• April 9th @ The Twins

    Posted by on April 9th, 2007 · Comments (11)

    So, what, is A-Rod going to hit 130 homeruns this season?

    Never mind. The big story tonight was Pavano. He gave the Yankees exactly what they needed in this game – seven solid innings on 79 pitches. Of course, thanks to Sidney Ponson, there was not a lot of pressure for Carl in this contest – as he had a 5-run cushion by the time he faced his 4th batter of the evening. Still, you have to be impressed when someone like Pavano actually does what he’s supposed to do when presented with an opportunity.

    What will be interesting to see, in regard to Pavano, is how he does now – going forward, both home and away.

    In 2005, his last season, Pavano had an ERA of 2.89 on the road and 6.89 in the Bronx. This season, albeit just after 2 starts, Pavano has an ERA of 2.57 on the road and 8.31 in the Bronx. Is a pattern forming here? We should know more, for sure, soon.

    Comments on April 9th @ The Twins

    1. Andy
      April 9th, 2007 | 10:46 pm

      No reason for him to come out of this game. I suppose Joe just figured the bullpen needed some work.

    2. baileywalk
      April 9th, 2007 | 11:12 pm

      Yes, it’s a pattern. Based on four innings at home.

      I guess the sky isn’t falling after all.

    3. brockdc
      April 10th, 2007 | 12:12 am

      It should be noted that many of the balls hit in play by Min. hitters were absolutely smoked. But, overall, this is obviously a very positive sign.

      Also, I can’t help but think that Tampa was perhaps the worst possible match-up for Carl. Lots of free swinger/speed demons to take advantage of his long windup.

    4. baileywalk
      April 10th, 2007 | 12:16 am

      Don’t really agree, brock. In his last inning, they seemed to be squaring up the ball, but besides the double and a hit by Hunter, Pavano seemed to keep the ball off the fat of the bat and most of the balls were fairly harmless popups and grounders.

    5. Jen
      April 10th, 2007 | 12:38 am

      I like the fact that he was very efficient with his pitches. If that’s a trend that he can continue, my preseason prediction just may come true. And I think you have to give some credit to the defense as well, for finally getting their shit together. Especially on the turf.

    6. brockdc
      April 10th, 2007 | 1:59 am

      Good point, Bailey.

      Cuddyer (sp?) and Hunter (who hit a couple of absolute peas) had his number, but the rest of their lineup looked fairly off-balance.

    7. rbj
      April 10th, 2007 | 9:13 am

      I would be very happy with 74 home runs from A-Rod this year and return that record to pinstripes.

      There were some hard hit balls by the Twins, difference tonight is that the defense played real well.

    8. April 10th, 2007 | 9:30 am

      ~~~Yes, it’s a pattern. Based on four innings at home.~~~

      Wrong. It’s a pattern based on his *entire* Yankees career, to date – albeit a short career as a result of his inability to pitch.

    9. baileywalk
      April 10th, 2007 | 11:10 am

      Steve, you wrote: “In 2005, his last season, Pavano had an ERA of 2.89 on the road and 6.89 in the Bronx. This season, albeit just after 2 starts, Pavano has an ERA of 2.57 on the road and 8.31 in the Bronx. Is a pattern forming here? We should know more, for sure, soon.”

      How can you consider his home ERA after a total of four innings? You’re asking if a pattern could be continuing BASED on those four bad innings at home.

      I think we can basically throw out Pavano’s ’05. He was injured. And he probably had a nice ERA on the road because — if I remember correctly — he faced three NL teams on the road (the Cards, the Brewers and the Mets).

      Let’s give Pavano four or five starts in the Bronx this season before we decide if he can pitch there or not.

    10. April 10th, 2007 | 11:35 am

      Fair enough.

    11. Raf
      April 11th, 2007 | 3:55 pm

      Let’s give Pavano four or five starts in the Bronx this season before we decide if he can pitch there or not.
      ================
      Even so, it really won’t mean anything

      98: 2.82/5.74
      99: 4.24/8.25
      00: 3.19/2.83
      01: 5.48/7.32
      02: 5.10/5.23
      03: 3.44/5.51
      04: 3.20/2.83
      05: 6.89/2.89

      Some years he has done better @ home, others he’s done better on the road.

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