Vasquez Still Doesn't Impress: But That's Only Two Starts

Jason KimCorrespondent IApril 14, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 14:  Javier Vazquez #31 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 14, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Hold it. 

Stop playing facts against Javier Vasquez for 2 starts.

Stats: do they matter? Yes. But you can't give up on the guy that finished 3rd last year in the NL Cy Young voting.

Yankees fans doubted Cashman's move on acquiring Vasquez this past offseason, as he mightily struggled in the 2nd half in 2004, when he was a Yankee in the AL.

People said: "Oh... he's going to struggle because he is back in the AL." Oh really? Nobody seems to mention that he played for the Chicago White Sox, too which is an American League team and pitched above average, and he didn't post a 4.91 ERA there.

Remember in 2004? When all Yankees fans remember about him is giving up the HR that lost the Yankees another league pennant? But do remember this: he is a starter, not a reliever. 

He also admitted after being traded to the Yankees that he was playing with an injury in the 2nd half.

Vasquez had a All-Star 1st half without the injury.

Just because he had has 2 bad starts doesn't mean General Manager Brian Cashman should just release him or trade him.

If you Yankees fans think that, then you would have wanted First Baseman Mark Teixeira out of the way, as he was on a cold streak in the first month in his first year.

Basically, just give this guy a break. 

He is already an established Starting Pitcher.