Some Ugly Pitching

April 25, 2010 – 10:22 pm

Los Angeles 8, NYY 4. Well, that was certainly quite the exhibition of terrible pitching. Javier Vazquez, who in his last two outings pitched fairly well and seemed to be improving, coughed up a three run lead and couldn’t even make it through four innings. With two on and one out and one run already in in the fourth inning, he somehow managed to walk the No. 8 hitter, loading the bases. And then the No. 9 hitter, who was sporting a hefty .102 BA coming in to the game, smashed a double on the very first pitch from Vazquez, scoring two more runs. You just can’t walk the No. 8 hitter in that situation without paying dearly for it.

But even down 5-3 in the seventh, the game was still very winnable — but then along came Damaso Marte, with one of his typical lost outings. Middle relievers are unreliable by definition, but Marte certainly is that and then some. Coming in with one out in the seventh, he immediately walked the first batter he faced and then hit the second one. He got Matsui to ground in to a fielders choice, but then threw three straight balls to Yankee killer Kendry Morales. Girardi clearly signaled Marte from the bench to be careful with the 3-0 pitch as no doubt Morales would sitting on a fast ball. Marte responded by giving Morales exactly what he was looking for, and that was the game. What the hell was Marte thinking?

Marte is what he is, so there’s not much you can do there. But Vazquez is a different story — after four starts he’s 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA and has yet to complete six innings. No doubt Girardi will keep running him out there as the No. 4 starter for the time being — but at some point you have to start thinking about other alternatives for that spot in the rotation.

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