Same Old Javier?

April 10, 2010 – 9:52 am

Tampa Bay 9, NYY 3. The big question about the Yankee pitching in spring training was who would end up getting the No. 5 spot in the rotation. But another big question that didn’t seem to get much attention was how Javier Vazquez would do in the No. 4 spot. The general consensus seems to be that Vazquez will be much improved over the poor season he had with the Yankees back in 2004, and will give the rotation some solid starts out of the fourth position. But I’ll believe that when I see it, and last night I sure didn’t see anything encouraging. Vazquez started out strong, shutting out the Rays for the first three innings. But then he was handed a 2-0 lead in the fourth, and responded by walking the first batter on four pitches. You just can’t do that and expect to get away with it. And sure enough, Tampa Bay proceeded to bat around in the inning, scoring five runs on five hits. And with David Price dealing 95+ MPH fastballs with some wicked off-speed stuff, it was pretty much over at that point. Vazquez’ line ended up at 8 runs on 8 hits over 5.2 innings. Not a good start.

Most of the prognosticators have the East being a race between Boston and New York, but any team that has the likes of Price pitching in the No. 4 spot has got to be a serious contender as well. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it’s not Tampa Bay that ends up being the biggest threat to the Yankees repeating in the East. I know it’s early in the season, but coming back to win this series and thus start the season with series wins against both Boston and Tampa Bay would sure be sweet. Now to see if CC and A.J. can rebound from bad starts and get the season started off on a real roll.

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