For pitcher Javier Vazquez, it is his first start of the season but, not in the pinstripes. Vazquez has to win back Yankee fans trust again, as he was the scapegoat and unfairly blamed for the 2004’s ALCS result.
Vazquez finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting in 2009, recording 238 strikeouts in 32 starts for the Atlanta Braves. Vazquez strongest season to date with a 2.87 ERA, with 15 wins on a struggling offensive which does not represent a clear picture. Vazquez has pitched over 200 innings consistently for nine of ten seasons, with a strong team behind him, the fourth starter should be feared.
Vazquez faces Rays David Rice, who was the #1 draft pick in 2007, and the apple of my scouts eyes.
Price is a hard throwing lefty, with a nasty slider just shy of 90 mph. His command of the strike-zone is a determination beyond his years, throwing first-pitch strikes and jamming batters-up. Price’s directive on the mound continues to improve with a strong finish in 2009.
Price’s short history against the Yankees is sweet, holding the bombers to .123 at the plate.
The Yankees sluggers need to wake-up tonight, aka Arod and Tex need to get going and make Posada some breathing room. Cano is slowly improving, but Price throws left so Granderson can not be counted on making it imperative that Swisher keeps his streak going.
Anyone want to guess how many times Johnson walks this series?
Tampa DH Pat Burrell (pat the bat) will give him a run for his money in that category, except Pat the Bat could teach Johnson how to swing at the ball too.