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Savvy Javy

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #52 – 6/1/10 – Orioles @ Yankees

Final Score: Yankees 3, Orioles 1.

It was a pitchers’ duel, in which Javier Vazquez prevailed. I have to give credit to the Orioles’ Brian Matusz, who pitched a gem. He only gave up one earned run. The other two runs were defensive errors, so he’s not to blame. Matusz really seems to pitch well against division rivals, and he did so in this game.
The winner of the duel was Javier Vazquez, who gave us an excellent start. He pitched seven beautiful innings, in which he gave up one run on four hits, walked one, and struck out seven. The one run he gave up, a solo home run, was really the only mistake he made this game. He pitched a true gem, and I’m glad the Yankees managed to score in the seventh inning, because he truly deserved that W.
I was a little bothered by some of the comments about Javy, during and after the game. 
One fan asked “Who is this pitcher, and what has he done with the real Javier Vazquez?”
Hello. This is the real Javier Vazquez. A solid, innings-eating starting pitcher, who stocks up on strikeouts and rakes in the wins. What we saw from Vazquez in his first few starts wasn’t who he really is. Even if he continues on this very same pace, he’s due to get us 12 wins this season. Don’t forget that he’s our fourth starter. AJ Burnett got us 13 wins as our second starter last year. I will be happy with 12 wins from Javy.
One beat writer wrote: “The Orioles made Javy look good.”
See, I have a big problem with a comment like that. Whenever Vazquez pitches well, it’s because the other team’s lineup made him look good. I suppose in his great start against the Tigers, they made him look good. The Mets also happened to make Javier Vazquez look good. When will this incessant hatred end? 
His good performances this year were all due to his good pitching. The opposing lineups didn’t make him look good, he made himself look good. While sometimes it’s a bit of a stretch to give the win to a starting pitcher, because our lineup hits well enough to earn the win, I have no problem giving Javier Vazquez his wins. Why? Because for some reason, our lineup is asleep when he’s on the mound. Maybe because he’s always up against a tough opponent in the pitching match-ups, who knows? All I know is that in Javy’s starts, he has to pitch his heart out, because he gets little run support. So when he gets the win, it’s the result of a great effort.
Enough with the hate, people. Javier Vazquez is back on track. Try showing support for your own starting pitcher.

Not Particularly Proud of This Win…

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #42 – 5/21/10 – Yankees @ Mets

Final Score: Yankees 2, Mets 1.

… but I’ll take it.
Considering how crappy the Yankees have been this past week, I’m not about to get picky over how we win. I just want us to win.
Javier Vazquez pitched a 6-inning gem. He finished the sixth inning with 70 pitches, and could have pitched for at least another two innings. Why didn’t he? Because he hurt his finger while laying down a bunt. Boy, isn’t that the way this year seems to be going for Javy? Can’t catch a freaking break. If it isn’t the weather, it’s a bruised finger. I hope he doesn’t miss a start over this.
It’s a good thing our offense managed to score a couple of runs, because they were absolutely comatose after that.
Don’t get me started on our offense. I don’t understand what their deal is. Yes, I know that the team as a whole is suffering from injuries, but what does that have anything to do with the hitters that are healthy? They’re not producing either! 
The lineup isn’t like the bullpen. If a relief pitcher is injured, the entire bullpen suffers, because they’ll have to be overworked to compensate. In the batting lineup, our hitters are expected to hit every day, so an injury in the bottom of the lineup has no effect on the top of the order. I don’t understand what is wrong with our hitters, all I know is that it better get fixed soon.
Other teams are gaining ground, and we need to wake up soon.
I’m not going to go on any further. It was a win, so it was good. Like I said, I’m not particularly proud of it, but hey, when you’ve had the week that we’ve had, you’ll take a win any way you can get it.

Taste The Pie!

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #38 – 5/17/10 – Red Sox @ Yankees

Box Score:
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You have your good ol’ American Apple Pie…
And then you have your good ol’ Yankees walk-off pie…
Which one tastes sweeter? Yankees fans across the globe will agree that it’s the latter.
On a night where things didn’t look to be going the Yankees’ way, two swings of our bats turned this game from the worst loss of the season, to the best win of the season so far. Why? Because it was our first walk-off win of the year!
Oh, and it didn’t hurt that it happened against the Red Sox, and specifically off of Jonathan Papelbon.
After many walk-off wins last year, we’ve been feeling a little deprived in 2010. The Yankees have been off to a hot start, despite the injuries, so we have very little to complain about as fans. We have been feeling that something’s been missing, though. That something is: The Pie.
We’ve had many games on the road so far this season, so the opportunity for a walk-off hasn’t presented itself much. In this game, however, it did, and our bats took full advantage of it.
Phil Hughes had a bad start. I wouldn’t read too much into this performance if I were you, we all knew his ERA wouldn’t stay at 1.38 all season. Hughes has enough confidence in his abilities to bounce back from this. Hopefully our clutch hitting gave him a moral boost as well, and he will dominate in his next start.
Our bullpen was absolutely horrendous. I was horrified by what I saw today. Whether it was Boone Logan (I’m heartbroken about this) or Chan Ho Park, our pitching today blew it. Boone Logan at least managed to recover from the solo home run he gave up, and pitched a double-play ball, and fielded the grounder to end the inning. That doesn’t excuse the home run, but it somewhat makes it easier to swallow. Park, on the other hand, got himself into quite a mess (dare I say, he crapped his pants?) and needed Damaso Marte to save him. 
Park pitched well in the seventh inning, and kept his sheet clean. He came in to pitch in the eighth, and gave up three runs (two home runs) on four hits, without getting any outs. That wasn’t very pretty, because he also gave up the lead. Damaso Marte came in to keep the deficit at two runs, and recorded the three outs. Marte came back to pitch in the ninth inning, and got two outs, before Javier Vazquez was brought in for the final out.
Vazquez threw five pitches, recorded the final Boston out of the game, and actually received cheers from the crowd at Yankee Stadium. Ironically, that five-pitch strikeout was enough work from Javy to get him his first home win of the season.
After the messiness from every pitcher in this game not named “Javier Vazquez”, the Yankees needed heroics in the bottom of the ninth inning. We needed the Bombers to live up to their names, and give us the lifeline we need to secure a home win.
The Red Sox brought in their self-overrating closer, Jonathan Papelbon, to get the save. We brought in the heart of our lineup to the matchup.
Alex Rodriguez asks his haters: “How does my clutchness taste, b*tches?”
In true Bronx Bombing fashion, Alex Rodriguez came through in the clutch, once again. Anyone who has been doubting A-Rod’s power, can kiss his pinstriped Dominican butt. 
With Brett Gardner on base (who has a perfect record against Jonathan Papelbon), Rodriquez dropped an A-Bomb on the Red Sox. He blasted a two-run home run to tie the game. At the very least, we were going into extra innings, so we were happy that we hadn’t lost the game. 
How many times has A-Rod come through in the clutch for us? I lost count. All I know is that I am thankful he’s a Yankee. I would hate to be the team that has to face him.
This clutch home run from Rodriguez can be added to the game-winning home run against the Twins. I think we can safely say that A-Rod’s slugging is back from its early hiatus. 
Alex Rodriguez was one of our two heroes on the night. We’re used to having him as our hero, so very few of us were surprised by his home run. We were ecstatic, and we were cheering like crazy, but it came as no surprise.
I don’t know about you, but our second hero was a huge surprise to me.
Marcus Thames asks: “Melky, who?”
Okay, I think we’ve pretty much disproved the insane claim by some fans, that we need Melky Cabrera to get walk-off wins. While Melky seemed to shine in the walk-off role last season, Marcus Thames is here to tell us that he can do that, too.
Marcus Thames hit a walk-off home run. Who would have guessed?
I most certainly did not predict this. In the seventh inning, I did predict that we would get a walk-off win off of Jonathan Papelbon (and my Twitter Faithful will confirm this). I never imagined that it would co
me off of the bat of Marcus Thames.
After Papelbon hit Cervelli with a pitch, and put him on base, Marcus Thames came up to the plate thinking “Oh no you di’iiiiiin’t!” and quickly made him pay. He connected with the very first pitch he saw from the Boston closer, and blasted it for a two-run home run.
Thames gave us our first walk-off home run of the year, and he got the first walk-off home run of his career.
If we win our 28th World Series Championship this year, you know that this Marcus Thames home run will be in the 2010 highlights reel.

