Nova looks to become the first Yankees rookie in 72 years to win nine straight starts when New York heads to Camden Yards.
The Yankees (87-54) and Orioles (56-85) will be making up one of the games from a postponed doubleheader Aug. 27, when Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc with their schedule. With the storm approaching, New York wanted to play a doubleheader Aug. 26, but Baltimore refused, having just returned from a 10-game road trip.
That resulted in the game being rescheduled for Thursday, which had been the Yankees’ only remaining off day. New York is also off Sept. 15 but will be traveling from Seattle to Toronto.
The rescheduling caused some sniping between New York manager Joe Girardi and Baltimore counterpart Buck Showalter before the date was settled on.
Girardi’s team will head to Anaheim after this contest to begin a three-game set Friday.
Nova (15-4, 3.89 ERA) was scheduled to start the first game of the Aug. 27 twinbill, and now he’ll look to continue his win streak at the Orioles’ expense again. Two of his victories during the run have come versus Baltimore, as he pitched seven innings each time and gave up five total runs.
Nova, with a 3.29 ERA during his streak, can become the first Yankees rookie to win nine consecutive starts since Atley Donald won nine in a row in 1939. The last Yankee to win nine straight starts was Ron Guidry, who ran off 11 in a row in 1979.
The right-hander has gone 11-0 with a 3.43 in his last 12 starts - all of which were Yankees victories. He has won six consecutive road starts with a 2.93 ERA and allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last seven road outings.
While Nova will be looking to extend multiple winning streaks, the Yankees saw their six-game run come to an end with a 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Baltimore avoided the sweep in the teams’ second straight soggy matchup, with Mark Reynolds(notes) delivering the go-ahead RBI single with two outs after striking out four times.
“We don’t have to worry about making up this game, and that’s a good thing,” Girardi said. “But physically, it’s been a grind. There’s no doubt about it.”
The right-hander lost his second straight start, though the first of those came in a solid outing versus New York, as he went seven innings and gave up three runs in a 3-2 home defeat Aug. 29.
Simon has gone 1-4 with a 5.80 ERA in his last six starts.
New York has won 13 of 17 meetings this season.