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Vazquez wisely skipped in Yankees' rotation

May 15, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

vazquez watching homer.jpgYankees manager Joe Girardi made a calculated move Saturday in an effort to protect Javier Vazquez’s confidence, bumping the righty from his next scheduled start. 

Vazquez pitched a solid seven innings of two-run ball last Wednesday against the Tigers and was in line to take on either the Red Sox or Rays this week.  But Girardi made the decision Saturday to have the struggling starter avoid both high-powered offenses.  Vazquez, 33, will take on the Mets at Citi Field on Friday instead.  From the Newark Star-Ledger:

“We talked amongst ourselves and discussed it,” Girardi said Saturday. “I know
Javy wants to pitch. But that was what we thought was the right
decision at this time.”

Some Yankees fans might want to call it “babying,” but this is a smart move for both the club and Vazquez himself.  He is 1-4 this year with an 8.10 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP over six starts and the Yanks continue to battle for the top spot in the American League East with Tampa Bay.  They need their best starters on the mound right now and Vazquez — for the time being — is not one of them.

  1. Paul Martin - May 15, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    How many teams are there outside New York?
    How many excellent players on other teams are being ignored?
    This column is not called New York Baseball talk!

  2. YankeesfanLen - May 15, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    No, it’s not called New York Baseball Talk because the Metropolitans are barely noted in these parts. We tend to discuss superior teams here.

  3. Paul Martin - May 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Check again. A third rate Metropolitan was discussed just before the two second rate Yankees.

  4. Vaux - May 15, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Guess what? There are more fans of New York baseball teams than almost any other baseball teams. One would expect more media coverage of those teams than of most other teams, and shouldn’t waste energy complaining about that which is logical and inevitable. There are plenty of places to find coverage of every team, including here when a story is interesting or of remotevly national significance.

  5. Paul Martin - May 15, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    This column is called Hardball Talk, not New York Baseball Talk. Fans outside New York have no interest in the 5th starter for the Yankees and have no interest in their fragile DH. Who cares if the Metropolitans ennd of of their over rated, high priced mistakes to the bull pen?
    LOL! My Captcha words are “say yucky”. That kind of describes the quality of Hardball Talk. Pro Football Talk is much more interesting.

  6. James - May 15, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    the Yanks should of bumped his start up so Vazquez could face the Twins. The Twins cant win against the Yanks. Boom, there’s your confidence boost

  7. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - May 15, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    If the Metropolitans are third rate and the Yankees are second rate, who’s the first rate New York team?

  8. Paul Martin - May 16, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Hello Boo Hoo! Kindly read my comments a little more carefully. I was referring to certain players as being third rate and second rate. As far as Florio is concerned, one of his best attributes is that he is not based in New York and yes he has picked on my team (the Bills).

  9. jwb - May 16, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    “who’s the first rate New York team?”
    The Sabres.

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