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Can’t Catch A Break

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #32 – 5/12/10 – Yankees @ Tigers

In the first game of a double-header (due to the rain the night before), Javier Vazquez took to the mound to try and get the turning point he so desperately needs.
That, he did. Javy pitched wonderfully, and gave us seven complete innings, giving up two runs on five hits, walking two, and striking out seven. His season’s ERA went down by a run and a half, and it looks as though his good pitching is back. I guess he really did need that start of his skipped, to catch his breath.
I had a good feeling about Vazquez pitching in this game, before the game started. I mentioned it on Twitter that I felt that this game w
ould be the turning point of Javy’s season. Step one of my prediction is complete, now he has to build on what he did in this game, and start getting us some wins.
Too bad the guy can’t seem to catch a break.
The Yankees offense was absolutely horrendous. Just completely comatose. Yes, they were facing Rick Porcello, who is a good pitcher, but this kid isn’t exactly Justin Verlander (whom we face in the final game of the series). He’s not unhittable. Yet our offense chose to make him look like the second-coming of Cy Young in this game.
I’m not going to go into detail about my disappointment in our bats during this game. I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin. We had four hits in the game. FOUR! In nine innings, we managed to connect the bat to the ball successfully, four times. How pathetic.
I’m beyond angry about this. Not because it’s a loss. Losses happen, and it’s only May so who really cares about one little loss? I’m upset about this loss in particular, because Javy so desperately needed a win here. He worked his butt off to get the win, but our bats didn’t seem to share his determination.
Boone Logan came in to pitch a perfect eighth inning, and erased the disappointment of the game before. I’m sorry I got angry at you, Boone, you came back to remind me of why I wanted you on this team in the first place. 
Boom Boom Boone.
All in all, Javier Vazquez can’t seem to catch a [expletive] break. When it’s not the fans booing him, or his mechanics/mentality letting him down, it’s our offense not backing him up. Shame on you, Yankees Offense, for not working as hard as Vazquez did to get the win.
You better make up for it in the second game of the day/night doubleheader. 

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Oh Javy…

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #23 – 5/1/10 – White Sox @ Yankees

… I want to keep defending you, I really do. You’re making it very difficult for me, though.
I almost didn’t want to write this blog post, because I’ve exhausted the topic of Javier Vazquez. I still have faith that he’ll turn it around, but I’m pretty frustrated. I’m frustrated, but I haven’t given up hope. I want to see him do well, I want to see him succeed. Obviously, Javy succeeding will lead to the Yankees succeeding. I also want him to do well because it would be a great comeback in the Bronx. After the miserable end to his first stint with us, I really wanted to see Javier Vazquez come back to New York and dominate. 
He can still do it, there’s plenty of time left in the season. He just needs to address the mechanical problems behind his horrible fastball. His fastball was his strength, he doesn’t have it right now. His current fastball is lifeless and, well, not so fast. Losing his strong pitch has caused him to also lose confidence in his pitching, which is natural. You don’t want a pitcher on the mound with no confidence. The game is largely mental, especially for pitchers. He will regain his confidence once he regains his good fastball. Until then…
… we wait.
I still have confidence in him, as crazy as that may seem righ
t now. He is exercising my patience, though. Testing it. I will be patient. Worst-case scenario, he continues to do poorly, and we don’t use him in the postseason. 
I can’t write about Vazquez anymore. I just can’t. I believe he will turn it around, but he needs a little bit of time to straighten out his mechanics. It’s not like he’s a young rookie who doesn’t know how to handle the big leagues on a mental level. He’s just an experienced pitcher who’s lost his way. He’ll find it again. I know he will.
This is what Javy had to say: “It’s tough, I can’t hide that. But I promise everybody I’m going to keep working hard at it and battle through it.”

… and I promise to keep having faith that you will battle through it, Javy.

I’m not going to go into great detail about the “glove incident” in the third inning. Ozzie Guillen said he had nothing to do with it. Yeah, right; and I have nothing to do with what I’m about to say:

Kiss my a**, Ozzie.

Vazquez had been using that very same glove for a few years now, yet no one said anything. Let’s assume that a new rule was implemented for gloves this year. Well, Vazquez has used that glove in his previous starts, and no one said anything. Let’s assume that the new rule was implemented minutes before the start of the game. Well, JJ Putz used the same glove, later on in the game, except the colors were reversed. You guessed it, no one said anything.

