Tag:Carl Pavano
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:44 am
 

3 up, 3 down for 4/14: Here's Johnny

By Matt Snyder

3UP

Johnny Damon, Rays. He set a record Thursday night, in case you didn't hear. A quite obscure one, but a record nevertheless. When Damon hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, it was the fifth team for which he'd hit a walk-off homer -- the others being the Royals, Red Sox, Yankees and Tigers. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he's the first player in major-league history to do so. That speaks to both longevity and bouncing around. For the present, however, the concentration should be on the Rays' third straight victory.

Randy Wolf, Brewers. After starting the season 0-4, the Brewers are now 7-5. Thursday night, they owed a big portion of their victory to the man on the hill. Wolf allowed just three hits and two walks with zero earned runs and didn't allow a Pirates player past second base. He also struck out 10 men. Big outing for Wolf and the Brewers are really rolling now.

Hanley Ramirez, Marlins. He entered the game hitting .194 with a dreadful .553 OPS. The star shortstop has been badly outplayed by Rockies star Troy Tulowitzki to this point. Thursday, Ramirez showed signs of life. He got on base five times in five plate appearances, going 3-3 with two walks, a run and an RBI. This could be exactly the thing he needs to get going. With the Marlins being 7-5 now, basically without his bat, watch out.

3DOWN

The Twins. Joe Mauer is going to the DL. Rays starter James Shields allowed 11 baserunners, but the Twins only scored twice. Twins starter Carl Pavano threw an absolute gem (eight innings, four hits, zero runs, seven strikeouts) and it was wasted by the bullpen. And it wasn't just two random members of the 'pen. It was Joe Nathan, who coughed up the lead in the ninth on a two-RBI Matt Joyce double, and Matt Capps -- who lost the game on Damon's aforementioned shot in the 10th.

Mariners offense. They were already starting with a strike against them. Adam Kennedy was hitting cleanup. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. Then the Mariners go out and get handcuffed by Bruce Chen. In fairness to Chen, he had a 4.07 ERA and 1.38 WHIP last year, so he's not the worst pitcher in baseball or anything. It's just that he's still Bruce Chen and held Seattle to six hits, a walk and zero runs over eight innings. That shouldn't be happening to a major-league offense. Then again, Adam Kennedy should never be batting cleanup even in a minor-league offense.

Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers. He got off to a stellar start to the season, but it came crashing down Thursday night as the Cardinals let loose against the right-hander. He was only able to get through five innings, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs as the Dodgers lost 9-5.

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Posted on: March 27, 2011 7:59 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/27: McClellan's super spring

By Matt Snyder

3 UP

Kyle McClellan, Cardinals. He can't make the Cardinals forget about Adam Wainwright, but he's doing his damnedest to try. The Cards' No. 5 starter -- who only got a shot at the rotation when Wainwright was lost for the season -- went six strong innings Sunday. He did allow an earned run, just the second of the spring, to shoot his ERA all the way up to 0.78. He struck out five while allowing only five baserunners.

Rajai Davis, Blue Jays. Man, what a day. Davis went 5-5 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored. Oh yeah, he stole a base, too, for good measure.

Chris Coghlan, Marlins. He's had a shortened spring due to some injuries, but Sunday should prove he's on track to begin the season on a good note. The outfielder went 2-3 with a triple -- which was bases-loaded clearing -- two runs and three RBI. With Mike Stanton back in full effect and the presence of Logan Morrison, the Marlins have a strong young outfield.

3 DOWN

Chris Davis, Rangers. He only got one at-bat, but made it count with a strikeout. This is notable because, as blogger Scott Lucas points out , Davis struck out in eight of his last 11 at-bats. In fairness to Davis, we should point out he's got an OPS of over 1.100 with five home runs and 17 RBI this spring.

Carl Pavano, Twins. He was treated poorly by his former 'mates, as the Yankees touched Pavano up in six innings -- to the tune of 11 hits and five runs. His spring ERA is still a sweet 2.16, though.

Ricky Romero, Blue Jays. In 5 1/3 innings, Romero gave up eight hits and five earned runs. Even worse, the outing came against the Orioles, who had zero projected starters in the lineup. So he essentially allowed a run per inning to backup players on a team that finished in last place last season. On the bright side, he did strikeout six and walk none.

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:00 am
 

Getting to know the Cardinals

By C. Trent Rosecrans

MVP

Sure, it seems like a cop-out or too obvious, but how is any talk of a Cardinals' most valuable player going to come down to anyone but the best player in the game, Albert Pujols?

Albert PujolsHow good is Pujols? Last season he was second in the MVP voting after a .312/.414/.596 season. He led the National League in home runs (42) and RBI (118), as well as all the majors in runs (115) -- and it was still reasonable to call it a "down" year for him.

Pujols has three MVP trophies so far in his career and it'd be an upset if he didn't finish his career with at least four.

PLAYER ORACLE

Rogers Hornsby played with Buck Jordan for the 1927 New York Giants
Buck Jordan played with Johnny Vander Meer for the 1937 Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Vander Meer played with Minnie Minoso for the 1951 Cleveland Indians
Minnie Minoso played with Jim Morrison for the 1980 Chicago White Sox
Jim Morrison played with John Smoltz for the 1988 Atlanta Braves
John Smoltz played with Colby Rasmus for the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals

Alyssa MilanoPOP CULTURE

Anthony Morton "Tony" Micelli not only had to retire from his spot as a second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals because of a shoulder injury, but he also lost his wife and then had to swallow his pride and become a live-in housekeeper for an advertising executive in Connecticut.

Sure, it could be a sad story, but in the end, it provided more laughs than tears, even if we never learned exactly Who's the Boss?

