As i wrote in my game story, the signing of Javier Vazquez is beginning to bear a striking resemblance to the signing of Al Leiter, which is not a good thing for the Marlins. Vazquez was knocked out early once again on Monday when the Phillies got to him for six runs on nine hits.
Afterward, Vazquez -- now 2-3 with a 6.88 ERA -- sounded as down as he's been all season.
"I wish I had an explanation, but I've got nothing," he said. "Just frustrating. I'm embarrassed the way I'm throwing. Things aren't happening right now for me. Nothing's going right, so we've just got to keep working hard, battling, and hopefully I'll get through this. If not, then I'll be in trouble."
On top of everything else, Vazquez forgot to back up home plate on a throw in from Emilio Bonifacio, which ended up going over the head of catcher John Buck and striking the backstrop. Vazquez took full blame.
"I was not where i needed to be," Vazquez said. "The first thing I did wrong was I didn't cover home plate."
A run ended up scoring on the play.
The Marlins spent $7 million on Vazquez thinking he would bounce back in the National League after a poor season in 2010 with the Yankees. Sound familiar? For Marlins fans, it should. They signed Leiter to a $8 million deal for 2005, and he was a huge flop, going 2-7 with a 6.64 ERA before he was finally released midway through the season.
At the moment, the Marlins have no such plans for Vazquez, and manager Edwin Rodriguez said he'll make his next scheduled start. But it must be troubling to the front office, which doesn't exactly have a viable replacement for Vazquez waiting in the minors.
-- Reliever Edward Mujica was carted off in the seventh inning with what the Marlins termed as a strained left knee. But Mujica was walking around in the clubhouse afterward and is listed as day to day. He said he felt sore, but would wait to tomorrow to see if it was any worse.