Ozzie, methinks you doth protest too much.

What difference does it make, Ozzie? Was Vazquez really killing you out there, forcing you to mess with him? It was pretty low to mess with Vazquez’s head like that, it doesn’t need any more messing with. I doubt it had much to do with Javy’s performance, but it was still pretty annoying to see.

From one frustration to another…

Curtis Granderson pulled a groin muscle and landed on the Disabled List. That’s just [expletive] great. 

What does this mean for the Yankees? Well, in practice, it means that we’ll have to depend on Joe Girardi’s management much more than we did before. Curtis Granderson’s bat wasn’t exactly the hottest in the lineup in April, but then again neither was A-Rod’s or Teixeira’s. He was still great to have in the lineup, and even better to have in the outfield. 

Now, with Grandy on the DL, we’ll probably see a platoon between Randy Winn and Marcus Thames in left field. Thames’ bat has been hot, but his fielding is atrocious. Winn’s fielding is wonderful, but his bat leaves much to be desired. It’ll all come down to the right balance between the two, to make up for Granderson’s absence. Brett Gardner will be moved to center field, and the platoon will take over left. The right balance must be found by Joe Girardi.

While it makes me quite uneasy to depend so much on Girardi’s management, the man knows what he’s doing, more often than not, when it comes to hitting. I said “more often than not”, so don’t attack me with “remember Jeter bunting in the postseason?” in an attempt to refute my statement. Girardi makes a lot of good decisions most of the time, but when he messes up, he really does mess up.

Let’s hope that he gets it right. I’m choosing to remain optimistic.

One good thing about this game was that it proved my thoughts on Sergio Mitre wrong. I didn’t want him on the roster to begin with, because I assumed that all of our starting pitchers would eat up innings. Our starters (except for Javy) have been pitching deep into games, so we haven’t seen much of Mitre. My mistake was that I assumed Vazquez would gobble up innings like he has his entire career. If I’ve learned anything from John Sterling, it’s that you can’t predict baseball. 

So, I admit that I was 100% wrong about Sergio Mitre. Having him on the roster is necessary. No shame in being wrong, as long as I admit my mistake, and learn from it.

Sergio Mitre pitched well in long-relief of Javier Vazquez. We might see him make a few spot starts this season, when our pitchers need their starts skipped for whatever reason.

Another good thing about this game was Boone Logan. He only faced one batter, and I still don’t like the whole “LOOGY” role, but I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about Boone’s pitching. His fastball was F.I.L.T.H.Y.

He threw four pitches. Four pitches were enough. His first three pitches were clocked at 95 MPH, and his final pitch was clocked at 97 MPH. I heard that the Yankees actually clocked it at 98, but the scoreboard showed 97. Either way, that is NASTY. Three straight 95ers, then a 97 to end it? What more can you ask from a reliever? Maybe he’ll start to get a little more respect from the fans now.

If he keeps that velocity up, he could prove to be a very valuable asset in our bullpen. He’s sure beating his fellow lefty reliever, Damaso Marte, so far. I’m glad we have Logan on the roster now. He needs to stay focused. This could be his “break out” year.

Boom Boom Boone.

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Javy, Not So Savvy.

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #18 – 4/25/10 – Yankees @ Angels

No, Javy, no. Bad, Javy, bad.
You’re supposed to take your first win as a turning point and build on it to get more wins. That’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to go back to losing. You’re never supposed to lose. You’re sup
posed to give us 30 wins in the season. Anything less than that is unacceptable.
Welcome back to the Yankees, Javier Vazquez. Welcome back to the team with which you’re not allowed to give up a run, or ever come close to it. You’re giving up runs in April, Javy. Bad boy. Very very bad.
Brian Cashman is an idiot for bringing you back to New York. You obviously have no business being there. You’re infecting our team with your loser stench. You shouldn’t have been here in the first place.
Don’t you dare give me the “It’s only April, I need time to warm up” excuse. You know that argument doesn’t cut it in the Bronx. Mechanics mean nothing. Needing time to retune your mechanics after the offseason, is just a lame excuse that losers use for being bad. 
Good job showing us that you’re still “Game 7 Javy”.
You need to be moved to the bullpen. You obviously don’t belong in the starting rotation. Sergio Mitre should take your rotation spot. Actually, you’d ruin our bullpen, too. You need to be sent down to the minors, and we should call up Kei Igawa to replace you on the roster. 
Don’t give me the “I’m a Major League veteran, with thirteen Major League seasons under my belt, and my contract has no options” excuse. We are Yankees fans. We don’t care about silly things like “common sense” and “logic”. You need to be removed from our active roster, and Joe Girardi needs to be fired for putting you there.
I don’t care if many pitchers are known for having slow starts to their seasons. Don’t give me that tired old excuse. You’re no longer human, you’re a Yankee. You are being paid money to be a robot. Don’t you get it? Statistics are everything in baseball! Your numbers are atrocious. 
You will never amount to anything. Hand in your pinstripes, Javy, and just retire. You will never recover from a 1-3 start to the season.
What’s that, you say? CC Sabathia, while much better than you, had a 1-3 start to the season last year? 
Shut up, Javy. Sabathia gives 200+ innings every year, and has around 200 strikeouts per season. How many innings and strikeouts do you put up every year?
Oh, damn. You average more innings and strikeouts than Sabathia? Whatever. You don’t have a World Series ring. You suck.
You know you can’t compare yourself to CC Sabathia, so don’t even try. 
I don’t care if you’re just as much of a work-horse as he is. I don’t care if you also pitch 200+ innings a year, and get over 200 strikeouts. None of that means anything when you’re our fourth starter. 
Haven’t you heard, Vazquez? The fourth rotation spot belongs to the staff Ace now. Just because you’re our No. 4, doesn’t mean you can slack off and give us 13 wins in the season. If you don’t win at least 20 games as our fourth starter, you’re a failure.
Don’t you dare tell me that 13 wins from a fourth starter is good. So what if our No. 2 starter gave us 13 wins last year? SO [expletive] WHAT? We’re the reigning World Champions, you must have a winning record after four starts. You must. 
Since you have a losing record in April, you deserve to be released. Sergio Mitre should pitch instead of you, at least he has a World Series ring. Cody Ransom has a World Series ring, and you don’t. Therefore, you’re worse to us than Cody Ransom was. I can’t believe we let him go, and put you on the roster.
We’re doomed.
We are going to boo you when you come back for a home game. Yes, we are. You deserve it. I don’t care if you win every game from now on, and help us win the World Series. You will always be “Game 7 Javy” to us. 
I hate you, Javy. I hate you. How dare you ruin our April? How dare you?! Can’t you see that our April is destroyed because of you? Because of your horrible pitching, our Yankees are off to a miserable 12-6 start to the season! We should be 18-0!
So what if you showed class in the post-game interviews? Who cares about that? Being classy and blaming yourself for the loss is meaningless. Class means nothing. Winning means everything. Get with the damn program, Vazquez. You’re not in Kansas anymore.
Don’t you know that divisions are won and lost in the first month of the season? You’re ruining us, Javier. You’ve ruined our bid for the repeat! You’ve killed our chances at winning our 28th World Series Championship!
You, sir, are a disgrace. 
Javier Vazquez, you are a disgrace to the pinstripes you wear. Coming into the season as the World Series champions no longer means anything, now that you’ve started the season so poorly. 
You are our curse in life. Every loss we get this season is your fault. Just like every loss in 2004 was your fault. I don’t care if you’re not on the mound, whenever we lose, we are going to blame you. 
I hope you get released soon, while we still have a chance to win the Wild Card.
Damn, I have an awesome poker face. I managed to write all of that bullsh*t without laughing.
If you agree with what I wrote in this blog post, do the Yankees a favor and go root for another team. You’re a disgrace to the Yankees fanbase.