Tony Danza played Micelli in the eight seasons of the sitcom that aired from 1984 to 1992. On the show, his daughter was played by Alyssa Milano (right), who took the inspiration from her ballplayer TV dad and has been connected to Major League Baseball for several years. Milano has dated several  big league players, including former Cardinal Brad Penny, along with Carl Pavano and Barry Zito.

Milano isn't just attracted to players, but also the game. In 2007 she was playoff correspondent for MLB.com and in 2009, she wrote a book called Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic. She also designed a line of baseball-themed clothes for women, sold at MLB.com.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Carmona tabbed to start opening day

Posted by C. Trent Rosecrans

Fausto CarmonaThe Indians tabbed Fausto Carmona as their opening-day starter on Monday, before he went out to work two scoreless innings against the Reds at the team's shared home in Goodyear, Ariz.

Carmona will start opposite Mark Buehrle of the White Sox on April 1 at Progressive Park in Cleveland.

Not that it's much of a surprise -- it was Carmona or… Carlos Carrasco? But anyway, it was official until Monday when manager Manny Acta was asked if it was a "safe assumption" Carmona would start on opening day.

"That's a good assumption," Acta told reporters, including MLB.com. "Yeah, he's our opening day starter. He deserves that."

And while there are plenty we can assume -- we won't. Here's the official list so far:

Cubs -- Ryan Dempster
Dodgers -- Clayton Kershaw
Indians -- Fausto Carmona
Mets -- Mike Pelfrey
Rangers -- C.J. Wilson
Reds -- Edinson Volquez
Twins -- Carl Pavano
White Sox -- Mark Buehrle

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:53 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Buehrle to start opening day for White Sox

Mark BuehrleAnother day, another opening day starter announced. Today, it's the White Sox's Ozzie Guillen saying he'll hand the ball to Mark Buehrle in Cleveland on April 1.

Oh, except this one isn't "official."

"It's Buehrle unless something drastic happens," Guillen told reporters, including Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

Buehrle will be making his ninth opening-day start, so it's hardly a surprise. Still, it's a rite of spring for each one of these to be made public. Few will be surprising, but many managers will make sure they keep it under wraps as long as possible, for some reason.

So here's the list we've got so far:

Reds -- Edinson Volquez

Cubs -- Ryan Dempster

Rangers -- C.J. Wilson

Twins -- Carl Pavano

White Sox -- Mark Buehrle

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 10, 2011 9:48 am
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

Francisco Liriano Because, I guess, Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra have worked out so well for the Twins, the team is apparently open to dealing ace Francisco Liriano, Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes .

Liriano, 27, is a free agent after the 2012 season and the team doesn't appear interested in signing him to a long-term deal, Christensen writes. The two sides avoid arbitration last week, but Liriano's side was looking for a three-year, $39 million contract.

Last season, Liriano was 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA in 31 starts. He struck out 201 in 191 2/3 innings. He was also second in the majors in xFIP at 3.06, behind Roy Halladay. Liriano has a history of arm injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2006.

In 2008, the Twins had a left-handed ace they couldn't sign in the last year of his contract in Johan Santana, receiving just the aforementioned Gomez, Humber, Mulvey and Guerra in return for the left-hander from the Mets. The thought with Liriano is that they can receive more with more time left under team control.

The Twins have five other starters -- Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey -- and their top prospect, Kyle Gibson, is a starter, so they see Liriano as replaceable and attractive to a team like the Yankees, who are looking to fill their rotation.

However, the Twins need Liriano to help compete in the AL Central and dealing him now doesn't help the team in pursuit of its first postseason series victory since 2002. None of their other five big-leaguers have the stuff Liriano does or the ability to dominate like he can.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 10:57 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:57 am
 

Twins must sort out starters

Brian Duensing
With the return of Carl Pavano, the Twins are faced with a problem any team would like to have: too many proven starting pitchers.

Minnesota heads into spring training with six pitchers who each won at least 10 games last season: Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey and Brian Duensing. All but one had both a winning record and an ERA under 4.50 (Blackburn, at 10-12, 5.42).

So who goes to the bullpen? That's not a decision the Twins have to make just yet, and might not have to make at all, because there are some unknowns. Blackburn and Baker both had arthroscopic elbow surgery after the season, and though both are projected to be fully ready to start spring training, there's always the possibility of a setback. Slowey also dealt with some injuries last season.

But if all six are good to go on opening day, who's the odd man out of the rotation? Duensing (pictured) has the most relief experience, making 40 appearances out of the bullpen last season, but the Twins liked what they saw from him down the stretch as a starter, when he went 7-2 with a 2.32 ERA. He also gives them a second left-hander to go with Liriano. Blackburn was the statistical weak link last season, but advanced stats (for example, a 4.62 xFIP) show he might have been better than his record, and should be due for a bounceback. Slowey's 39-21 record as a starter is going to buy him the benefit of the doubt.

Pitching coach Rick Anderson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune he's not complaining about his "problem."

“Hopefully they all stay healthy, and it’s a tough decision,” Anderson said.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Pavano, Twins finally complete deal

Carl Pavano
As expected, Carl Pavano will return to the Twins, as the two sides finally consummated a two-year deal worth $16.5 million.

Pavano held out a long time hoping to get a three-year deal, but at age 35 apparently couldn't find any takers. His signing removes the last front-line starter from the free-agent market. The Nationals, Rangers, Pirates and Mariners were rumored to have interest at various points, but in recent weeks it has been apparent he was headed back to the Twin Cities.

Pavano went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and a, ERA+ of 111 -- the third-best of his 12-year career. Since being traded from Cleveland to Minnesota late in the 2009 season, he is 22-15 with a 3.97 ERA.

-- David Andriesen

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