Supernova [soo-per-noh-vuh] /ˌsu pərˈnoʊ və/ noun; /ˌsu pərˈnoʊ vi/ the explosion of a star, possibly caused by gravitational collapse, during which the star’s luminosity increases by as much as 20 magnitudes and most of the star’s mass is blown away at very high velocity, sometimes leaving behind an extremely dense core.
On August 1, 2016, The New York Yankees traded pitcher Ivan Nova to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two players to be named later. Nova will be a free agent after this season and before the trade the Pirates were never really part of the process. As far as increasing his value as a free agent is concerned, since coming over from “Gotham,” Nova is undefeated at 4-0 but what may be just as important, he seems to have lit a fire under the Pirates both offensively and defensively and all of that energy and passion was needed as the Pirates made their way to Wrigley Field to face the Chicago Cubs.
Not much more can be said about the Cubs. Unless the sky falls on Joe Madden’s windy city squad they will be the wear the MLB Central crown, and if the rest of the NL doesn’t watch out, Chicago might play out the MLB NL postseason tournament at Wrigley because as of Monday they had a lead over the other two NL division leaders, the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers by at least seven games.
As of Monday the Pirates were in 3rd place in the NL Central trailing the Cubs by 14.5 games but the Pirates should be more concerned about the wildcard race standings than the fantasy of winning the division because gaining a postseason berth in the playoffs via the wildcard route is probably the only way that the Pirates are going to get there.
If the Pirates bunch of “mini-novas” can keep their fires burning in a wind filled, rain soaked, flame extinguishing cavern like Chicago, they might at least have a decent chance to be more than one and done in this year’s MLB postseason.
There can be no more offensive slumps at the plate or unforced and costly errors in the field. Each timely hit, stolen base or strikeout is a step toward the couch or greatness.
When a Bucco chases a bad pitch, throws a wild pitch, commits a questionable miscue, loses a ball in the lights or sun, or gets caught stealing, that is the recipe for watching their peers perform via satellite while they munch on goodies at home.
This is the time for the entire Pirates squad, young and old to either poop or get off of the commode. Because there are other teams just waiting in line. “Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go……
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(The sources for this article was Ryan Hatch, nj.com and espn.com)