By Chris Adamski
CINCINNATI – In his second full calendar month with the Pirates and first since signing a three-year contract with the club, Ivan Nova has been honored as the National League’s best pitcher.
Major League Baseball named Nova its pitcher of the month for April after Nova allowed just six runs on 26 hits and one walk in 36 innings over five starts in April. Nova led qualified NL pitchers in walks/hits per inning pitched (0.75) and was second in wins above replacement (1.7) and ERA (1.50) to St. Louis’ Mike Leake.
Nova has two of the five complete games and one of the two shutouts pitched so far this season in the National League – the latter coming in his most recent outing Saturday in Miami. He leads the NL in pitches per inning (12.1), pitches per plate appearance (3.27) and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Nova signed a $26 million contract in December after being acquired Aug. 1 from the New York Yankees for two minor leaguers.
The only other time Nova was given the monthly honor was in August 2013 when he was with the Yankees. He won the AL award after going 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six starts then.
Gerrit Cole was the most recent Pirate to be named N.L. pitcher of the month (April 2015).
Nova’s next scheduled start is in the series finale against the Reds on Thursday. He’s scheduled to be available to the media about two hours prior to Wednesday’s 7:10 first pitch.
>>> Bye, bye Bormann
Three days after his unexpected and frenetic major-league debut and two days after being optioned off the 25-man roster, John Bormann is now officially no longer a major-league roster of any sort. The Pirates on Wednesday, in an expected formality, dropped Bormann from their 40-man roster and outrighted him to Class A Bradenton.
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“It was just buckle-down mode, and I did it.”
“I have been through worse. And I’ll get through this and be better for it.”
>>> Wednesday’s game: Reds at Pirates, 7:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: Lineup TBA RHP Jameson Taillon (2-0, 2.08)
Reds: Lineup TBA. RHP Rookie Davis (0-1, 11.17)
Gamecast: Taillon has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts, permitting a total of three in those four outings. … In facing the Reds at PNC Park on April 11, Taillon was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk in six innings. … He faced Davis that day; it was by far Davis’ best start of the three he’d made in his young career: one run on two hits and four walks with three strikeouts in four innings. But after taking a Taillon line drive off his forearm, Davis was placed on the 10-day disabled list. … Davis was tagged for eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings in his lone start since then, April 26 at Milwaukee.
>>> Thursday’s game: Pirates at Reds, 12:35 p.m., Great American Ball Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: Lineup TBA. RHP Ivan Nova (3-2, 1.50)
Reds: Lineup TBA. RHP Tim Adelman (0-1, 4.70)
>>> Friday’s game: Brewers at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Brewers: Lineup TBA. RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-2, 5.34)
Pirates: Lineup TBA. RHP Chad Kuhl (1-2, 6.26)
>>> Saturday’s game: Brewers at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Brewers: Lineup TBA. RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 3.88)
Pirates: Lineup TBA. RHP Gerrit Cole (1-3, 3.50)
>>> Sunday’s game: Brewers at Pirates, 1:35 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Brewers: Lineup TBA. RHP Zach Davies (2-2, 6.07)
Pirates: Lineup TBA. RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-1, 6.97)
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.