April 27, 2010

Checking in on Granderson, Johnson & Vazquez

Here’s an update on the three main offseason acquisitions.

Curtis Granderson: .246 BA/.343 OBP/.443 SLG, 9 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1.22 K/BB, 4 SB
He is hitless in his last 18 plate appearances, dropping his BA 70 points. However, he’s done a lot of the little things to keep the hometown fans from booing him, like hitting a homer in his first at-bat and a game-winner of Jonathan Papelbon. He also has two assists from center field and is yet to make an error. Best of all: we’ve heard no complaints from him for hitting seventh or eighth the majority of the season.

Nick Johnson: .135/.375/.231, 7 R, HR, 5 RBI, 1 K/BB
The guy just isn’t putting the ball in play (47.2 percent of the time). Of his 16 games played this year, he’s walked in 12 and struck out in 13. He’s expected to come back from a minor back injury today, so let’s see if he can start racking up some hits.

Javier Vazquez: 1-3, 9.00 ERA, 25 1-3 IP, 28 H, 8 BB, 16 K
If Brett Gardner wasn’t off to a great start, some Yankees fans might be calling for Brian Cashman’s head for trading Melky Cabrera for Vazquez. If it makes you feel any better, the Melk-Man is hitting a cool .175.

Anyway, Vazquez has obviously been a disappointment, but I’m not ready to give up on him yet. Three of his four starts have been against tough opponents and, according to him, he hasn’t built up his fastball velocity all the way. I have a good feeling about his next start because he’s facing the White Sox (his former team, so he’ll want to show Ozzie Guillen) and I will be at Yankee Stadium to see him!

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