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Javier Vazquez: “I’m embarrassed the way I’m throwing”

May 10, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

Javier Vazquez

Back in December the Marlins were hoping a physical therapist could help Javier Vazquez rediscover his fastball velocity after they signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year, $7 million deal.

Normally moving from the AL and hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to the NL and Florida’s pitcher-friendly ballpark would have made Vazquez a strong bounceback candidate, but as I wrote at the time 35-year-old pitchers coming off a season in which they had a 5.32 ERA and averaged 88.7 miles per hour with their fastball aren’t great bets for much of anything.

Sure enough Vazquez has struggled and after an ugly start against the Phillies last night he has a 6.88 ERA and .312 opponents’ batting average through seven outings. Even more worrisome than the bloated ERA is Vazquez’s terrible 16/22 K/BB ratio, which includes zero strikeouts versus Philadelphia.

Vazquez’s fastball has declined even further, clocking in at an average of 88.2 miles per hour, and after last night’s loss he was very frustrated when speaking to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:

I wish I had an explanation, but I’ve got nothing. Just frustrating. I’m embarrassed the way I’m throwing. Things aren’t happening right now for me. Nothing’s going right, so we’ve just got to keep working hard, battling, and hopefully I’ll get through this. If not, then I’ll be in trouble.

If you take Vazquez’s seven starts out of the mix the rest of the Marlins’ rotation is 10-3 with a 3.15 ERA.

  1. deathmonkey41 - May 10, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    He’s just embarassed now?

  2. imcrae38 - May 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    You figure that he would be used to it by now.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Seven. Million. Dollars.

    More money than I’ll ever see in my whole life, and this guy gets $7 million even AFTER the atrocious season he had last year.

    Gotta love it.

  4. spudchukar - May 10, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    He was god awful last night, but I gotta give him kudos for his honesty. But the Fish just cannot keep running him out there in the hopes that he will magically recover the one time talent. Maybe time for the new “dead arm” injury.

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