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What was Girardi’s take on Ivan Nova’s subpar outing?
“He got in a lot of long counts, which really got his pitch count up in a hurry. He had to work really hard to get to where he was at. When you get in those long counts, those 3-1 and 3-2, they’re going to be able to put some pretty good swings on you and your pitch count is going to grow quickly. That’s what happened today.”
“I always worry about starters the first time through to begin a season. I think they can get a little excited, they can get a little hyped up. Position players go through it for one day; for a pitcher, if you’re the second starter, it builds up a couple days. Third starter, it’s more, fourth starter it’s even more. I don’t judge them too quickly on their first starts, because that’s a concern. For him, it’s consistency down in the zone. The hits that he did give up today were up.”