P + D + O = V

The Yanks finally put it all together last night; solid starting pitching (courtesy of Carl Pavano) plus fine defense (including terrific plays from all 4 infielders) plus and a bevy of runs (with the now daily Alex dinger—his fifth). That’s an equation that will result in many victories for the Bombers. Pavano threw strikes yesterday, even with men on base in late innings, and an aggressive Twins team put the ball in play, sometimes hard, but generally within range of the Yankee defense. There will be times, in the future, that those balls don’t become outs, but we suspect that, buoyed by the Yankee offense, Pavano, if he continues in this vein, will have a solid year. “I’ve been through an awful lot and this team stuck behind me through it. I’m glad I could give back,” said Pavano. Nevermind the veracity of the first half of that statement; we hope there will be a lot of giving.

Also worth mentioning: though Pavano, Abreu, and Alex will take the headlines today, just watching last night’s contest was a perfect illustration of why Derek Jeter—who was making plays in the field, getting on base, and running the bases with his usual gusto—is far more valuable than a one-dimensional player like Justin Morneau. When Morneau made the final out, the YES cameras caught the Captain with a sly smile. It’s a shame last year’s BBWAA voters didn’t figure this out.

4 comments… add one
  • I think everyone who watched the game last night and who has followed Pavano’s last couple of years knows that there needs to be a lot more giving by Mr. Pavano. Last night was a great start on the road back into the good graces of Yankees fans everywhere.

    rz - yf April 10, 2007, 11:53 am
  • I missed most of this game.. any reason why he didn’t come out for the 8th? The last week was probably taxing for the bullpen and he didn’t throw too many pitches..

    Lar April 10, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • pavano was tagged for 2 smoked doubles in the 7th. there was no reason to continue with him, just to see him lit up after he had performed so well. this way, it ends with a nice taste in everyone’s mouth, and at 6 games in, with a deep pen, 2 easy innings for the bullpen is hardly an issue. Real hard to second guess the move by Joe.

    YF April 10, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • True, great way for him to sit on. I was just wondering since he only pitched 79 pitches or so, so it was very efficient.

    Lar April 10, 2007, 2:36 pm

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