Two runs enough for Pavano and pen

Trenton walks off, Tampa gets walked on
Game 135: Lots of runs, please

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If the Yanks are to make an improbable run to October this year, if they are to overcome a six-game gap with just one month of the season left, they’re going to need contributions from three key players. Tonight, those players delivered.

We’ll start with Jason Giambi. The Giambino had, until recently it seems, been slumping badly. His offense since the All Star Break has disappeared, and as he heads into free agency, the Yanks are going to have to decide on his future. They need him to come through in big spots, and over the last few days, he has.

Giambi has now driven in three of the Yanks’ last four runs. He’s also delivered what would be game-winning RBIs in both of the last two contests. The Yanks need this lefty force in the middle of the lineup. Tonight, he came through.

Up next is the second baseman. This year has not been a banner year for Robinson Cano. An early-season slump put him in a big hole, and he still hasn’t really put together a sustained run as he did during the second half of 2007. Tonight, Cano picked up two hits, and while they were largely incidental to the game, those hits are good signs.
With the Yanks generating no offense from their catcher spot, they need Cano to have a hot September. It’s tough to overstate how much better the Yanks are when Cano hits as Cano can.

And finally, in the third spot is a pitcher. It is of course none other than Carl Pavano. We know his tortured Yankee history. We don’t know what Pavano can do for a month if healthy. Perhaps tonight, we glimpsed an omen of good things to come.
For six innings, Pavano kept the Jays’ hitters off balance. While he left a few pitches up, he allowed just three hits and one run on a walk and a strike out. The Jays put the ball in play, but nothing came of it. Somehow, on August 30, Carl Pavano is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA.

Who knows really if Pavano can keep this up? But with Darrell Rasner and Sidney Ponson running a high-wire act every time out, the Yanks need stability in the rotation. Maybe Pavano, pitching for his pride and a new contract, can, for a month, give the Yanks that. It’s the least he could do all things considered.

For one night, Pavano delivered, the Yanks scored just enough off of A.J. Burnett, and the bullpen held the game. For one night, the Yanks are still alive, hoping to stave off the inevitible.

Trenton walks off, Tampa gets walked on
Game 135: Lots of runs, please
  • BklynJt

    The Yankees are 27-9 when Cano has 2 or more hits. In four of those losses, the opposing team scored 6,7,10, and 12 runs. As much as everyone has been getting on Arod, imagine how many more wins this team would have if Cano performed to his career average…

  • Ed

    At first I got excited over how well Pavano pitched. Then I remember Toronto is an all pitching, no offense team. His next two starts are against the Rays and Angels. Probably won’t be pretty.

    Time to sell high, see if we can get anything of even slight interest for him?

    • giselle

      yea i wondered the same thing: does pavano have more value pitching for a few weeks or in a trade to get back a decent positional prospect.

      • MD

        we may find out quickly, since the playoff roster deadline is Sept 1…..which team out there is desperate enough for a SP that they will give up a decent prospect? it can be a PTBNL, also…..I say, move him now.

  • ortforshort

    Didn’t watch the game, but Pavano’s performance is intriguing. I did see his start against Baltimore. He had good location and movement, but his fastball was only topping out at 88. If he can get his velocity up to 92 or so, he can be dangerous and if he can get back to 94-95 where he once was, he is someone that you need to seriously look at for the future despite all of the injury stuff over the last four years. With the mess that the Yankees starting rotation is and with all of the Yankees top starting prospects taking some serious strides backwards this year, Pavano shouldn’t be overlooked. Anyway, the question is – what was the velocity like on his fastball tonite?

  • Raven

    Who’s going to start in our Saviour’s spot if some other team claims him off waiver?

  • Steve

    “Giambi has now driven in three of the Yanks’ last four runs. He’s also delivered what would be game-winning RBIs in both of the last two contests. The Yanks need this lefty force in the middle of the lineup.”

    I guess this is a chicken and egg question. Because the Yanks are scoring so few runs, it would seem we need his production badly.

    Of course, if we had a productive #5 hitter, we would be scoring more runs in the first place and the need wouldn’t seem so dire.

    A better way to look at this would be to check out whether or not the guys IN FRONT of him are doing their jobs and getting on base. Lets go since All-Star break, since thats the standard you applied to Giambi.

    Since All Star break
    Damon .379 OBP
    Jeter .365 OBP
    Abreu .429 OBP

    So we know these guys are getting on base a TON. We all know the RISP #s of A-Rod and Giambi and I can’t find a post all star RISP split. If someone can, please post it.

    But we can conclude that its not the fault of the offense as a whole, but specifically the #4 and #5 hitters not driving in the guys in front of them.

    • Steve

      BTW-A “Men on base” situational split post all star for Alex and Giambi would be even better. That would be a perfect apples to apples comparison.

  • Glen L.

    Pavano was pretty lucky, he got hit HARD and out OFs were in place to make the catches. A 1-1 BB-K ratio will not get it done.

    I’m thrilled the yanks won, but lets not go crazy over Pavano’s start. Burnett was much much better last night

  • Manimal

    Hes done his job, stop complaining. 6 great innings is just what we needed from him.

    • Nickel

      Exactly. He kept the team in the game. That’s all you can ask of your tenth-man in the rotation.