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"American Idle" no more: Carl Pavano is thriving in Minnesota

Jul 23, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

Carl Pavano became a punchline during his time in New York because of injuries and an overall lack of durability, but he’s healthy now and has been one of the league’s biggest workhorses this season.
Pavano shut out the Orioles last night for his second straight complete game and fourth complete game in his last seven starts, improving to 12-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 starts this season.
He now ranks second in the league with five complete games and third in the league with 143.2 innings, which is just two fewer frames than he threw during his entire four-year stint with the Yankees.
Minnesota acquired Pavano from Cleveland last August for a mid-level prospect named Yohan Pino and then re-signed him to a one-year deal this offseason. He’s now made 32 total starts for the Twins, which is basically one full season’s worth of action, and is 17-10 with a 3.73 ERA and 140/35 K/BB ratio in 217.1 innings.
Since the trade Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, and CC Sabathia are the only pitchers in baseball to log more innings than Pavano.

  1. ThatGuy - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    How dare you write a blog about Pavano and not mention the mustache….

  2. Md23Rewls - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Pavano is a disgusting human being. He should have given all of that unearned Yankee money to charity. He doesn’t deserve it.

  3. Md23Rewls - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    I hope he gets hit by a car.

  4. Gus - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    The moustache is clearly the source of his powers. If only it had worked for Punto and Blackburn as well.

  5. Pisano - Jul 23, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    I totally agree , I don’t know how he can look at himself in the mirror .

  6. Wings - Jul 23, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    I’m sorry, maybe your sarcasm isn’t coming through very well and I’m just misreading you, but are you seriously hoping this guy gets hit by a car simply because he was injured/ineffective while getting paid a large amount of money by a team that was willing to take the risk and pay him that much?
    With the amount of players the Yankees buy every year you would think missing the mark on one or two of them wouldn’t be the end of the world.
    Maybe I’m not in on the joke, but hoping a guy gets hit by a car just because he didn’t work out for a club is pretty low.

  7. D-Fens Foster - Jul 24, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    It takes quite a small, ignorant, inexperienced man to look at another man who has been through as much as Pavano has in his MLB career and call him a disgusting human being. I’m neither a Twins fan nor am I necessarily a Carl Pavano fan, but what I see happening with Carl this year is what was “supposed” to happen years prior in his oft-injured career: dominance through intelligent and assertive pitching. Be happy for the guy, and for baseball in general to have such a success story based on hard work and determination like this. Now, whether the moustache is or is not the source of this dominance has yet to be seen…

  8. D-Fens Foster - Jul 24, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    You people are a bunch of fat recalcitrant dipshits. Be quiet. Just because your wives havent thought about fucking you in years doesnt make it acceptable for you to vent in such pathetic ways. Go fuck yourselves.

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