So here it is. The first batch of links from the first half of the week. As expected, most of this stuff is related to Javy Vazquez and his complete inability to pitch effectively or even be a man on the mound.
- Steve S. from TYU was the first to hop on the "what the hell should the Yanks do with Vazquez?" train, and like Nostrodamus, he predicted Vazquez would be skipped for a start.
- He followed it up with the perfect post about why Vazquez being skipped was the right move to make from every conceivable angle. We've already touched on this yesterday, but when you can skip your weakest link against your biggest rival, set up arguably your 3 best pitchers right now in his place, keep everybody on regular to extra rest, and give your weak link a chance to fix his problems, you can't argue with that decision.
- But damn if somebody isn't going to try, and that was my buddy, Lenny from LenNY's Yankees. His post on Monday argued against skipping Vazquez. Lenny, Lenny, Lenny. Usually I'm picking up whatever you're putting down but I just couldn't get on board with this decision.
Just because it's early in the season and just because the Red Sox are playing like shit doesn't mean you sacrifice winning. Why even give the Sox a chance to break out against Vazquez when you don't have to? Limit the damage to the team and to Vazquez and keep the victory train rolling, baby!
(I do agree with the point about bullpen sessions not meaning anything though. I don't care what Vazquez does in the 'pen if he's going to continue to shit the bed on the mound.)
- In the midst of all the Vazquez hysteria, Joe Paw at RAB took a minute to remind us all that none of the Yankees' other offseason 5th starter options are doing much better. Sheets and Piniero have fallen back to Earth after good starts and Justin Duchsherer's hip is hurt again, so at least Javy isn't alone in his ineffectiveness. And when you've got 4 aces making up the rest of your staff, you'll live with one bad seed.
- Best post of the week so far has to be Steve at TYU's look back at the Johan trade that wasn't for the Yankees in 2007 and how that's working out for the Yankees now. I remember being steadfastly against trading Hughes and the rest of the farm for Johan back in the day, even when he was hands down the most dominant pitcher in baseball. The Yankees made a wise move in holding onto Hughes and company and now they're reaping the early benefits this year while Mets fans watch Johan walk 47-year-old fossils and hand out home runs like he's a free sample person at Sam's Club.
So there you have it. Javy sucks, Phil rules, and it's all there for you to read about. Have fun killing time at work tomorrow with this. You're welcome.