On an overcast day in Detroit, Javier Vazquez finally pitched beyond his stormy first month of the season. His fastball command was much better, his pace was much better and his results were much better.
It was a loss for the Yankees, but it was a step in the right direction for their starting pitcher.
“Everybody knows that I needed a good game. I’m going to keep working on everything and hopefully little by little I’ll make improvements.”
The Yankees have to play another nine-inning game tonight, so they needed depth from Vazquez. He gave them seven strong innings, striking out seven and allowing five singles. No one seemed able to pinpoint one specific mechanical difference from his previous starts. The biggest difference was Vazquez finally executing his pitches and spotting his fastball.
“That’s the only thing,” Jorge Posada said. “I didn’t see anything different before. I think he was just executing his pitches. He felt comfortable and did a lot of good out there.”
And here’s Posada.