Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Javier Vazquez Can Pitch Well in New York After All

On Tuesday night, Javier Vazquez pitched seven shutout innings as the Marlins beat the Mets, 6-0.

In 2010, Vazquez won a total of three games in New York all season.

In his two stints as a Yankee, Vazquez managed as many as six shutout innings while pitching in New York only once - and that was also at Citi Field, on May 21, 2010.

It was the second time this month that Vazquez pitched well in New York. On August 1, Vazquez allowed one run in seven innings at Citi Field, getting a no-decision in a 7-3 Marlins win.

After an awful first half, Vazquez has found his form, with quality starts in 11 of his last 12 appearances.

If the stingy Marlins cut Vazquez loose after the season, would the Mets give him a look if the price were right? Yes, Vazquez was terrible last year in the Bronx, but he does have years of success in the NL East.


By the way, Squawker Lisa, here are Vazquez's numbers with the Yankees in 2010, which caused him to be run out of town, compared with A.J. Burnett's numbers this season:

Vazquez: ERA 5.32; WHIP 1.40; W-L 10-10
Burnett: ERA 5.31; WHIP 1.44; W-L 9-11

Those numbers look pretty similar, whether or not you are smoking the objective pipe.

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