Thursday, April 21, 2005

Carl Pavano: A temporary answer?

The biggest question in some minds for the Yankees' starting rotation this season was Carl Pavano's adjustment to the AL. He's not a pure power pitcher, he had the lowest K/IP ratio of the Yankees' three offseason acquisitions, he was coming semi-home (he's from Connecticut, his parents are Yankees fans and he was a RedSawx farmhand who was part of the Pedro trade) and he's the only one of Johnson/Wright/Pavano who never pitched in the AL.

Right now, he's the Yanks' best pitcher. Pavano turned in the Yanks' first quality start since the THIRD game of the season (8 IP, 1 ER) and he has two of the Yanks' paltry four total QS. Even in his loss to the O's last weekend, he didn't pitch too badly (the defense honked). So he's 1-2 (the other loss was the game he left after getting drilled with a liner through the box) with a sub-3.00 ERA -- at least someone hasn't wholly stunk thus far.

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