Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Carl Pavano?

In case you missed it, Carl Pavano has more wins in the month of May than any pitcher in the major leagues. More than Johan Santana, more than Justin Verlander, more than this year's flavor of the month, Zack Greinke.

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.


Blogger Motherscratcher said...

Pavano has been a pleasant surprise on a team that has had very few of them. It's nice to snipe a player from the Yankees isntead of the other way around, for a change.

I don't know what to do with Carmona. He's getting worse all the time. I hate to give up on him, but what other options are there? Bullpen?

The Bullpen is just starting to look a little better. Do we want to throw Carmona in there?

May 29, 2009 at 5:47 PM 

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