So what jumps out at you? Is it the:
- Jump in HR allowed (to 2.3 per 9IP, up from 0.8 last year)
- Jump in BB allowed (to 5.0 per 9IP, up from 1.8 last year)
- Jump in Hits allowed (to 11.3 per 9IP, up from 7.4 last year)
- Fall in K/BB ratio (to 1.64, down from 5.41 last year)
- The “slash line” of .309 / .398 / .580; essentially turning EVERY HITTER INTO AN ALL STAR (compared to the “slash line” of .223 / .266 / .346 in 2009, when he finished 4th in the Cy Young voting in the NL)
Or does his .345 BABIP (compared to the average of his prior five years of ~.303 BABIP) mean the most? Is it bad luck that’s dooming Javy, or is he simply “unable” to handle the stress of pitching in NY, or rather, FOR the Yankees?
Me, I’m not ready to bail on Javy just yet. I remember when the Yanks traded for him before 2004 and telling my father how excited I was, that we got a young guy in his prime who will be a horse for this team… and then I had to gag down my claims after the playoff series that NEVER HAPPENED. We got Javy back this year and I was excited. I wasn’t going to harp on 2004 since he was hurt the second half of the season, after making the All Star team… something that many fans conveniently forget. However, he’s not done much to endear himself to the Yanks fans and their Bronx Cheers.
Has pitching for the Yanks gotten into his head and destroyed his psyche and confidence? I sure hope not. With CC, Pettitte and the rest around him, I am sure they will do their best to help rally Javy. I hope (but sincerely doubt) the fans would try to do the same.
So what do you think? Is Javy Vazquez simply ill-equiped to pitch for the Yanks or are we all just suffering a small sample size to start 2010?