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A New York reader: On Carl Pavano (aka 'American Idle')

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: April 17, 2012 - 7:51 AM

Upload almost didn't get to the Carl Pavano coverage on the New York Post's web site, distracted as we were by the headlines  "PREP TEACH SEX SHOCK'" and the slightly more understated  "Mob boss laments loss of favorite juror." But we soldiered on and were rewarded.

Here's what we found:

The Post's game story opened this way: "On a night when Carl Pavano continued to kill the Yankees, Freddy Garcia let an early lead vanish and inched closer to pitching himself out of the rotation when Andy Pettitte returns. During his four miserable years as a Yankee, Pavano killed the club that dropped $40 million on him and pitched in a paltry 26 games due to injuries his teammates publicly doubted were all legitimate."

In a separate story, the Post wrote about Pavano and the fans who came to hoot at him, offering this context: "Pavano spent four miserable seasons in New York from 2005-08, becoming one of the city’s most despised athletes and ranking as probably the Yankees’ worst free agent signing of the last 15 years.

The New York Daily News offered a slightly more muted take: "The Twins, who entered the game toting the American League’s worst record (2-7), had former pinstripe disaster Carl Pavano on the hill as he continued his search for his first win over the Yankees in five career starts. It had the look and feel of Globetrotters vs. Washington Generals — until Freddy Garcia imploded for a second straight start."

One more thing: If you're looking for a by-the-numbers and by-the-charts take on Francisco Liriano, check out this take from the Yankees Analysts blog. Upload promises it won't scream at you, but you do have to be ready for charts and numbers that go well beyond what gets offered on TV and in print.

For example, the author Michael Eder, takes on the issue of Liriano's release point by saying: "I’ve found numerous articles talking about needing to fix his arm slot and the arm falling, but I’m not convinced that what we’re seeing is a bad thing. In his very successful 2010 season, Liriano also had a wide release zone, and in his no-hitter from May 3rd, 2011 the trend continued. Where I think this might hurt his game is that team’s have figured out that he throws his slider from the two release points, yet he primarily throws his changeup from the left one, and his two-seamer from the right one. If you can pick up on where the ball is released, Liriano could be tipping off his changeup and/or two-seamer."

Take a couple of minutes and see if you can keep up. If not, there's no shame in going back to the tabloids on this one. Just don't get sidetracked and miss a meeting or class or letting the dog out.

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