The Yankees made quick work of the Orioles, sweeping a three-game set, but it was the Bombers’ own physical woes that created a sense of panic this week.
Mariano Rivera has a sore side. Andy Pettitte left Wednesday’s game with soreness in his left pitching arm. Joba Chamberlain is on the shelf and Jorge Posada is banged up. Not how the Yankees want to be heading into a three-game set with the Red Sox.
Ignore the fact that Boston is in fourth place in the AL East. They could be in 11th of five teams and still bring a fight. This weekend series will be tough for the Yankees, given all of their injuries.
One of the Yankees who will not be playing at Fenway is Javier Vazquez. With a 1-3 record and 9.78 ERA skipper Joe Girardi said that he will put Vazquez on ice for the Fenway series and give him the start in Detroit on Monday against the Tigers. Don’t assume that move will help Vazquez any, since Detroit has a better record than Boston does and is currently occupying second place in the AL Central.
Currently the Facebook group Yankee Fans Against Javier Vazquez is 29 members strong. The group is for those “who support either the trade, release or demotion to Scranton of Javier Vazquez.” Those are some very disparate options. I feel that if he just needs to “work things out” as Girardi has said, then send him to Scranton and let him do that. Keep throwing him out there for starts against any major league team, and he’ll keep on getting crushed. That won’t help anyone, especially not him or the Yankees.
The Bombers gave up a fan favorite in Melky Cabrera for Vazquez, so there’s not much patience for the righty to get back on track. (Cabrera is currently batting below the Mendoza Line for the Braves, by the way, but that doesn’t mean that fans don’t miss him).
What do you think? Send Vazquez to Scranton? Trade him for a couple cases of balls? Is it time to throw in the towel or show some more patience?
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Written by Stephanie Geosits