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The First Win

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #13 – 4/20/10 – Yankees @ Athletics

Hello there, my loyal readers. Did you miss me? 
Sorry for the brief hiatus, but I’m currently on vacation. Well, I’m on “vacation”. Sort of like when your aunt checks into rehab, and your parents tell you she’s on vacation. 
No, I’m not in rehab, nor do I need to be. It’s a long story that has to do with my work visa for the United Arab Emirates. 
Let’s just say, I should probably start wearing one of these:
I’m on “vacation”. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
I think I’m going to start something new with some of my blog posts. I’ve seen it on other blogs, and I thought I’d give it a try. I’m always listening to music while I write my posts. I just put my iPod on “shuffle” and let it play in my ears while I write. So, I’ll include “Now Playing” lines in my post for this game.
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  • Now Playing: Nirvana – “Rape Me”
The Yankees started off the series against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Well, it was Wednesday morning for me, given the time difference. The game started at 6:05 a.m. Dubai Time, and I went into work early so that I could watch the entire game, uninterrupted, in my office. Yes, I’m that dedicated to my work and the Yankees. 
Thank you, MLB.tv, for being my lifeline while I’m away from home.
Javier Vazquez got his first win of the season. I’m glad he did, he needs another win before going back home. Maybe if he comes home with two wins on the road under his belt, and a nice 2-2 record, the fans would go easy on him. Dare I say, the fans might even *gasp* cheer for him? 
Yeah, right.
Overall, his pitching wasn’t mind-blowing, but it was good enough to get the win. I have all the faith in the world that Vazquez is only warming up. He’s still getting it together. 
He’ll get it together. Don’t you worry. Once I start to worry, that’s when you’ll need to start worrying. 
Remember Sabathia at the start of last season? Things will get better for Javy, because there are no major mechanical problems. He needs to add life to that fastball of his, then everything will work out. I think the next start of his is a decider on how he’ll do this season. A starting pitcher’s fourth start of the season is when we can truly begin to judge him. So, we’ll have to see.
  • Now Playing: Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars.
Sometimes, I feel like headlines are written purely to cause trouble. Yes, I’m aware that journalists/writers have to do what it takes to come up with headlines that grab readers’ attention, and nothing grabs attention like a headline showing a Yankee struggling. Some of these headlines, however, are pretty lame.
Take the wrap for this game, for example. I’m a fan of Bryan Hoch’s. I read his work regularly, and I enjoy it. I think he does a great job reporting our Yankees for MLB.com. 
This headline, however, annoyed me: “With help, Vazquez tallies first win”. 
I’m sorry, but has a pitcher ever “tallied” a win without help? The starting pitcher can pitch nine innings of shutout baseball, and if the offense isn’t awake, he won’t get the win. Call me crazy, but I believe that a run needs to be scored for your team to win. Furthermore, without the fielders helping, the pitcher can’t win. Maybe in the National League, if the pitchers strikes out every single batter he faces in nine innings, and then hits a home run, you can say he got the win unassisted. 
When was the last time that happened? My guess is: never.
Anyway, I’m just being anal about this. It doesn’t mean anything, but this is my blog and I can write about whatever annoys me. Lame headlines annoy me.
The “help” the article was referring to, was mainly Alex Rodriguez’s home run in the sixth inning.
  • Now Playing: The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony.
BREAKING NEWS: A man in Tokyo was rushed to the hospital after being hit in the head with an unidentified object falling from the sky at great speed. It knocked him unconscious, but he woke up in the hospital and seems to be doing fine now. Upon further examination, the falling object was identified to be a baseball. The ball in question is Alex Rodriguez’s home run ball. It flew out of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, and landed back on Earth today, across the Pacific. 
What a monster shot from A-Rod! It’s nice to see him back to his homering ways after starting off the season with a minor dry spell. His dry spell was very minor in relation to Mr. Mark Teixeira’s.
Mark Teixeira is off to yet another slow April. I can’t understand his regular slow starts. I see no logic behind them. Tex is one of the best hitters in the league, yet he is known for being near comatose in the first month of the season. What’s the reason for this? I don’t see anything different in his swing. Am I missing something? Why does this only happen to him in April? He doesn’t suffer from any major slumps later on in the season. 
Is it a mental thing? Has it become a self-fulfilling prophecy? 
You can see the frustration on his face when he strikes out or flies out. You can also see our frustration, as fans, when he does so. No one is slaughtering him for this, and I’m not going to, either. No one should be throwing him under a bus, because even with an average in the 100’s, Teixeira is contributing to the team defensively. Also, we know he’ll get over it, as we’ve seen before. When he finally starts hitting, watch out. He’ll have an entire month of not-hitting, to make up for. You know he will do it.
However, it’s starting to get annoying. We’re in the final week of April, Mark. Start hitting now. Thanks.
People who drafted him in their Fantasy Baseball leagues now know that if you draft Teixeira, you have to draft another first baseman as a backup for April. Only God knows why.
  • Now Playing: John Lennon – Imagine

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

The best part of the game was seeing how patient our hitters were at the plate. They worked walk after walk from the Oakland pitchers, forcing Gonzalez to be taken out of the game in the fifth inning. I like seeing our hitters make a pitcher work hard. Yankees drew a total of ten walks against the A’s pitching that game. We saw a couple of 10-pitch at-bats. That’s what we all love to see. Keep it up, boys. That’s how you win it.

