Prepare your pot shots. According to a report on MLB.com, Carl Pavano will, in fact, oppose Andy Pettitte in Game 3.
I caught up with the American Idle in the Twins clubhouse after tonight’s game. He took the pregame booing like a man. “I was here Opening Day with Cleveland so I got hammered a lot worse (then),” Pavano said. “Hey, I don’t blame them. I’d boo me too after the four years I spent here. No one was more disappointed in the lack of production I had here than me.”
The Yankees paid Pavano $39.95 million for four years and he started just 26 games. Despite the obvious hard feelings, Pavano actually pitched well against his old team this year. Both starts were no decisions but he pitched 13.1 innings and allowed four runs on 11 hits (2.70 ERA). He also struck out eight and walked just one.
He will enter the start 5-4 with a 4.64 ERA as a Twin, including a victory on short rest in Sunday’s do-or-die regular-season finale.
Pavano relishes the chance to defeat the Yankees. Again.
He pitched twice against the Yanks in the 2003 World Series and allowed just one run in nine innings, including eight frames of one-run ball in the series-turning Game 4 victory. (The Marlins won in 12 innings on Alex Gonzalez’s walkoff homer off Jeff Weaver.)
“Of course,” he said. “Who wouldn’t? Not just because of the history I have. I’ve already done it once with the Marlins. And I want another chance at it.”