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Carl Pavano loses to Royals, but defeats garbage can

May 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Carl Pavano

Francisco Liriano‘s struggles are more extreme and have gotten more attention during the Twins’ awful first month, but Carl Pavano has been plenty terrible himself with a 5.84 ERA through six starts.

More worrisome than the bloated ERA is that Pavano’s strikeout rate continues to plummet, dropping from 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 2009 after the Twins acquired him at midseason to 4.8 per nine innings last year and now 4.1 per nine innings this season.

For some context, his rotation-mate Nick Blackburn‘s career rate of 4.3 strikeouts per nine innings is dead last among all active MLB pitchers with 500 innings. Pavano, like Blackburn, doesn’t induce enough ground balls to thrive with that few missed bats, particularly with a shoddy defense behind them.

As a pitching staff the Twins have managed just 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings, which is dead last in MLB. Lots of contact plus sub par defense equals runs in bunches. And speaking of lots of contact … Pavano lost to the Royals yesterday, but at least he defeated a trash can in the dugout:

  1. banksatdixie - May 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Have a filthy dick-broom like that will eventually turn someone into a violent person. He needs to be careful though since we all know how fragile he can be.

  2. JBerardi - May 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    If strikeouts are fascist, the Twins are running some sort of hippie commune. The kind of place that could use a dose of fascism.

  3. dramah - May 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    …and this is all a result of pitchers trying to do too much to make up for a lack of any run support. Must suck going into a game knowing full well that if you give up more than 2 runs you will lose. The Twins can’t get healthy quick enough at this point.

    • rollinghighwayblues - May 2, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      Just ask Felix Hernandez or Roy Oswalt his last years in Houston.

  4. juicebox129 - May 2, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    I don’t remember the Twins defense playing this bad in a long time. If they could just make plays it would drastically decrease the amount of runs given up… oh yeah and Casilla should not be playing.

  5. BC - May 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Fear the Pavanostache.

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      Good advice for Twins fans.

  6. sknut - May 2, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    The best part was when the FSN cameras showed him doing that the announcer said “If he keeps doing that he will be hitting in the middle of the lineup soon”┬áthat was classic and true.

  7. sportsdrenched - May 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    And it’s not like Hochocinco and Sean O’Sullivain didn’t do their best to get the Twins offense going.

  8. Jonny 5 - May 2, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Well, at least it wasn’t another gatorade dispenser or I’d start to wonder if baseball players had it in for them or not.

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