According to the internet, a supernova is an extremely energetic stellar explosion. Supernovae can cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy, before fading from view over several weeks or months.
Is Ivan Nova a supernova?
He has been absolutely dominant this year since making his way back from AAA, and after pitching his first career shutout on Sunday, has an ERA of 2.88 and a W/L record of 8-4. He has been the most reliable starter not named Kuroda for the bulk of the season and his consistency has been impressive.
He doesn’t have no-hit stuff like a Kershaw or Harvey, but Nova has turned into a pitcher this season. It felt like he was more of a thrower the past couple of seasons—getting by on decent stuff—but now it feels like he has a great understanding of how to set up hitters and use all of his pitches to their full effectiveness.
Is this what we can expect from Nova from here on out? Or his he just going to briefly outshine most pitchers and fade from view?