• Javier Vazquez – The Yankees Weakest Link

    Posted by on April 25th, 2010 · Comments (13)

    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.

    Comments on Javier Vazquez – The Yankees Weakest Link

    1. Raf
      April 25th, 2010 | 8:36 pm

      He’s had a string of bad starts when he pitched for the White Sox too. I wouldn’t sweat it too much.

    2. Evan3457
      April 25th, 2010 | 9:32 pm

      An accurate and fair assessment of Vazquez’ season to date. For whatever reason, his usual FB hasn’t been there (89-90 vs 91.1-91.8 avg every season since 2002 except for…wait for it….here it comes…2004.

      This has led to him having no confidence in his fastball, which means he has nothing to contrast his offspeed stuff against, and that has led to falling behind, and laying in meatballs.

      Why? I don’t know.

    3. ken
      April 25th, 2010 | 10:18 pm

      I have heard Brian Cashman speak about the “sixth tool”: the ability to play in an environment like NY. Clearly, Vazquez has a 6th tool issue. At this point, I am very concerned about his future with this team.

      Whenever I hear that a pitcher has a problem with “release point” or “mechanics” then I hear: “He is not pitching well. Hopefully he will but we can’t be sure.”

    4. Raf
      April 26th, 2010 | 4:02 am

      Meanwhile, guys like Justin Verlander and Jon Lester are also pitching like crap. Given their track records, these 3 will probably finish better than they start.

    5. MJ Recanati
      April 26th, 2010 | 6:43 am

      For the record, your fine-print is ridiculous. Coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn’t change what actually happened. What, Andy Pettitte’s never been pitching like crap and been bailed out by a lucky DP before?

    6. Raf
      April 26th, 2010 | 7:45 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      For the record, your fine-print is ridiculous. Coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn’t change what actually happened. What, Andy Pettitte’s never been pitching like crap and been bailed out by a lucky DP before?

      Especially taking into consideration that Thames misplayed a ball that cost the Yanks 2 runs.

    7. YankCrank
      April 26th, 2010 | 9:26 am

      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.
      —-

      I think you’re giving Yankee fans too much credit. He can throw 6 innings of 3-run ball, a quality start, and the fans will boo him after every run he gives up. He doesn’t need to be sharp, he needs to be unhittable to avoid boos.

      Raf wrote:

      Meanwhile, guys like Justin Verlander and Jon Lester are also pitching like crap. Given their track records, these 3 will probably finish better than they start.

      Agreed. This is why sensible fans shouldn’t overreact in April. Fans are just so eager to jump on Javy because of ’04 that every hiccup will be blown out of proportion.

      Raf wrote:

      Especially taking into consideration that Thames misplayed a ball that cost the Yanks 2 runs.

      I’m beginning to think Thames’ defense in left is going to completely offset any production he does with his bat against lefthanders. It did yesterday, it did that night in Tampa…how long do you think he’ll be thrown out in left?

    8. Jake1
      April 26th, 2010 | 9:36 am

      vazquez is terrible. some guys just cant handle NY. hes ed whitson II.
      whats a fastball pitcher do without a fastball?

    9. YankCrank
      April 26th, 2010 | 9:42 am

      @ Jake1:

      I agree, Vazquez is having a terrible April and he’s just not cut out for New York. Mark Teixeira, same deal…maybe the Mets will take him? Nick Johnson, trade him now, I hear the Rays can use a DH. Granderson can’t hit lefties and Swisher is a 4th outfielder, what was Cashman thinking?

      This team can use a shakeup, to be honest. A 12-6 start with 12 of 18 on the road including a West Coast trip just isn’t good enough. Going five months without another World Series championship gives us plenty of reason to pronounce players dead after three weeks.

      Trade em all!

    10. MJ Recanati
      April 26th, 2010 | 10:33 am

      @ YankCrank:
      LOL!

      I’d also trade Sabathia because his first and fourth starts were lousy.

    11. YankCrank
      April 26th, 2010 | 10:51 am

      @ MJ Recanati:

      Lol, right? I just don’t get Yankee fans sometimes. We just won a World Series, we’ve won five of our six series to open the season with 12 of 18 games on the road including a West Coast trip and the team isn’t even clicking on all cylinders yet. A lot of players – including Lester, Verlander, Teixeira and Carlos Lee – are having awful Aprils…it happens.

      What the hell is there to complain about? It just amazes me sometimes lol.

    12. Raf
      April 26th, 2010 | 5:21 pm

      Jake1 wrote:

      vazquez is terrible. some guys just cant handle NY. hes ed whitson II.

      Whitson was terrible before, during, and after his time in NY. It wasn’t so much that he couldn’t handle NY than he wasn’t all that good to begin with.

    13. McMillan
      November 17th, 2013 | 9:08 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Whitson was terrible before, during, and after his time in NY. It wasn’t so much that he couldn’t handle NY than he wasn’t all that good to begin with.

      Wrong.

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