Also something I enjoyed seeing: Boone Logan making his Yankees debut.


Overall, I’m happy with his performance, especially since it was his first outing in pinstripes. Well, in grays. 

He came in to relieve Vazquez with one out in the sixth inning, and retired the two batters he faced. Then, Girardi put him back on the mound in the seventh inning, hoping that he can take the game to Joba in the eighth. Logan retired two batters in the seventh, then “slow” fielding from Derek Jeter allowed a runner on base (it was recorded as a hit, so I’m not blaming Jeter for this). After that, Boone seemed to lose his groove. He then walked a batter, and allowed another hit to load up the bases. With the bases loaded, Joe Girardi took the ball from Logan, and gave it to Joba, who got us out of that situation unscathed.

Despite loading up the bases, I liked what I saw from Boone Logan. Again, this was his first outing of the season. At least he didn’t allow any runs like some of our other relievers did in their first outings. I read somewhere that Dave Eiland has been working with Logan on his pitches, and that accounts for the difference between the Boone Logan of the past, and the Boone Logan of today. In the past, however, his fastball was clocked in the upper 90s, where as now it’s lingering around 92-93 MPH. With his newfound command, he needs to get his velocity back up and he’ll be a solid bullpen arm.

I’m happy the Yankees are taking a chance on him. He can prove to be a valuable asset to us this year. If not now, then definitely later on in the season.

Boom Boom Boone.

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Overall, good game for the Yankees, especially for Javier Vazquez. Hopefully his next start, against the Angels, will get him another win. He needs to start bringing wins home if he wants to be cheered in the Bronx.

In Javy We Trust.

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2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #8 – 4/14/10 – Angels @ Yankees 

To boo, or not to boo?
That is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of the outrageous spoiled ones,
Or to take arms against a sea of bandwagoners,
And by opposing end them?
I may be dramatizing this a little bit, but hearing the booing at Yankee Stadium yesterday struck a nerve with me (as many things do).
I’m sorry, but did we move Yankee Stadium to Philadelphia when I wasn’t looking? I’ve always been annoyed with the way Phillies fans seem to boo everything, now it’s happening in the Bronx? 

Yes, I’m aware that this isn’t the first time a player has been booed at home, and I know it won’t be the last. However, this is probably the fastest a Yankee has reached the jeering level. An argument could be made for such stupidity if Vazquez had failed in pinstripes last year, but it’s been six years since we last saw him on our roster. Give me a break!
You thought I was annoyed with fans panicking over April losses? Darling, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Nothing enrages me more than seeing members of our own fanbase acting like complete idiots. Believe it or not, what I heard during yesterday’s game disgusts me far more than Red Sox Nation ever could. Why? Because it happened at home. These morons are giving my own fanbase a bad name. That angers me. 
The very same fanbase that was hailed as being classy for cheering for Matsui all throughout the Home Opener, erased all the good by booing Javier Vazquez yesterday. Baseball fans all over the country are once again calling us classless. This time, I actually agree with them. We’re not all classless, but as always, the bad seeds ruin it for the rest of us.
I’ve reached my boiling point.
I encountered a few Yankees fans who defended yesterday’s booing. I’m not even surprised that I’ve come across fans defending such douchebaggery. They filled Yankee Stadium yesterday, I’m bound to bump into a few of them in person. 
I just want to say to these idiots: “Your lips are moving, but all I hear is Blah blah blah, [expletive] blah.
Here are a few of the well-thought statements made in defense of yesterday’s embarrassment (in bold):
“We pay good money to go to games, we can boo the players if we want to.”

