During the last few seasons, the top 3 baseball teams that we as Yankee fans have grown to hate are the Red Sox(duh), Angels, and Rays in that order. So, naturally, I can’t stand Scott Kazmir. During the top of the 2nd, Kazmir almost hit Robinson Cano with a pitch. The next pitch Kazmir throws nails Cano right in the rear. That pitch was most definitely on purpose. What a bum, Kazmir should have been ejected. Hey Scioscia, I thought the Umps were only helping the Yankees?
The Yankees did serve Kazmir some justice, even though he got credited with the win. After nailing Cano, Kazmir’s next pitch gets absolutely crushed by Posada over the center field fence. Cano would also hit a blast off of him in his next at bat. Posada’s homer rattled Kazmir as he then gave up a near home run to Marcus Thames, resulting in a double. This is when the questionable decisions start.
After the Thames double, Granderson bunts (on his own I believe). Kazmir is getting smoked and balls are getting hit hard, flying everywhere. you have the chance to deliver the knockout punch, and you give him an out? All to set up Cervelli? Don’t get me wrong, I like Cervelli and he’s been performing decently in the clutch. But the law of averages is coming soon. Granderson needs to get it out of his head that he can’t hit lefties.
Marte comes in and does a horrible job against Abreu and Hunter, but gets Matsui to ground out. David Robertson seemingly warms up for Morales during these at bats. For some reason, Girardi doesn’t take Marte out. So, Morales switches to the right side to face Marte and Cervelli stands up and calls for an intentional walk . Marte obliges and Girardi and Tony Pena yell to Cervelli not to intentionally walk him. Marte throws the next two pitches off the plate. Girardi and Pena start yelling to Cervelli warning him that Morales is going to swing 3-0. What happens next? Marte serves up a meatball and Morales hits a 3 run homer. Robertson is arguably one of the best strikeout relievers on the team. Why have him warming him up if you aren’t going to put him in against the opposing teams best hitter and you need a strike out? It almost felt like they were trying to lose.
But the real story of this game was Javier Vazquez. I have been standing up for him since he’s arrived, pointing out that he’s been pitching decently except for one inning in his first few starts. This game though, he was atrocious. Aside from the fact that Abreu dominates him, Vazquez seemingly wouldn’t throw his fastball in most counts during an at bat. His off-speed pitches are dynamite, but when you don’t show ‘em a fastball they aren’t exactly off-speed. He’s got a lot of work to do.