Javier Vazquez

The Twins were partying at the plate last night, as they waxed the Yanks 8-2, but the loss wasn’t all Vazquez.  Just mostly.  The pitcher gave up 5 runs in 5.2 innings, but seemed proud of himself, for “battling.”

Though Vazquez developed a blister on his pitching finger in last week’s victory over the Mets at Citi-field, he was pronounced healthy, he declared himself healthy…he just pitched poorly.

He now sports a 3-5 record and a 6.86 E.R.A., and the Yankees, who were once 22-8, are now 28-19.  Very poor.










–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Javier Vazquez, a good bunter, getting an important sacrafice down against the Mets.

Though many doubted that Javier Vazquez would make his next start due to the blister on his right hand, both the team and the player say they expect he’ll be ready to go against Minnesota.

VAZQUEZ OPTIMISTIC In advance of his scheduled start Thursday against the Twins, Javier Vazquez is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session Tuesday in Minnesota instead of Monday in New York to give his bruised right index finger extra time to heal. Joe Girardi said he had little doubt that Vazquez would pitch.

“Chances are good that I’ll make it,” Vazquez said.


With his performance against the Mets, Vazquez improved to 3-4 with a 6.69 E.R.A.



–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Javier Vazquez, our favorite Yankees whipping boy, deserves credit last night for his best performance of the season against the cross town Mets.  Vazquez did not allow a hit until the 5th inning, and he even laid down a very nice scarafice bunt.  He was removed from the game only because he developed a blister on his pitching finger.  Vazquez looked very comfortable in the spacious Citi-field against a national league team, but he has always been a better warm weather guy.  Let’s hope Vazquez, who has now given up only 2 runs in his 13 1/3 innings, is righting himself.   He improved his record to 3-4 and his E.R.A. to 6.69.  Take a look at the Yankees pitching performances below.

New York Yankees
J Vazquez
(W, 3-4)
6.0 1 0 0 2 6 0 70-46 6.69
D Robertson
(H, 5)
0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5-3 7.07
D Marte 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3-3 3.86
J Chamberlain
(H, 8)
1.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 27-18 4.50
M Rivera
(S, 8)
1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 16-12 2.03
Totals 9.0 4 1 1 2 9 0 121-82  
D Marte pitched to 1 batter in the 7th
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: J Vazquez 11/19; D Robertson 1/2; D Marte 1/1; J Chamberlain 4/5; M Rivera 4/5
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: J Vazquez 16-7-13-10; D Robertson 1-0-0-2; D Marte 2-0-0-1; J Chamberlain 2-2-12-2; M Rivera 4-2-1-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: J Vazquez 4-7; D Robertson 0-1; D Marte 0-0; J Chamberlain 1-1; M Rivera 2-1
Game Scores: J Vazquez 74

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Javier Vazquez, credited with a win in relief Monday against the Red Sox out of the bullpen, will return to the starting rotation tonight in the Yankees first inter-league game against the junior varsity: the New York Mets.

Vazquez, who has now improved his record to 2-4 and his E.R.A. to 8.01, will be opposed by Hisanori Takahashi, who the Yankees have never before faced.

This is a huge series for both teams.  The Yanks have lost 3 straight and the Mets have lost 9 of their last 11 games.


In our continuing quest to update you on the Yankee who, in our opinion, hasn’t earned his pinstripes, Javier Vazquez, the embattled $12M 4th starter, was moved to the bullpen last night, and faced one batter, in the top of the 9th inning, recording a strikeout.  The Yanks had trailed 9-7 when Vazquez entered the game, and then got clutch home runs from Alex Rodriguez to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th, and from Marcus Thames, who hit a two run walk off homer.  Since Vazquez got the Red Sox last recorded out, he was the pitcher of record, picking up one of the easiest wins in his career.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who held Vazquez back from making the start, bristled at the notion that he was trying to save Vazquez from the microscope that comes with pitching against Boston, though he did skip Vazquez earlier in the month against Boston for that very reason.

“I want to make this clear,” Girardi said. “He was not skipped because of that situation. Our bullpen is a mess. I needed a long guy today. We could not activate Chan Ho Park if you didn’t have a long man.

“You couldn’t call up some of the guys that we’ve sent down. You can’t recall them, and you did not have [Ivan] Nova. We wanted Chan Ho Park back in our bullpen, and that’s why Javy had to do it.

“I tried not to use him today, because I want to pitch him on Friday. And for me, right now, he can still pitch Friday.”


To their credit, the magnanimous Yankees crowd last night gave Vazquez an ovation upon being inserted into the game in the 9th inning, probably not wanting to further damage Vazquez’s confidence.

The Javier Vazquez watch will continue Friday, when Vazquez will start at Citifield against the New York Mets.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Javier Vazquez (above).

Though Javier Vazquez pitched well today, the Yankees’ bats mustered no support for the beleaguered $12M 4th starter.  Take a look at the stat line for the Yankees pitchers:

NY Yankees

Vazquez, J(L, 1-4)


7.0 5 2 2 2 7 0 8.10
1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.84
Totals 8.0 5 2 2 2 8 0 3.57

This might sound crazy, but here’s my theory on the Yanks and Vazquez: the vibe is so negative surrounding him that it has infected the Yankees’ hitters.  It’s almost like the Yankees subconsciously have let it creep in that they aren’t expected to win when Vazquez takes the mound.

Once upon a time, the Mets had a pitcher named Anthony Young.  Anthony Young had good stuff, and I thought he wasn’t that bad.  But a vibe took hold over the Mets whenever he pitched, after getting off to a poor start in the 1992 season.  They moved him to the pen after the Mets got the idea that he couldn’t shake his bad luck as a starter, and he had 15 saves, which is respectable.  But he ended the year 2-14 and then went 1-16 the following year, with a very respectable 3.77 E.R.A.

Young’s stats, career, as a Met:  5-35, 3.82 E.R.A.

Vazquez is a much better pitcher than Young, but Young may have pitched better than Vazquez at the start of his woes.  It’s early, but Vazquez has an E.R.A. of 8.10–over 8 runs per 9 innings.  He really did pitch a gem today, and his E.R.A. only improved a little bit.

In New York, the media can ride the vibe or turn the vibe into a monster.  And you know what, we’ve probably contributed to it by hating him so much on this page.  But Vazquez got the ball rolling by pitching badly and then complaining about the fans who are now looking at this for a 2nd time from a guy supposed to be so much better.

Fans complain about players.  Players are very foolish to complain about fans–especially with 20 reporters standing at their locker with tape recorders.  And in the case of poor old Anthony Young, too bad for him that the Mets weren’t the greatest team while he was there.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

I am going to have to wait another day at least before bashing Javier Vazquez again…

That’s what the Yankees will have tonight, as the game with the Tigers was canceled due to rain. The two teams will spend all day at Comerica Park on Wednesday, playing a day-night doubleheader to make up for tonight’s rainout.

1:05 p.m.: RHP Javier Vazquez (1-3, 9.78) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (2-3, 7.50)

7:05 p.m.: RHP Phil Hughes (4-0, 1,69) vs. RHP Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 5.74)


So tomorrow it’s the Yanks in a day/night double dip.  We’d settle for one of those games at this point.


–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

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