. His home run problem has been particularly ad this season, as he owns a 1.7 HR/9 that would be his worst in any campaign in his career with more than 25 innings pitched if it doesn't improve. A trade could send him to a more favorable pitchers' park, but he hasn't posted a K/9 above 8.0 since 2012, so even that might be enough to fix what ails him.
Nova did not factor into the decision in Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Giants, surrendering an earned run on six hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out seven. The 29-year-old was even better than in his previous start, when he gave up just an earned run over six innings against Baltimore on Monday. Nova went the longest he has in a game all season, while also equaling his second-best strikeout total. The 29-year-old seems to have found some stability in July, giving up only an earned run in three of his last four starts while generating a 2-0 record. He'll look to continue his recent success when he takes on the Rays next Friday.
Nova (7-5) earned the win on Monday, holding the Orioles to one run in six innings. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out four. Nova had a disastrous June, posting a 7.52 ERA over five starts. However, in two of his three starts this month he has allowed just a single run. Nova has also struck out 17 over those three starts. He'll carry a 4.92 ERA into his start this Saturday against the Giants.
Nova (6-5) allowed four runs on five hits while striking out six over 5.1 innings to earn the win Thursday at the Indians. Nova allowed a pair of runs in both the third and sixth innings, and he left the contest with a 5-4 lead that the bullpen was able to hold onto, leading him to his sixth victory of the year. He's now failed to complete six innings in any of his last five starts while allowing at least four runs in four of those outings to raise his ERA to 5.18 on the season. He'll make his next start after the All-Star break.
Nova allowed four runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Monday. He surrendered six hits, walked three, and struck out four. Nova has not had a June to remember. This month he has recorded just one quality start and has failed to complete six innings in any of his last three starts. The 29-year-old has allowed at least one home run in each of his last 10 starts, bringing his ERA to an inflated 5.32. His next start will come Saturday against the Padres.