Nova exited after just 4.2 innings Saturday against the Brewers but allowed just a single run on seven hits, striking out three. He did not factor into the decision. Nova faced just two more than the minimum through four innings but was removed before completing the fifth after allowing four singles and getting just two outs. Failing to get out of the fifth made him ineligible for the win, but he still got the job done for his team as they went on to win 2-1. Nova will next get the start sometime in next weekend's series against the Reds.
Nova (5-6) allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out five across 5.2 innings as he picked up the win Monday against the Nationals. Nova was spotted a three-run lead following the first inning, and he managed to hold Washington to three runs prior to being lifted from a 6-3 game. He certainly pitched more effectively than in his last start against the Dodgers, when he surrendered seven runs on five home runs over five innings. Nova sports a 4.50 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with a 76:17 K:BB over 98 innings this season.
Nova (4-6) allowed seven runs on nine hits -- including five home runs -- over five innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday. He struck out three and issued two walks. Joc Pederson and Max Muncy went back-to-back in the first inning and Nova went on to allow three more long balls, becoming the first pitcher in Pirates franchise history to serve up five homers in a game. Nova had turned in three straight quality starts coming into Tuesday and he continues to rank among the league leaders in walk rate, but the homer issues make him volatile and risky from start-to-start. If the rest of the Pirates' rotation remains on schedule, Nova will next start Monday at home against Washington.
Nova didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's win over the Mets, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out two in six innings. Nova allowed a couple of runs in the third inning and yielded a solo homer in the sixth to exit trailing 3-0, but the Pirates' offense came alive late with four runs in the ninth inning to spare him of the loss. The 31-year-old wasn't really fooling Mets hitters, producing only four swinging strikes while matching a season low with just two strikeouts, but it was still good for his third straight quality start. He'll wrap up June with an impressive 1.75 ERA over four starts and 25.2 innings in the month, and will carry a 4.02 ERA overall into Tuesday's start against the Dodgers.
Nova spun eight scoreless innings with three hits and eight strikeouts Friday, but he wasn't a factor in the decision in the Pirates' extra-innings loss to the Diamondbacks. Spanning his last three starts, Nova owns a ridiculous 0.92 ERA with 19 strikeouts and five walks in 19.2 innings, but he was matched by Patrick Corbin's gem in this one. At 3.98, Nova's ERA now sits below 4.00 for the first time since April 26, nine outings ago. The innings eater will look to keep this form in his next scheduled mound trip Wednesday at the Mets.