You have the right to boo the players because you pay good money to see them play? Well save your money, do the rest of us a favor, and stay at home. Believe it or not, there are other Yankees fans who would love to have your seats so that they can actually cheer our team on. The whole point of you paying good money to see the Yankees play is so that you can be part of the team, the extra man on the field. If you can’t do that, stay at home and boo your TV.
“Booing is known as The Bronx Cheer. Get with the program.”
Booing is the “Bronx Cheer”? Really? It’s justified because that’s what the Bronx is known for?
Well, I’m from the Bronx, how about I go to your workplace and boo you every time you make a mistake? How does that sound? I’d only be doing it because that’s my way of cheering. I am a Bronx native, after all. 
The Bronx is also known for being the home of the most spoiled fans in baseball. Congratulations on continuing to prove that such a generalization is accurate. 
“It’s been happening for years, why stop now?”
Why stop now? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because it’s idiotic and spoiled to be booing your own players, especially in the first homestand of the season. I suppose we should all continue pathetic behavior simply because it’s become a regular thing. 
It’s April for Heaven’s sake, if you’re so miserable now, when we have a winning record, what will you be like when we go on a losing streak? 
“Players should learn to put up or shut up. That’s why we boo them.”
The old “Put Up or Shut Up” argument. Interesting. How about you give the player a chance to put up? Until then, I suggest that you shut up. 
I don’t agree with ever booing your own players, but an argument can be made for such an idiotic act in August, not in April. If a player isn’t performing for a prolonged period of time, then I expect Yankees fans to boo him. I don’t agree with it, but I’ve come to anticipate it. Yesterday was Vazquez’s second start of the season, give him a chance to perform. I’d like to see you go back to a work environment in which your customers incessantly spewed venom in your direction. Let me see how you’d perform in your first two days on the job.
Get the [expletive] over yourselves.
What gave you the ridiculous idea that booing your own players is a good thing? Was it because Tino Martinez said he missed the boos when he left New York? He had to say that. He was put on the spot. Unlike you, he has more class than to blast anyone who is a part of the Yankees, even the fans. Too bad you can’t show the same respect that our players show you. 
Oh, that’s right, you’re paying their salaries, that gives you the right to treat them the way that you do. 
Get the [expletive] over yourselves.
Call me crazy, but I was under the impression that fans stood by their players until they showed that they’re no
t worthy of the support. Buying tickets and wearing the jersey doesn’t make you a fan. Having the number ’13’ on your back doesn’t give you the right to boo Alex Rodriguez (like you did in 2006). 
Supporting your team through thick and thin is what makes you a fan. I’m sad to say that there were a lot of non-fans attending yesterday’s game. We weren’t even going through a rough patch, and the “fans” were already hating.
Why do we complain about Red Sox fans booing our players at Fenway? Our own fans boo our players at home! Congratulations to many of the fans at Yankee Stadium yesterday, you made the team feel as though they were playing in enemy territory. A lot of you deserve to have your fan cards revoked.
The boos started with Javy, but kept occurring whenever a Yankee made a mistake. I wasn’t at the stadium, but watching the game on TV, I noticed that the booing continued even after Vazquez was taken out. The fans began to boo a hitter for striking out, and an outfielder for failing to catch a ball. It was ridiculous! 
The angry fans at yesterday’s game must have been the ones who couldn’t get tickets to Opening Day. The boos for our players were such a huge contrast from the cheers they were getting the day before. The loudest boos, of course, were for Javy.
Since you can’t logically be booing Javier Vazquez because of two starts, I’m assuming the hate for him comes from 2004. Way to build a bridge and get over it, Yankees fans. It’s been six years since he last wore pinstripes, and you people still aren’t over it. Javy wasn’t even the only one to blame for the 2004 collapse, the entire team choked that year. Fans in the Bronx, however, need a scapegoat to blame for the failure of the entire team.
How idiotic.
You are aware that the 2004 ALCS shouldn’t have even reached Game 7, right? You do realize that if the entire team didn’t choke in games 4, 5 and 6, it wouldn’t have even come down to Javier’s Game 7 start? There are so many factors that caused the loss that year, stop blaming it all on Javy.
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Javier Vazquez was the only player to blame for that year’s heartbreak. Let’s just assume that that’s true. It’s been SIX [expletive] YEARS! We’re currently the reigning World Champions! What will it take for you people to forget? 
Regardless of how you feel about Vazquez, booing is not the answer. It’s never right to boo your own player. An argument can be made for booing a player who doesn’t make any sort of effort for a prolonged period of time. I don’t agree with it, but that argument is valid. To boo a player in April, however, after he hasn’t been on our roster for six years, is never acceptable.
I don’t understand how fans who have experienced the 1980s and early 1990s in the Bronx could possibly be upset in a winning April coming off of a World Series victory. Why don’t you look back to twenty years ago, and be thankful for the fact that we have much to cheer about now?
Are you aware that there are millions of baseball fans who dream of their teams one day coming close to the Yankees in success? How about you try to be a fan of the Kansas City Royals for a year, then come back and boo our boys in the Bronx. Better yet, try to imagine being a fan of the Yankees in the 80s and early 90s, then tell me you have anything to be upset about right now.
A fellow Yankees fan said it best: “A good dose of Mike Gallego at short instead of Jeter, or Danny Tartabull in the cleanup spot instead of A-Rod, would shut them up!”
We’ve become too spoiled for our own good. I’m grateful for all the success the Yankees have had since 1996, but yesterday showed that the success has harmed us by spoiling our fanbase. If you think you’re doing the team a favor by going to games just to boo them when they make a mistake, you’re wrong. You’d be doing the team a bigger favor by staying home. The main reason why playing at home is considered an advantage is because you have your fans behind you. 
Furthermore, I cannot understand why fans would consider booing anyone on the mound the day after a World Series ring ceremony. If Satan himself was pitching for us the day after we raised the World Series banner, I’d be cheering for him. This is supposed to be a happy April for us, not a miserable one. We won the first two series on the road, against our two toughest division rivals. If for nothing else, cheer for that.
Do I expect fans to cheer for a poor performance? No, I do not. Javier Vazquez didn’t have a poor performance, though. Not in yesterday’s game he didn’t. Yes, he gave up a few runs, but his only problem was his lifeless fastballs, and the Angels capitalized on that. The rest of his pitches were filthy. Adding life to his fastball will be easy for him to do. Once he does, it will be filthy too.
Whatever happened to finding the positives in a negative situation? The biggest positive from yesterday’s game was that it was a huge improvement from Javy’s first start this year. Try to focus on that. Who am I kidding, though? A lot of Yankees fans can’t be positive about anything that isn’t a World Series win.
What bothers me the most is that Javier Vazquez was going to be booed regardless of his performance. Unless he pitched a perfect game, he was going to get hate from the fans. Even if he got out of a bases-loaded situation unscathed, the fans were going to boo him. The hate for Javy resurfaced in December, when the trade was made, it was only publicly shown yesterday.
I don’t enjoy being angry with my own fanbase. I would love nothing more than to hold my head high and be proud of my fellow fans. Most of the time, I am. During our Home Opener, I was proud of the class we showed. During yesterday’s game, however, I was disgusted with the vast majority of fans at Yankee Stadium. It was one of those rare “I’m ashamed to be a part of the same fanbase as these idiots” moments. 
Bottom line is: You can criticize your players, you can refuse to cheer for poor performances, but booing your own players at home is never justified.

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Don’t Push It

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #4 – 4/9/10  Yankees @ Rays

My fellow Yankees fans, since you’re all so quick to get up on the railing, just waiting for the right moment to jump ship, here you go:
Push it. Go ahead. Push it. 

There, you pushed it. Let the panic ensue! Run around like a headless chicken because the world is coming to an end! Our season is over!
Congratulations on once again showing that Yankees fans are spoiled. 
Now that you’ve pushed the panic button, please feel free latch onto another ship. Don’t forget to pick up your complimentary Boot Up The Butt gift basket on your way out. In it, there’s a guide to all that you’ll be missing now that you’ve chosen jump ship.
Thank you for traveling with us for five days this season, please don’t let the Yankee Stadium gate hit you in the back on the way out.
Good riddance.
Now, for the remainder of you who decided to hang around for the ride after our season-ending, two April losses, I will speak my mind.
It’s only April, and already I’m tired of saying “It’s only April”. Wow, that sounds like a Yogi-ism. 

Javier Vazquez had a rough start. So what? It’s the beginning of April, and this was his first start. I had this crazy notion going into yesterday’s game, that it was just an April game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Silly me. Apparently they changed it to a playoff game while I wasn’t looking. My bad.

