Another Positive For Javier

June 2, 2010 – 12:29 pm

JavierNYY 3, Baltimore 1. What is it with the Yankee offense disappearing every time Javier Vazquez takes the mound? Prior to yesterday’s game, in his last three starts the Yankees had scored two runs twice and had been shut out the other game. But you had to figure this game would be different — what with Brian Matusz starting for the Orioles, who came in with a 5.76 ERA and who had given up six or more runs in three of his last four starts. Particularly with the Yankee offense which has come to life of late, scoring seven plus runs in the last four games against Cleveland. You just has to figure he’s going to get decent run support, no?

Nope, ain’t going to happen. But that didn’t phase Vazquez, who pitched seven excellent innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out seven and walking just one. And thanks to Miguel Tejada’s error in the seventh that allowed two unearned runs to score, he picked up the W with a nice bounce-back from the terrible outing he had previously against Minnesota. Now bear in mind that this was the weakest offense in the league that he was shutting down, but still over his last four starts his ERA is 2.80. So hopefully Javier has turned the corner and will be the pitcher the Yankees thought they were getting when they traded for him. What with Phil Hughes now firmly established as number four in the rotation (if not higher!), Vazquez is really the number five starter — and if he can continue to pitch as he has over his last four starts that’s going to make for one heckuva starting rotation that the Yankees now have.

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