We Like Our New Toys Dept.

Okay, we’re just beginning spring training. But in the two innings we’ve seen him thus far we’ve learned this about Javier Vazquez: he gets ahead, he throws heat in the 90s, his curves/sliders drop off the proverbial table, and his offspeed is way down in the 60s. Sounds a lot like another former Expo pitching in the AL East. And this guy’s just 27 and racks up innings like an old timer.

And while we’re at it, Travis Lee sure looks like a keeper. Good glove. Good bat. Paul O’Neill meets Tino Martinez.

Let the games begin…

4 comments… add one
  • If you followed the NL as much as the AL, you’d have questioned why nobody around baseball went after Vazquez earlier. He’s the ace of the Yanks, in my opinion, and lots of teams dropped the ball on this one. Even the Sox, perhaps (Schilling notwithstanding).
    As for Lee, hold on there, partner. He’s neither Tino nor O’Neill. A hybrid? Perhaps a modestly lesser one in appearance and skill set, so let’s not hyperbolize too much.

    SF March 12, 2004, 7:10 am
  • A bit of irrational exuberance is surely one of the great joys of the spring season, so please do just let us have our fun for a bit before things get serious.
    As for Vazquez being undervalued, as I’m sure you will admit, this blogger had been calling for his acquisition LONG before the trade for him was even a rumor, let alone a fait accompli.

    YF March 12, 2004, 11:03 am
  • Did you see that Bronson Arroyo Saturday? Three scoreless innings against the mighty Bombers!!!! Could this be the second coming of Nolan Ryan?!?! WOW WAS HE GOOD!!!!!
    Oh, wait – just looked at the news – he got killed in yesterday’s split squad. So maybe he’s just the second coming of Rolando Arrojo, or Bronson Pinchot, or…
    (Irrational exuberance sometimes sounds a bit silly, no?)

    SF March 12, 2004, 11:15 am
  • Indeed. That’s why they call it “irrational”!

    YF March 12, 2004, 12:16 pm

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