(Courtesy of Texas Leaguers)
It's been a tough start to Ivan Nova's 2014 campaign after a pretty good Spring Training. His pitch plot for his first 2 starts is above and it tells the whole story of his first 2 starts. He just isn't throwing enough strikes. He's all over the place with his 4-seamer and his curveball, the 2 pitches that he leans on to be successful, and he can't afford a repeat of his early lack of command against a patient veteran Red Sox lineup tonight. The fastballs need to be on the corner, the curveballs need to be somewhere near the zone to get hitters thinking about swinging at them. If Nova can tighten up his command and shrink the spread of that pitch location plot tonight, it'll be a step in the right direction and could give him some positive momentum to build on.
P.S.- Don't forget about the live blog coming later tonight. It should start sometime around 7:30 PM Eastern/6:30 PM Central.