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Vazquez reclaiming lost velocity

Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:04 pm
 
Javier Vazquez All season long, Javier Vazquez has suffered from a curious drop in velocity , unable to pinpoint why.

A simple tweak in mechanics may have been all that was needed, as pitching coach Dave Eiland and Vazquez have altered the position of his leg kick, pulling it inward more to achieve more momentum forward. In addition, the righty is throwing more over the top, which adds more velocity at the sacrifice of a tailing fastball, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger .

After topping out at 87-88 mph in most of his starts, Vazquez's latest relief appearance on Monday averaged 89 mph, topping out at 92. That's a massive step forward.

Such a move may warrant Vazquez's return to the rotation. A.J. Burnett has a 7.80 ERA in his last five starts encompassing 30 innings, while Ivan Nova is currently untested in the No. 5 spot. Additionally, Dustin Moseley -- whom Vazquez relieved on Monday after 4 2/3 innings -- has been solid for the Yankees, but far from effective and with shoddy strikeout and walk numbers. And phenom Phil Hughes is creeping up on his innings limit and has struggled in the second half, perhaps due to his workload. That leaves the Yankees with just one viable starter in October: CC Sabathia.

For the Yankees to have any hope in the playoffs, Andy Pettitte must return from his injury, play up to expectations and see at least one other pitcher emerge to be a solid No. 3. That just might be Javier Vazquez, who could end up a hero instead of a goat as he has been over his two years served in the Bronx.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Vazquez reclaiming lost velocity

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Vazquez reclaiming lost velocity

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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:26 am
 

Vazquez reclaiming lost velocity

AWESOME...so...pitching coach Dave Eiland is able to make a "simple tweak in mechanics" for Vazquez...does Dave Eiland have any background in Psychology? Maybe he can get into AJ Burnetts head and make a "simple tweak" in his mental functions! A 7.80 ERA in his last five starts encompassing 30 innings...come on AJ we need way better than that!



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:51 pm
 

Vazquez reclaiming lost velocity

I got a special tweak for Javy.

THE TWEAK TO THE CURB!

This bum will never win a big game in his life.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:18 pm
 

Vazquez reclaiming lost velocity

I agree.  From what we saw Monday, the ideal would be for Andy and CC to be joined by either Nova or Hughes in a playoff rotation, with Javy as long reliever, a role for which no-one else on the staff is well suited.  Barring that, Javy just might have to be reabsorbed into the rotation, with Girardi then rolling dice in terms of long and middle relief.



Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:48 pm
 

Vazquez reclaiming lost velocity

Javy seems to be a great fit in long relief. The wild card in the Yankee rotation could be Ivan Nova. If he can pitch in September like he has in his last 2 starts, watch out. The Yankees will be tough to beat.


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