New York Yankee fans are finally cheering for Javier Vazquez, but the relationship is still very tender because it’s hard to let go of the past.
Vazquez is up against the great Seattle Mariner Felix Hernandez, aka. King Felix. Beating the King at home would do wonders for Vazquez, his team and the fans.
King Felix has not had the best start this season, but once May turned to June the King has flashed the brilliance that earned him the nicknamed. In his last two starts King Felix has thrown for nine innings and the one prior to that he went 8 2/3 innings. The King wants to follow in his teammate Cliff Lee‘s footsteps by throwing his third complete game in a row.
In the month of June, King Felix has a 2.88 ERA, 40 strike-outs and slowed just two home-runs. King Felix has been improving with each start. It is no secret that the last place Mariners need wins from their top pitchers to even have a shot of getting out of the hole in the AL West.
Perfect timing for Yankees Mark Teixeira to get hot. Tex has a 10-game hitting streak going and has the best record against the King with three home-runs, six RBIs in 36 at-bats. Tex has to have a good eye because King Felix has struck him out eight times as well.
The other Yankees with some success against the King is Nick Swisher. Swisher hit two home-runs against Cliff Lee last night, who had only allowed three so far this season. Lee is the best pitcher in baseball, so Swisher must be feeling pretty good at the plate.
Against the King, Swish has gone yard three times, with four RBIs and five walks in 23 at-bats.
Should be interesting match-up for the Yankees line-up. It is about time the hitters step it up for Vazquez who has had the least help runs-wise on the season.
Vazquez can easily give the team the chance to win, but not without a helping hand.
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