RIP: Javy Vazquez’s Yankees career

RIP, Javy Vazquez’s career in pinstripes. After another crappy (is that too kind?) outing, this will hopefully likely be the last we see of Javy in a Yankee uniform. We’ve seen the stats by now and they are flat out horrible. Old school, new school, elementary school, vocational school. I can’t see any reason why Girardi would place him on the playoff roster. None.

No matter what you want to look at, Javy Vazquez has been drinking copiously from the Fountain of Suck.

So first, his Yankees numbers (which don’t include tonite’s %&^*burger sandwich). Suffice it to say, 2004 and 2010 are among his worst two years as a professional. Also the only two years since age 24 where he didn’t reach 200 IP. Looking at just these two years lacks the perspective. I encourage you to check out his entire career to better appreciate how bad he’s been here, relative to elsewhere (read: the NL).

Year Age Tm W L ERA IP ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2004 28 NYY 14 10 4.91 198.0 92 1.288 8.9 1.5 2.7 6.8 2.50
2010 34 NYY 10 9 5.07 152.2 85 1.362 8.5 1.7 3.7 7.1 1.92
NYY (2 yrs) 24 19 4.98 350.2 89 1.320 8.7 1.6 3.2 7.0 2.20
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table, Generated 9/29/2010.


Let’s enjoy the simplicity of the graphs coming out of fangraphs.com, taking note of how often the 2010 line jumps from “good” to “poor”:

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Predicting The Playoff Roster, Take 2

Now that the Yankees have clinched a spot in the postseason, it is once again safe to discuss the postseason roster. I last did so at the end of August, and provided the following list of players I believe to be locks: Position Players (12) Jorge Posada Francisco Cervelli Mark Teixeira Lance Berkman Robinson Cano Derek Jeter Alex Rodriguez Brett Gardner Curtis Granderson Nick Swisher Marcus Thames Austin Kearns Pitchers (8) CC Sabathia Andy Pettitte Phil Hughes Mariano Rivera Joba Chamberlain David Robertson Boone Logan Kerry Wood I think Austin Kearns has lost his lock status due to some poor Continue reading Predicting The Playoff Roster, Take 2

Speculating on the postseason rotation

Now that the Yankees have finally secured their postseason berth, it’s time for rampant speculation regarding the Yankees’ rotation plans for the playoffs. Matt took a quick look last week and concluded that the Yankees would be best served going with a three-man rotation in the first round, which is almost certainly what they’ll do, as they’d only have to start Game 1 starter CC Sabathia on short rest once, in Game 4, on Sunday, October 10. Sabathia would then be on full rest to start ALCS Game 1 on Friday, October 15, if the Yankees get there. Speaking of Continue reading Speculating on the postseason rotation

Cured: The Curtis Granderson Story

And if you don’t know, now you know! Photo courtesy of AP and daylife.com As the buzz from the 2009 World Series wore off and Yankee fans began to look to the next season of baseball, Ninja-in-Chief and General Manager Brian Cashman struck with precision and speed and dealt longtime Yankee prospects CF Austin Jackson and RHP Ian Kennedy, along with LHP reliever Phil Coke to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers as a part of a three-way deal that brought CF Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.  After watching Melky Cabrera hack his way through a full season and without Continue reading Cured: The Curtis Granderson Story

The shrinking offensive contributions of Brett Gardner

After another A.J. Burnett implosion on Monday, I couldn’t help but notice something awry in the outfield. Specifically, why was Austin Kearns manning left field? I wondered if perhaps Gardner was given a day off in preparation of the postseason (although it does seem as though he’s been used pretty sparingly of late). Granted, he’s likely still recovering from injury and Girardi was simply exhibiting caution. And maybe he just hasn’t had great success against the renowned Marc Rzepczynski (although he has accumulated a career triple slash of .318/.456/.614 against the Blue Jays and .333/.500/.533 line at the Rogers Center). Continue reading The shrinking offensive contributions of Brett Gardner

Reviewing The Top of the 10th

Last night, PBS aired the first half of The Tenth Inning, Ken Burns’ follow-up to his famous documentary about baseball. Even though someone at PBS made the unfathomable decision to air this thing on nights where baseball fans are watching, you know, baseball games, I was able to watch it while watching the Yankees clinch a playoff berth (seriously PBS, what were you thinking?) thanks to the wonders of MLB TV.

First, I should probably note that I don’t have particularly strong feelings about the original, which seems to make me a minority. I very much enjoyed the first half of it or so, but thought it got a bit dull and uninteresting once it got around to the mid-1950’s or so. It just seemed like there wasn’t anything particularly interesting that it had to say about more recent baseball history, given the overall direction of the production. So given that nearly all of the events in the new edition took place during parts of my life where I was fully aware of baseball, I really wasn’t expecting it to be that interesting.

What makes The Tenth Inning work, however, is that it seeks to be less informational and more retrospective. It’s a documentary aimed at the casual fan, to be sure, and maybe they’ll learn something new from it, but for the more engaged baseball fan, it’s really just a chance to remember the major events of the past 20 years or so. And especially since I was a kid through all of the material presented thus far, I found this trip down memory lane much more enjoyable than I expected to. Continue reading Reviewing The Top of the 10th

Upon Making the Playoffs

Finally. At the end of what has seemed like the longest September in Yankee history, the Bombers finally clinched the playoffs last night when they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays. A few things strolled across my mind as the final out was recorded: 1. Congratulations to the Yankees. They’ve worked hard to get to where they are and it’s great to see them get into the playoffs. We knew from the beginning of the year that they would most likely end up here, but that doesn’t make the act of clinching the playoffs any less special. The ultimate goal is Continue reading Upon Making the Playoffs

A follow-up look at whether late-season play translates into October success

Yesterday I examined whether or not playing well late in the season translated into October success for batters. The answer was no, probably not. I compared regular season wOBAs in the months of September and October for batters to their wOBAs in the postseason to see if trends that began at the end of the regular season continued into the playoffs. The numbers indicated that for the last three World Series winners at most four batters continued their late-season trends into October. The rest saw their performances reset, sometimes wildly. Today I’m examining the key pitchers from the 2009 Yankees, Continue reading A follow-up look at whether late-season play translates into October success

And exhale

Needing one more victory to clinch a playoff spot, the Yankees turned to ace CC Sabathia to finally restore some order to the proceedings (since Friday, August 6, the Yankees have gone 26-24 over their last 50 games with a 4.25 team ERA. In the 107 games prior they posted a 3.82 team ERA) and Sabathia responded in kind, hurling one of his best outings of the year. Sabathia tossed 8 1/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball, giving him his 21st victory of the season and helping the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-1 to clinch at the very least Continue reading And exhale