Javy got lit up. So [expletive] what? I seem to remember a pitcher last year who got lit up in his first start of the season. In fact, he got lit up in two of his first three starts of the season.

Oh… if only I could remember who that pitcher was…
The name is on the tip of my tongue…
It starts with an ‘S’..
S… So… Se… Sa… Sab…
Sabathia! Oh yeah!
It was C.C. Sabathia!
In case you’ve been stricken with Bostonitis – a disease which affects your memory and gives you the memory-span of a goldfish – let me remind you of last year. CC Sabathia pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 6 runs in his first start of 2009, that’s an ERA of 12.46. Remember it now? Or were you not on board back then?
Yesterday, Javier Vazquez pitched 5.2 innings, and gave up 8 runs, that’s an ERA of 12.71. That’s awfully close to Sabathia’s first performance of 2009. 
It’s normal for pitchers to get roughed up in their first start of the season. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s common.
I don’t seem to remember anyone blasting Cashman for signing CC Sabathia after his first start of the season. I don’t even remember anyone blasting Sabathia or Cashman when CC got lit up again in his third start. Yet, yesterday, the majority of Yankees fans threw Javier Vazquez and Cashman under the bus. Maybe it’s because we didn’t win the World Series – or make it to the playoffs – the year before CC became a Yankee, so we didn’t have the bandwagon-jumpers we have today.
So much venom was spewed after Vazquez’s start yesterday. So many hateful comments: “Way to go, Cashman”, “Cashman, you idiot, great job signing a loser”, and my personal favorite, “God. First Kei Igawa, now Javier Vazquez. Brian Cashman sucks at this”.
So, why are Javy and Cashmoney getting slaughtered, when the worst CC got was “It’s OK, he has slow Aprils“? 
Part of it is because our World Series win last year welcomed back the bandwagoners we lost over the past decade. The other part of it is because Yankees fans absolutely love living in the past. 
I agree, sometimes it’s more fun to live in the past. I love talking about our glorious history. I wish I could get stuck in the 1996-2000 era, and keep repeating those four years over and over again. That way, I’d stay 12-16 years old forever, and we’d win the World Series 75% of the time, all the time.
That would be a perfect world for me. Other Yankees fans, however, seem to love living in 2004.
I don’t understand why, and I don’t understand how. 
Do you know when I forgot about 2004? In 2005. Sure, some things remind me of it from time to time but, to me, “2004” was purely digital.
Why some Yankees fans insist on bringing up “2004” is beyond my understanding. It was just a regular year. The Yankees came back from a big lead to lose. So what? It obviously wasn’t some kind of “curse”. First of all, we’re Yankees, we don’t believe in curses. Secondly, we won it all last year. Isn’t it about time we put 2004 behind us?
Even if you insist on bringing up 2004, the loss wasn’t only Vazquez’s fault. He’s only one of several players who choked that year. It wasn’t only because of Vazquez’s pitching in “Game 7”. We could have won games 4-6, too, you know. There are a few players still around from 2004, care to blame them as well? 
No matter who you want to blame for 2004, you have to move on. Living in the past is only fun if you’re choosing the right year to live in. I suggest 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009. I recommend you stay away from 2004, for two reasons:
  1. It’s exactly the year Boston and ESPN want you to stay living in.
  2. You’re pissing me off. I’m not so “Pretty In Pinstripes” when I’m p*ssed off. I’m more like “Bite Your Head Off In Pinstripes”. 
Javier Vazquez had a few good years since 2004, including last year, in which he finished fourth in Cy Young Award voting. Funny, CC Sabathia also finished fourth in Cy Young voting last year. Of course most of you, as Yankees fans always do, only remember Javy’s bad performances from the past. You refuse to look at his numbers and look back at logs of his games before you throw him under a bus.
Call me crazy, but a pitcher of Vazquez’s standards deserves at least four starts before we start slaughtering him. He wasn’t some last-minute addition to our roster. He wasn’t just a casual invitee to spring training. We traded Melky Cabrera for him, and we built the rest of our pitching around him and the other starters in our rotation. He’s kind of a big deal, you know.
So, do me a favor, take a deep breath. Center yourselves. Remember that pitchers have bad Aprils. Remember that the Yankees have become notorious for losing in April. As long as there are no mechanical problems with Vazquez (see: Wang in April 2009), then we should at least give him the benefit of three more starts before we judge him. 
Furthermore, judging a pitcher on a good performance in April is different from judging a pitcher on a bad one. 
A pitcher with horrible stuff doesn’t magically bring “the goods” for one game, out of nowhere. It means he has the skills, but it’s up to him to maintain. A pitcher with good stuff, however, can “forget” to bring “the goods” in an April game. Many pitchers need a few games to warm up. If they didn’t, every good pitcher would have 25 wins every season. So that’s why we can praise a pitcher for a job well-done in April, while we shouldn’t slaughter a pitcher for a poor performance.
Please, don’t give me the tired old “He can only pitch in the National League” argument. I’ve heard that argument fifty times since last December. 
He pitched well with the White Sox, and had a very good year with them in 2007. A good pitcher is a good pitcher. Sure, the American League does have tougher hitters and, yes, his ERA probably won’t be as low as it was last year. Don’t tell me, however, that a good pitcher in the National League can’t be a good pitcher in the American League. His numbers might suffer a little bit, but otherwise, there is no truth to that statement. It doesn’t even make sense. Last I checked, a strike is a strike, regardless of what league it’s thrown in.
You can’t predict baseball, Suzyn, but you can predict two things about Yankees Baseball in April: 
  1. Yankees fans will panic as soon as the Yankees lose an insignificant game.
  2. I will get angry at these fans and go on rants, defending our players and team.
If there were an end to my rage, then I would say that it’s being wasted right now, when it should come out later on in the season. My anger, however, is a renewable source of energy. It’s similar to the air that we breathe. It won’t end. So, don’t worry, the more you panic, the more bitchslaps I will hand out to smack you back into reality.
I haven’t begun with the bitchslapping, yet, but if this insanity continues, I will be left with no other choice.
I’m at my wit’s end with you spoiled and fairweathered fans. I’m close to the edge. 
If you don’t want to continue seeing me ranting and raving: Don’t push it.

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Lactose Intolerance

Got Melk?
I love Melky Cabrera. I have since he made his debut, and I always will. His wonderful personality outweighed his numbers in the hearts of most Yankees fans, and there was much love for him in New York. Especially from the “da womans”. I just want to make it very clear that Melky was one of my favorite Yankees when it came to character. His close friendship with Robinson Cano made him even more of a joy to watch on the field, and off. I will miss him. 
Now that I’ve cleared that up, let’s discuss what happened yesterday.

