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Javier Vazquez continues dramatic turnaround, hurls first shutout since 2005

Sep 17, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

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The resurgence of Javier Vazquez marches on.

Vazquez allowed five hits and struck out seven in a complete game shutout against the Nationals last night. It was his first complete game since September 25, 2009 as a member of the Braves and his first shutout since May 22, 2005 with the Diamondbacks. After last night’s shutout, Vazquez now has a 3.92 ERA on the season.

Vazquez had a 7.09 ERA after giving up seven runs over 3 2/3 innings on June 11. It was easy to say that he looked done at the time, but thanks to a sudden uptick in velocity, the 35-year-old right-hander has an incredible 2.03 ERA and 100/18 K/BB ratio in 110 2/3 innings over his last 17 starts. Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum and Justin Verlander are the only pitchers with a lower ERA during the same timespan.

Vazquez is still leaning toward retirement following the season, but he would likely find a multi-year contract this winter if he wants to continue his career.

  1. gogigantos - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    should be looking for a few more dollars, he should
    though a Jedi needs not such things

  2. pisano - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    He should keep leaning toward retirement, this velocity increase won’t last. Any team that offers him a multi-year contract is looking for trouble, does John Lacking and A.J. Burnout ring any bells.

    • Glenn - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      They’re getting their bells rung.

  3. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Let’s fill in some details, DJ. Javy fanned seven and walked none. He worked quickly and he was as focused as an industrial laser. I wouldn’t mind seeing the guy come back for a year – what with the defenestration of Mike Cameron, DeWayne Wise and Kindly Uncle Wes (backstory here, btw) the Feesh are really thin in the VLQ™ department – though no doubt Scrooge McLoria will send Larry Beinfest out to patrol the midden heaps of MLB this weenter along with the bears and coyotes in search of some more scrapheap and rule five pickups so that Beinfest can try to re-burnish his tarnished reputation for reclamation wizardry. Javy could provide Veteran Leadership as well as win the Feesh a few games while they tread water wait for the Feelies rotation to get old, slow and brokedown.

    • Old Gator - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      Oh yeah, Kindly Uncle Wes backstory. As our dedicated correspondents know, I have not been kind to Kindly Uncle Wes as an active player, insisting for two seasons now that the guy is washed up and ought to start thinking about making it back to show as a manager. He’d be a good one – good baseball head, very high VLQ™ and all.

      It turns out now that there was more than coincidence to his simultaneous defenestration along with Tweeter’s demotion to the Little Easy. Seems that Tweeter wanted to skip the infamous photo op with the season ticket holders to show his annoyance with the front orifice, and sought out the Feesh’ player’s association rep, who was none other than Kindly Uncle Wes, to find out if he was obligated to attend the P/R event. Kindly Uncle Wes said no, it’s not obligatory. Later that evening, both had a bootheel imprint on their nates.

      So it goes. The Chihuahua loves sending ballplayers into various states of exile, the way Rick Perry gets off on signing death warrants and the rest of us love sneaking into the bathroom with a copy of Playboy and a jar of Vaseline.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 17, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      For some reason, the Nats can’t beat the Fish at Nats Park. But this was embarrassing. Especially after a game earlier this season when I saw the Nats shell Vazquez for 6 runs in the first.

      Vazquez’s is a nice story, but someone will overpay him this off-season. Just hope it isn’t Mike Rizzo.

  4. gogigantos - Sep 17, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    would like to see the man make some money and pitch well, for somebody not my team,, and not beat the boys by the bay would be nice too

  5. mgflolox - Sep 18, 2011 at 3:42 AM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him in green & gold.

    • Old Gator - Sep 18, 2011 at 11:52 PM

      I dunno. I don’t think he’d make much of a leprechaun.

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