New York Mets

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 (

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 (

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.