Thursday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Ivan Nova

September 05, 2013 - 6:24 am

For the first time as a member of the Red Sox, Jake Peavy will make his mark on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry when he faces off vs. Ivan Nova on Thursday in the opening game of a pivotal four-game series with New York. Peavy'€™s met every expectation thrown at him ever since the Red Sox acquired him from the White Sox at the trade deadline. Since joining Boston, Peavy owns a 3.18 ERA and a .958 WHIP in 39 2/3 innings. He'€™s allowed less than three runs in five of his six starts with the Red Sox, including a complete-game victory against the Dodgers two starts ago. Peavy followed up his gem in Los Angeles with another solid performance in his latest outing. Peavy defeated his former team at Fenway Park on Saturday. The righty lasted seven innings, allowing five hits, two runs and one walk with four strikeouts. '€œHe'€™s been everything we could'€™ve hoped for since coming over here,'€ manager John Farrell said after Saturday's game. '€œHe'€™s worked deep in games. He'€™s thrown a lot of strikes. He'€™s made some big pitches in key moments when he'€™s needed to. Even when he'€™s got some traffic on the basepaths, he finds a way to minimize the overall damage.'€ The last time Peavy faced New York was in July of 2012. He took the loss despite striking out 11 Yankees. Opposing Peavy on the mound for the Yankees will be Nova, who has gone from a disaster nearly every time he took the mound in 2012 to one of New York's most reliable starters this season. Nova posted a 5.02 ERA last season, this coming a year removed from a solid rookie campaign that placed him fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. Almost nothing went right for Nova in 2012, as he allowed more than 10 hits per nine innings, three walks per nine innings and 28 home runs. The one positive from his season was a significant jump in his strikeout rate. In 2011 Nova only struck out 5.3 batters per nine innings. That number improved to 8.1 last year. The strikeout-to-walk ratio has nearly stayed the same this season (8.0), but his ERA and WHIP improved dramatically. In one year, his ERA went from 5.01 to 2.88, and his WHIP from 1.468 to 1.262. His 8.0 K/9 ranks second among Yankees starters, ahead of CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte. Nova'€™s season didn'€™t start well, as he landed on the disabled list in late April and received a demotion the following month. The fourth-year righty returned to the team in less than a month, and ever since the calendar flipped to July, Nova has been lights out. In 10 starts and 74 1/3 innings from the beginning of July, Nova sports a 2.06 ERA. His best start of the year came in his latest, as he tossed his first career complete-game shutout against Baltimore on Saturday. Nova has not started vs. the Red Sox this season. Red Sox vs. Nova (RHP) David Ortiz (15 plate appearances): .308/.400/.615, 1 HR, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 2 walks Dustin Pedroia (9): .500/.556/.750, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 walk Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8): .000/.000/.000, 5 strikeouts Daniel Nava (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Mike Carp (5): .333/.600/.333, 1 RBI, 2 walks Jacoby Ellsbury (5): .000/.000/.000 1 RBI, 1 strikeout John McDonald (5): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI Mike Napoli (3): .000/.333/.000 Stephen Drew (2): 1.000/1.000/3.000, 1 HR, 1 double, 1 RBI Ryan Lavarnway, David Ross, Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks, Brandon Snyder, Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino have not faced Nova. Yankees vs. Peavy (RHP) Alfonso Soriano (37): .281/.378/.656, 3 HR, 3 doubles, 7 RBIs, 5 walks, 9 strikeouts Ichiro Suzuki (25): .320/.320/.360, 1 double, 2 strikeouts Mark Reynolds (21): .150/.190/.150, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts Curtis Granderson (14): .286/.286/.643, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Derek Jeter (10): .000/.200/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Lyle Overbay (10): .143/.400/.143, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Robinson Cano (9): .444/.444/.889, 1 HR, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Alex Rodriguez (6): .167/.167/.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Vernon Wells (6): .167/.167/.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Brett Gardner (4): .250/.250/.250 Eduardo Nunez (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk Austin Romine, Chris Stewart and David Adams have not faced Peavy.