This weeks Player of the week goes to. (Insert Drum roll here)

This seems to be the most popular page on the blog so even though it is the offseason we will still name a player of the week. This week it is Javier Vazquez.

Everyone looks at Vazque’s record of his first time in pinstripes and immediately says that the Yankees are crazy bringing him back. In 2004 he was 14-10 with an ERA of 4.91. These are pedestrian numbers to say the least, until you did a little deeper and get the whole story.

The first half of Vaquez season with the Yankees was just short of brilliant he went he was 10-5 with an ERA of 3.57 and won a trip to the all-star game. In 118 innings pitched he only gave up 105 hits and struck out 95 batters. Those arent the numbers of someone who cant handle pitching in NY.
The Second half of the season was a different story as he went 4-5 with a 6.92 ERA. Vazquez had an injury, that not unlike another ex pitcher of the Yankees,thought he could pitch through it but couldn’t.Or at least this is how he explains his second half collapse.

Since that season with the Yankees he has been up and down last year was deffinately an up year as he went 15-10 with an ERA of 2.87 pitching 219 innings with 238 strikeouts. Good for 3rd in Strikeouts and 5th in innings pitched. He also had three complete games.

The Yankees don’t even expect greatness from him as their forth starter. They expect him to pitch 200+ innings have 15+ wins and an ERA around 4 if not slightly under. If he can do this as a number four starter the Yankees will without a doubt have the best rotation in the game. Vazquez loves the Yankees and loves the opportunity to go back and correct a great wrong which was the second half of 2004.

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