Sunday, June 6, 2010

Vazquez saves Yankees weekend in Toronto

Thank goodness the New York Yankees have Javier Vazquez. Yes, I really said that. If it wasn't for his strong outing today, the Yanks might have left Toronto with their tails between their legs after another bad run-in with a division foe.

After AJ Burnett's shaky outing on Friday and a wasted, solid effort from Andy Pettitte, the Yankees really needed a good outing from Vazquez. And they got it. He held the Toronto Blue Jays down long enough for the Yankees offense to strike back, with the help of some painful hit by pitches by Toronto pitchers and clutch hitting from Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. They managed to escape Toronto with a win when they were just two innings shy of an embarrassing sweep.

The Yankees now head down to Baltimore where they can try to regain their mojo by beating down the hapless Orioles. But the lack of offense this weekend was a wake-up call. It was long assumed that once the Yankees lineup was close to full strength after the numerous injuries, that the struggle to score runs would end. But that has not been the case with Mark Teixeira still caught in his funk and Alex Rodriguez having trouble with runners on base.

Considering the way the weekend was heading, one out of three ain't bad. Thanks, Javy!

Thanks to sillygwailo via Wikipedia for the photo.

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