Another Near Quality Start For Vazquez

April 21, 2010 – 9:39 am

NYY 7, Oakland 3. Javier Vazquez had another decent outing, the bullpen shut down the A’s, and for the most part the Yankees did what all good teams do when playing lesser teams — they just played solid ball and let the other team essentially beat themselves. Gio Gonzalez actually pitched pretty well for the A’s, but a misplayed grounder by first baseman Daric Barton led to three runs in the first. Gonzalez also hurt himself by walking five over the course of 4.1 innings, four of which came around to score. When you spot the Yankees (or any other good team) a six run lead in the first five innings, you ain’t going to win, period.

Another A-BombOnce again Vazquez came within two outs of getting a “quality win”, but couldn’t make it through the sixth. Possibly this is just a case of Javier running out of gas as he hits the 100 pitch count level, and that will improve as the season progresses. But hey, the guy is the No. 4 starter, and as such, starts like he gave us last night are more than acceptable in my thinking. If he can get to the point where he can at least get through six innings consistently, he’ll be more than OK in that slot.

Offensively the big hit came from Alex Rodriquez, a 3-run blast to the left-field bleachers. It’s amusing to hear people talk about how Alex is off to somewhat of a slow start, simply because he only has two HRs so far. Sheez, the guy is hitting .304/.448/.587 with an OPS of 1.035! Those stats are all as high or higher than his career averages. Just goes to show you where the expectation level is for poor A-Rod. Amazing.

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