Javier Vazquez pitched last night. The Yanks lost 8-2. It’s not even news anymore.
It may not have been all his fault — the Yankee lineup has been punchless for a solid week now, the bullpen has been a mess all season and both of those problems played a role in last night’s defeat – but he sure didn’t do himself any favors. Once again, the pitcher that had a 91 mph fastball last year was averaging 89 last night. This time, however, instead of the fastball’s ineffectiveness being the main culprit in Vazquez’s struggles, it was his secondary stuff that completely deserted him.
Whatever the problems might be, they’re still two sides of the same coin. The quality of Vazquez’s stuff has deteriorated from 2009 to 2010 and the reasons why seem to be escaping everyone in the Yankee organization. No one knows for sure if it’s a mental issue or not — I say it isn’t — but at this point the promising results of the past two starts have been erased and we’re back to square one.