Results for tag: javier vazquez
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jul 27, 2010 at 02:07:22 PM

IT’S THAT EASY!
You’ve heard this from me before, but I’ve been trying to lose weight. I’ve been successful this time around and am down a nice handful of pounds, though I have gotten so zeppelin-like that it’s difficult to tell—though I was accosted by a professional sushi vendor the other day and told that I could bring $250 a pound at auction in Tokyo. He was so disappointed when I convinced him I wasn’t a carp.

Yesterday, as I made my usual rounds of doctor’s offices, I spent the time listening to Sirius/XM’s MLB Radio, a channel I quite enjoy and have been fortunate enough to occasionally appear as a guest. The commercials, though, were hard on a man who hasn’t eaten, or eaten as much as he might like to, in about six weeks.

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jul 8, 2010 at 06:54:33 PM

WISHCASTING
If the Mariners trade Cliff Lee in the next 24 hours, the Yankees wouldn’t have to face him on Friday.

A FINE KETTLE OF FISH
Yesterday, I wrote about the Marlins making right-handed outfielder Cody Ross available to potential trading partners. Subsequently, it was reported that the Fish might also make 26-year-old closer Leo Nunez available as well. Nunez isn’t expensive by the standards of most teams, but he’s arbitration eligible and the Marlins don’t do arbitration unless literally forced to by the Commissioner and the players’ union. It’s a bit odd that their owner thinks they can win a pennant while not actually paying anyone but Hanley Ramirez, but that’s the way his mind apparently works -- hence the firing of Fredi Gonzalez.

Nunez,

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jul 2, 2010 at 10:40:07 AM

It was the Yankees’ misfortune to suffer bad timing, to encounter Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez, two of the best pitchers in baseball even if they are on a bad club, with two pitchers who were not up to matching their aces taking the mound in opposition. Since pitching seven shutout innings against the Tigers in his sixth start on May 12, Hughes has made eight starts, four of them quality, four of them factory rejects (there is no accepted term for a “not quality start,” but “irregular pants” or “mismatched socks” would do fine). His ERA for the period was threatening to crest the fragile barriers that hold the oily 5.00 water out at sea, and he finally did swamp the lowlands in tar against the M’s; his ERA since May 12 is now 5.33 in 49 innings.

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 11, 2010 at 09:43:06 AM

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SOCIETY OF LEFT-HANDED GENTLEMEN
The Yankees were to face yet another left-hander tonight, Dontrelle Willis, but he was scratched. Somehow, the Tigers were able to pull another lefty out of thin air, the journeyman Brad Thomas. There’s just no escaping the southpaws for the Yankees this year. That makes 13 southpaw starters in 31 games, or 42 percent of the schedule. More troublingly, they are now only 7-6 in games started by left-handed opponents.

Going into Monday’s game, the team as a whole was hitting left-handed pitchers quite well, batting .301/.379/.518 against them. The only Yankees not doing at least a little of substance against portsiders are Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson, neither of whom is active at the present time. If you want to be

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 6, 2010 at 06:19:34 PM

THERE’S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY
I’ve always been a big supporter of David Robertson’s. His Minor League track record was exemplary, featuring the killer strikeout rates he carried over to the majors. Last year, I felt the Yankees were too slow to embrace him and too conservative when it came to challenging him with appearances in critical situations. I remain enthusiastic about his Major League future. However, it seems like that future is not now.

In nine games this season, Robertston has yet to have one perfect appearance. His walks have been acceptable, his strikeout rate still good, but his mechanics and command seem to have gotten completely out of hand. His last three appearances, each spaced four days apart from its predecessor, have been disastrous. He’s allowed

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 3, 2010 at 06:50:38 PM

WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL LURKS IN THE HEARTS OF MEN?
I grew up listening to old radio shows, the entertainment precursor to television. No, I’m not so old that I heard the Jack Benny show, “Gangbusters,” or “Lights Out!” when they first aired, but recordings have always been available on record or cassette (and now MP3). One of my favorites was the Shadow, the story of a vigilante with the “power to cloud men’s minds” so as to be invisible, a handy talent for driving the guilty nuts (or just shooting them, as he was more apt to do in his pulp adventures). At the beginning of each show, the Shadow’s grim laugh (sometimes voiced by Orson Welles) would rise up from swirling organ music and he would intone, “Who knows ... what EVIL ... lurks

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 27, 2010 at 07:12:26 PM

SCHILLING AND FREUD: THE TEN-PERCENT SOLUTION
Curt Schilling was an excellent pitcher, a likely Hall of Famer, and his work in pursuit of a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease puts a gold star next to his name on the rolls of righteous human beings. His qualifications as a psychologist are less certain. Thus when he says that Vazquez can't excel in New York because his comfort level is disturbed when he's outside of “second-tier cities from a baseball passion perspective,” it would be far more satisfying to hear that he had a rationale based on firsthand observation of the pitcher rather than just some third-hand inference that he's no more qualified to make than any fan in the stands. It is not only irresponsible for a man of his experience and authority to broadcast a conclusion

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 23, 2010 at 04:45:15 PM

I continue to spend much of my time at the local hospital, where my father is greatly improved but not yet out of the woods. As an older fellow with myriad health problems, my father is subject to a game of health dominoes: you take a severe blow to one system and all the others start breaking down. It’s like pulling at the bottom of a house of cards.

I’m there to keep him company, not watch baseball, but he’s sensitive to my work and my enthusiasms, and so he keeps offering. Unfortunately, the television in his room gets about 12 channels, none of them YES or the MLB network. He does get ESPN, but their attention to the only sport that matters has been intermittent as they’ve been dealing with the NFL draft, badminton, and other apparently pressing matters. Because

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 15, 2010 at 06:12:37 PM

You have to be very selective in your evidence if you want to conclude that Javier Vazquez cannot pitch in pinstripes. First, you have to overreact to his first two starts. Second, you have to read his 2004 record very carefully, overlooking inconvenient information. You can’t admit that his home record was 9-4 with a 4.13 ERA, versus 5-6 with a 5.79 ERA on the road, or that in the first half his record was 10-5 with a 3.56 ERA. You have to make a highly judgmental inference, that Vazquez suddenly became afraid somewhere in the middle of July, rather than admit the most likely possibility, which is that in the second half he was dealing with a transient but debilitating injury of some kind or perhaps severe mechanical difficulties.

Unless Vazquez was dealing with a kind of Ed-Whitsonian

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 14, 2010 at 05:42:48 PM

…Are not what Javier Vazquez heard at Yankee Stadium today. At the risk of indulging in some amateur psychology, it must be difficult to execute when you’re aware that the stakes of a given game transcend winning or losing. Having had a bad start in Tampa and, we assume, being fully aware of the skepticism with which most fans regard him after 2004, Vazquez must know that if he has a bad start today he’s going to face at least a month of hostile home crowds and scathing press and internet chatter no matter how he does in subsequent appearances, whereas if he wins the game he can nip the grumblers in the bud or some equally sensitive part of the body.

The good news is that all Vazquez has to do for the Yankees is put together a season somewhere between his career ERA of

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