Melky Cabrera, Aroldis Vizcaino and Michael Dunn were traded to the Atlanta Braves for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan. Hmmm… I like the name Boone. I tip my hat to Cashmoney for getting this done. In my opinion, this was one Brian Cashman’s best trades of his career. No doubt about it in my mind. 

I was somewhat disappointed, but not really surprised, by some of the reactions to this trade. While a lot of my fellow Yankees’ fans are happy about the trade, there are many others who are ready to see Brian Cashman fired for this. Reading all the negative reactions to this big move, in online forums and on Twitter, was hilariously infuriating to me. I didn’t know whether to laugh about it, or stab the desk with my pencil. No. 2 pencil, of course. The one thing I learned from the SATs is that No. 2 pencils are the Yankees of the pencil world.

The negativity can be divided into two categories: love for Melky, and hate for Javy.
Love for Melky:
Judging by the severity of these negative reactions, you would think Brian Cashman traded Derek Jeter to the Phillies to bring back Cody Ransom. Some fans were going crazy! Some of them were blasting Cashman for being a “heartless pr*ck who will run this team into the ground”, while others were saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Relax for a moment, people. Take a deep breath and go to your happy place. Easy there, Tiger. I love how that phrase has even more significance now. 
First off, in baseball, if it “ain’t broke” it doesn’t mean you can’t fix it. Are we the current World Champions? Yes, we are. Did our team work well for us in 2009? Yes, it did. Does that mean we can’t improve? No, it doesn’t. Anyone who tries to sell me on not fixing something unless it’s broken is someone who has no business discussing baseball, or professional sports in general. When you’re the New York Yankees’ General Manager, you don’t wait until something breaks before you fix it. You keep fixing and tweaking, day after day, to prevent it from breaking. Waiting for something to break before you fix it is how you end up with teams like the Kansas City Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Secondly, being “heartless” is what usually makes a General Manager great. Sorry to break it to you, my friends and hippies, but you can’t love your way to victory. You can’t hug your players to a World Championship. You need to go out there and break some balls. Not only is breaking balls as fun as it sounds, but it also leads to a franchise’s success. Being sentimental is how you end up with a washed-up has-been eating roster space and payroll money. It’s basically how you end up with Jason Varitek still on your team.
Third of all, we traded Melky Cabrera. Distraught Yankees’ fans: are we looking at the same Melky Cabrera here? I understand your love for the Melk-Man. I love him too, but that doesn’t make him an amazing player. If I had a mentally-challenged son, I’d love him, but that wouldn’t make him a rocket scientist. For the love of Mo and all else that is holy, WE GAVE UP MELKY CABRERA. We didn’t give up the next Babe Ruth. We gave up a mediocre player. Yes, I said it, Melky is mediocre. He’s average at best. Look at his numbers. He’s a C-average student in an Advanced-Placement course. While that may make him a B+ student in a standard course, the Yankees are definitely an Advanced-Placement team. Stop being blinded by nostalgia and sentiment, and open your eyes to the facts.
Finally, with Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher in the outfield, and Brett Gardner probably ready to play off the bench, Melky Cabrera was the weakest link. Goodbye. When we have several options when it comes to players in left field (I’m hearing word of the Giants making DeRosa an offer), who in their right mind would choose Melky Cabrera? Wait, I think I answered my own question within the question by including “in their right mind”. Point, set, match. I win.
Hate for Javy:
Look, I get it, “2004” wasn’t pleasant for any of us. It was devastating. Why are you blaming the collapse on Javy? Oh, I see your logic, it’s not like the rest of the team decided to start choking or anything. It’s not like games 4, 5 and 6 had anything to do with it. It must have all been because of Vazquez pitching in game 7.
Give me a <insert swear word here> break.
Javier Vazquez was expected to be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher in 2004. He was very good in the first half of 2004, and then declined in the second half due to injury. Or, as Javy says, not injury, but he just didn’t feel right. Whatever. We expected him to be our main man after Mike Mussina in 2004. 
In 2010, we’re expecting him to be our #4 starter after CC, AJ and Andy. All three pitchers have proven to be solid throughout the season, and they don’t burn out our bullpen. So, if every 4th start, we get a good 6 innings from Javy, we’ll be fine. Really, people? You don’t think that Vazquez can give us a decent start in the #4 spot? Please, do me a favor (before I slam my head against a wall) and look at his numbers. Vazquez is more than qualified to be our 4th starter. With Pettitte getting older, we may need to limit his innings more, I can see Vazquez moving up to #3.
Speaking of slamming my head against a wall, I saw something on Twitter that pushed me close to doing it: “I’d rather put Mitre and Gaudin in the rotation than Vazquez”. Dude, do yourself (and us) a favor and stop folllowing baseball right now. I’m not even going to dignify that statement with any further response.
For your information, Javier Vazquez came in 4th in this year’s Cy Young Award voting. You’re right, that definitely means he’s a horrible pitcher. Funny how he placed 4th, while CC Sabathia also placed 4th. It’s also funny how his ERA was lower than any of our starting pitchers, including CC. You’re right, that clearly shows how horrible he will be in our rotation. Not to mention his 238 strikeouts this year. Oh my, that’s terrible. He also pitched more innings than AJ and Andy. How rancid. Even with the Braves, Vazquez still managed to get 15 wins this year. That’s more wins than our #2 and #3 starters got for us this year, backed up by our lineup. He definitely sucks.
Again, give me a <insert swear word here> break.
Why all the hate, people? Take a good look at yourselves and answer that question. Sure, we didn’t sign Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay, but Vazquez is a great acquisition for us. Who in our league has a better rotation than Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, Vazquez and (fingers crossed) Hughes? The Red Sox? Just shut up already. We have [arguably] the best rotation in baseball now, would you stop complaining? If Vazquez even semi-mimics his 2009 performance in 2010, he will be solid for us.
I really do believe that a chunk of our fanbase consists of spoiled brats who will complain about anything and everything. Here we have our GM finalizing what could possibly be the best trade of his career, and a lot of our fans are bitching and whining.
Need I remind you people that you are supposed to be fans of the team and not of just one player? Wake up before I b*tchslap you back to consciousness.