Pavano has won five of his six start this month for the Indians. Carl Pavano. Who knew? Who expected this? In his first start of the season Pavano gave up nine runs in the first inning. There was no second inning. Now he's 5-1 in May and the winningest pitcher on a staff that includes the regining American League Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee.
There some snickers when the Indians signed the perpetually injured Pavano to a low-risk one-year deal during the off-season. Who's snickering now? Pavano and Lee are the only ones holding the Indians' starting rotation together.
General manager Mark Shapiro said at the start of the season that for the Indians to contend they needed big years from the numbers one and two starters, Lee and Fausto Carmona. Shapiro may get those two big years from starters, but it might be Lee and Pavano instead of Lee and Carmona.