Monday, June 21, 2010
Pavano Comes Through
Carl "Super 'Stash" Pavano came through in a big way for the Twins yesterday, out-dueling Roy Halladay who has now struggled in consecutive starts against AL opponents. Pavano pitched his 2nd complete game of the season, striking out 2 and walking none. After Saturday night's 23-run affair, Pavano really saved the bullpen and gave the team just what it needed at a time when they needed it most. Even more importantly, the Twins won a tough road series kept their slim 1.5 game lead over the Tiger intact.
The Twins now travel to Milwaukee for a 3 game set vs. the Brewers. The pitching matchups favor the Twins on paper and the Brewers are not a very good home team (11-19 this season so far), but the Twins will need to play well to take the series. Ideally they'd take the first two games because Thursday they face Yovani Gallardo, easily the ace of the Brewers starting staff and one of the better pitchers in the National League.