Super Nova makes dazzling debut as Yankees beat Orioles 6-2

The Yankees (1-3) knew that it wasn’t a time to panic when they entered Camden Yards. The Yankees had been 0-3 before in 1998 which led them to the World Series later that year. Tonight as they faced Brian Matusz on the mound, the Yankees bats were alive and Ivan Nova dazzled as the Yankees defeated the Orioles (3-1) 6-2.

SUPER NOVA DAZZLED: Ivan Nova had all of his pitches working for him. He had the dancing slider, the dancing curveball and he was able to spot his fastball on both sides of the strike zone. Although Nova gave up 10 hits, the 10 hits didn’t matter since all the Orioles were able to get were a measly 2 runs.

JETER GOES 4-4: Derek Jeter continues his hot hitting for the Yankees, going 4-4 in the game. Jeter raised his batting average to .412 and Jeter doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.

GARDNER MAKES A CASE: Brett Gardner wasn’t originally in the Yankees lineup vs. Brian Matusz but he came in the game in the bottom of the 6th inning as a defensive replacement. His offense and defense was impressive today as he went 1 for 2 with a SB and an RBI. Gardner also made a catch that not many other outfielders in the game could have made to end the game for Mariano Rivera. Maybe Girardi might want to reconsider having him in the lineup more often.

ROBERTSON GETS A BIRTHDAY APPEARANCE: On David Robertson‘s 26th Birthday last year, he was able to get the relief win for the Yankees. On David Robertson‘s 27th Birthday, he made an 8th inning relief appearance and although Robertson was in a little jam, he was able to get out of it with 2 strikeouts and a ground ball. (Oh, and the fact that he was able to make Nick Markakis argue with the home plate umpire was an amusing bonus for Yankees fans.)

GRANDERSON’S BAT IS ICE COLD: Curtis Granderson started last season with red hot hitting, but this season started out with an ice cold bat. Granderson was 1 for 4 with a BB but his overall average is .188. We all know Granderson is better than this. All he has to do is figure out how to not hit into the shift and everything will work out fine.

PETTITTE HAS ANOTHER OUTING: No, Andy Pettitte isn’t in the Bronx, but he made an outing for the Tampa Yankees and I must say it was quite impressive. His final line was: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB. Looks like Andy Pettitte will be in the Bronx before we know it. No word when his next start is.

WHAT’S NEXT: Game 2 in Camden Yards will have Freddy Garcia on the mound making his season debut! Hopefully the Yankees can continue their hitting and get another win vs. the Orioles! The game is on MY9 tomorrow at 7:05pm.

YANKEES FACT: After tonight’s win, the Yankees are 101-55 in Camden Yards.

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Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on April 10, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Jeter looked great last night. Robertson still gives me a heart attack when he comes in the game. I know most of you are already signing him up as the closer next year I just can’t see it with what he does.

  2. I agree Matt. Mike Axisa brought up on Twitter last night that he would not mind trading Robertson with his value this high because this high wire act might be short lived. I dont think what they would get back for him being a non closer reliever would be worth it so I dont agree but it was a point I never heard before and Axisa is a smart guy.

    • agreed Axisa knows his stuff. Something I never thought of but sure why not? I’m telling you he can’t close with what he does now. It won’t work.

  3. I disagree with you guys on Robertson. The guy is a huge asset. Does he walk too many hitters….yes. But he makes up for it by striking out hitters at a higher rate than anyone in MLB!

    He is very dificult to hit and even harder to hit for extra bases. Last year, he held batters to a .170 batting average, and even with the high walks only a .280 OBP. Even more impressive is UNHEARD of .226 SLG% against! All that adds up to a .506 OPS against.

    When you turn every hitter into a .506 OPS hitter you end up with a 1.08 ERA.

    Mike Axisa is a smart guy but trading Robertson now would be the dumbest move of all-time. What would he bring in trade that helps them more than what he does now? Do you really feel better when Rafael Soriano comes in than when Robertson does? Every team in baseball would love to have Robertson. Add in the fact that he makes peanuts and the guy is ideal.

    • Thats is why I said i did not agree with Mike Fish. I just don’t see them getting enough back since he is a non closer reliever. I was just bringing something up.

      • I agree. You may think teams would pay more in a trade due to his great strikeout rate, but you’d be ignoring his higher than average walk rate. Basically it would be a wash, and Robertson would likely draw little more than an average middle reliever would.

        The team is better off holding onto him, especially since they could be without Rivera next season. Robertson could be the team’s next closer, which would be more valuable than what they could get in a trade at this point.

    • Fishjam…
      Hi, buddy…there you go again, with all those numbers…by the by, great numbers!
      Truth be told, we have a guy that is almost the perfect fit for Mo’s job next year…damn it, don’t start laughing just think on it.
      His name is JOBA! Before you guys say, not a chance etc., and a few not so nice things…just check it out.
      The guy has had his wake-up call, he has great stuff, passable C&C (better than most). The thing is he has dedicated himself to getting in shape and learning how to use his God-given talents (which are many). When he comes back and his arm is in good working order (next year?) I think he will show what many of us saw in him before.
      True, someone will have to convince him to start his slider more into the right batters box, the last couple years, hitters know the slider coming and lay off of it, if it is centered on the plate because it would end up being a ball on the other side of the plate.
      But heck, you know all that anyhow! Take it easy on me, I might have a heart attack! :)

      • My vote is for Aardsma. He has been a closer before and was very good at it.

        • I still think Robertson can and will be the closer, but I’m with ya Matt. Aardsma if he comes back healthy later on this year and proves he can pitch again, he certainly should get a crack at closing.

          • Good thinking guys…
            I think we should let the games begin, next year! The best one of the three should get the job and replaced at any time but do not put them on a short rope…give them a chance to make the grade…or not! :)

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