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ALCS 2010: New York Yankees Named The Wrong Fourth Starter

New York Yankees need a fourth starter for the ALCS. But the one they named was wrong. It should not have been A.J. Burnett, but rather Ivan Nova.

Nova, whom the Yankees refused to trade, was a major reason that they didn't get Cliff Lee from the Mariners midseason. He has since justified their retaining him. Except for one very bad start that skewed his respectable 4.50 ERA upward, he has been quite a serviceable pitcher both as a starter and a reliever. And he's only 23, in his first season.

There is a very good reason that Nova was the "not Lee." Cliff Lee is a very good pitcher in the present. But Nova could be the pitcher for the future. That's why he was rightly put in the "untouchable" category earlier reserved for the likes of Phil Hughes ...

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