So, Javier Vazquez has now made four starts for the Yankees this season. Let’s review them:
- April 9th – @ the Rays: 5.2 IP, 8 ER, 11 H+BB allowed
- April 14th – vs. the Angels: 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 H+BB allowed
- April 20th – @ the A’s: 5.1 IP, 3 ER*, 9 H+BB allowed
- April 25th – @ the Angels: 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 8 H+BB allowed
*this outing should have been much worse. In the 2nd inning of this contest, the A’s had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs against Vazquez. But, the next batter hit into a FC with the runner out at home. And, the following batter lined into a 1-3 DP to end the inning.
So, after four starts this season, Vazquez’ ERA sits at 9.00 (in 20 IP). Sure, there’s been talk that he’s had issues with his mechanics this season. But, one has to question that – because there was hardly any talk of this issue in Spring Training.
Bottom line: The Yankees only have 6 losses now, so far, this season – and three of them have come in games started by Javier Vazquez. (That’s half, for those not into fractions.) Therefore, at this junction – he is the Yankees weakest link.
Vazquez’ next start will be against the White Sox in Yankee Stadium. If he’s not sharp in that one, he’s going to hear it from the crowd at that game – and it won’t be pretty.