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Carl Pavano beats Red Sox, continues to thrive for Twins

Apr 12, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

Ron Gardenhire said before this afternoon’s Target Field opener that he was glad the Twins had Carl Pavano lined up for the start because the 34-year-old right-hander had pitched for the Marlins in the World Series and on a big stage with the Yankees.
Yankees fans who watched his forgettable five-year stint in New York will probably get a chuckle out of that notion and it seems far-fetched to me too, but there’s denying how well Pavano has pitched since joining the Twins in the middle of last season.
Acquired from the Indians in early August for mid-level pitching prospect Yohan Pino, Pavano tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Red Sox today and is now 7-4 with a 4.15 ERA and 69/17 K/BB ratio in 86.2 innings for the Twins. He also pitched well in his lone playoff start last October, holding the Yankees to a pair of runs over seven innings in a tough loss.
Pavano’s name will forever bring up bad memories for Yankees fans and because of that he’ll probably never live down the reputation for being an oft-injured disappointment, but he hasn’t missed a start since 2008 and has reemerged as a very solid mid-rotation starter. Regardless of the size of the stage.

  1. Ryan - Apr 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    It was only a four-year stint for Pavano with the Yankees, as any diehard Yankee would tell you. Not a five-year one.

  2. D-Luxxx - Apr 12, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    I guess it wasn’t that forgettable then… You could also argue that he only played with the Yankees for 3 seasons seeing as how he was injured all of 2006. Regardless, he’s been solid for the Twins.

  3. Don - Apr 12, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Bunch of idiots!
    Is it Pavano’s fault that he’s often injured? He usually pitches well when he’s healthy. That’s the risk you take with pitchers. The Yanks bought a relatively young pitcher coming off an outstanding season. It wasn’t a bad choice.
    On the other side of the fence, look at the mediocrity that is Jamie Moyer, who could wind up with 275 wins before he hangs it up. At Moyer’s peak, he was only an average pitcher. If he happens to hang around until he’s 52 and win 300 games, he might be the first player to notch that many wins who is excluded from the Hall of Fame. However, he’s certainly durable!

  4. D-Luxxx - Apr 13, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    Moyer is a lefty with a pulse. That pretty much ensures he’ll find his way onto somebody’s roster as long as he wants to play.

  5. D-Luxxx - Apr 13, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    Also, Pavano’s rib injury was from a car accident, and he didn’t tell the Yanks that he had it until right before they were ready to call him up. It was about two weeks between when he was hurt and when he told the organization. I’m not trashing on the guy, as I’m a Twins fan (and hate the Yankees), and he’s performed admirably. By the way, who are you calling an idiot? A little immature, don’t you think?

  6. Cru11 - Apr 13, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    And the Sox still weren’t able to hit his 88mph fastball down the chute. Geez.

  7. dp - Apr 13, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    If he had any conscience he’d refund the Yankees some money. What a beaten they took on that sissy. The ultimate DL stint ,was the strained buttocks. If he sneezed too hard , he was on the DL. Good riddance.

  8. jackie boy - Apr 13, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    I like the Twins, and it seems they’re having better luck with him than the Yankees did. This guy is like a time bomb, you’ll never know when he’s going to explode. Good luck to the Twins.

  9. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 13, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Pretty much agree with this (minus the Twins thing since I’m a Yanks fan), but it wasn’t like Pavano was a bad pitcher with the Yanks, he just couldn’t get on the field. As to who was the cause of that, well that’s another story…

  10. banosd - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    I remember when he was on the Yankees and he pitched well against the Twins. He is their kind of pitcher, pounds the strike zone and lets the defense do their thing.

  11. Big Harold - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    A little perspective might be in order here. When the Yankees signed Pavano, he was the best free agent pitcher on the market, that FA season. And, as we all know it blew up in the Yankees faces. The Yankees outbid everybody else and it was pointed to as an example of Yankees front office incompetence and deep pockets. The Red Sox, et al, weren’t smarter than the Yankees, just cheaper. Had it been less of a mistake had he signed with the Red Sox or some other team for 35 mil and spent the same time on the DL??
    Pavano was often injured which one would be hard pressed to “blame” him for it. At the same time there was the incident where he was in a car accident, when he fractured a rib, and neglected to tell the Yankees about it. And, there were obvious and vocal concerns from his team mates concerning his dedication and commitment. To me when your team mates have concerns that is a great big indicator of who you are as a ball player and in the case not a very good one.
    Nevertheless, as a Yankee fan I have no ill will towards him, unless he’s pitching against the Yankees. But the truth is that he is a best an innings eater with average ability. He took one decent year and parlayed it into a big FA contract but then spent what should have been the prime of his career, in the most dynamic stage in baseball, on the DL. He didn’t succeed, he didn’t even fail, he was just not a player. Too bad for the Yankees and too bad him too. Yesterday’s performance has as much to do with the Red Sox’s weak line up as Pavano’s ability so lets not get too carried away with it.

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  13. Nasty Boy - Apr 17, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    I like your post Harold, as much as Pavano pissed me off , you made alot of sense in clarifying his situation with the Yanks. I just wished he could have given the Yanks a little bang for their buck.

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