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April 9, 2010: Yankees v. Rays

Javier Vasquez (15-10, 2.87 ERA in 2009) v. David Price (10-7, 4.42 ERA in 2009)

Vasquez is 52-46 with a 4.52 ERA in four AL seasons. He’s 90-93 with a 4.02 ERA in eight NL seasons.

What Vasquez has mainly done since his last stint with the Yankees is increase his groundball rate and cut down on fly balls (no, that’s not redundant, the third component is line drive percentage). His home run per fly ball ratio in 2004 (12.5 percent) was the highest of his career. It dropped to 10.1 last season.

In terms of pitch selection, he throws slightly harder now than he did with the 2004 Yankees, but has cut down his fastball percentage from almost 57 percent in 2004 to just under 50 percent last year. In its stead he’s thrown his slider a heck of a lot more, mixing it in with a curveball and change. He really does a nice job mixing in a number of different quality pitches. In terms of different speeds, he’s certainly got variety. The curve comes in at 73 mph, the change at 79.9 mph, the slider at 83.9 mph and the fastball at 91.1 mph. 

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