So Pavano wasn't so bad last night, everyone else was, however. Including new boy Chris Perez. It's only been one game for him, so pump the brakes Cleveland doomsayers.
In other news, Fausto is going down low again, this time for AA Akron. After only allowing one hit over 6 1/3 innings in his last start for Class A Lake County the righty has been given another chance in his reclamation excursion through the minor leagues.
The key for Carmona is not to throw a perfect game, but to prove to the Indians brass that he can at least control the ball and make outs against tougher competition. A good outing for Carmona would be wonderful and meaningful for a team ravished by injury.
From the "News that will surprise no one" department, manager Eric Wedge has placed fourth in a players poll of managers they would least like to play for. The survey will be in the issue of Sports Illustrated that hits newsstands this week.
Cubs skipper Lou Piniella, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and Cards boss Tony LaRussa are the only managers to receive higher marks than Wedgie. Of course the difference between the other three managers and Wedge is that each has a history of winning. We could discount Sweet Lou because he coaches the Cubs, but the other two have won World Series titles in the past five years, Wedge has two winning seasons in the last seven. The other coaches may have a more abrasive style of coaching, but what we don't know about Eric may be the worst part of him. The players may be on to something.
Back to Pavano, last night we got seven innings with two runs, five hits, no walks and six strikeouts from him, not to mention that he induced eleven ground ball outs. That is pretty damn good to be handed a loss. Of course, Eric Wedge did get ejected trying to argue to keep the Indians out of that rough inning, but it wasn't enough.
It's good news nonetheless to see Pavano pitching well again, and with some of our ailing pitchers on the recovery trail maybe the Tribe can win a few before the season is over.