Javier Back On Track?

May 22, 2010 – 9:25 am

Kevin!NYY 2, NY Mets 1. Nothing like a little NY Mets to help with whatever is ailing you. Javier Vazquez looked great, allowing only one hit over six innings while striking out six and walking just two. Of course it was against the hapless Mets, but still Javy does seem to be getting back on track. And you do have to credit Joe Girardi’s handling of him so far — the skipped starts and extended rest, and then starting him in an NL park against a weak team all seems to be paying dividends.

And as I’ve been preaching lately, right now for the Yankees it’s all about the starting pitching given the lack of offense and the totally unpredictable bullpen — both of which we saw last night. The two Yankee runs came from rookie Kevin Russo’s first career hits, not exactly the type offense you want to rely on regularly. And from the bullpen we got a great performance from Joba Chamberlain, who must be spending a lot of time with A.J. Burnett given how unpredictable he has become. But offsetting that good outing was Mariano Rivera, struggling for the third outing in a row. I know it’s heresy to even hint that age may be at long last catching up with The Great One. But still every time he goes through a spell like this it does severely test one’s faith.

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