Throughout his career, Javier Vazquez has been seen as a good pitcher, but he's never been great. He has some of the best stuff in baseball, yet in eleven seasons, he's only been able to compile a career record of 127-127. A big reason for this is because Javier seems to disappear in big games.
It's a perception that Vazquez has worked hard to rid himself of, but he hasn't had much of a chance. He's only made one postseason start in his career, and he gave up five runs in five innings for the Yankees in 2004. Well, Vazquez will be starting for the White Sox when they begin their biggest series of the season on Tuesday in Minnesota, and his manager would like him to step it up.
''He hasn't been [a big-game pitcher], that's the bottom line.
''What you see is what you get,'' Guillen said. ''Javy is going to be Javy. I just want him to be aggressive, throw the ball over the plate and knock somebody on their [butt]. That's a big three games for us.
''You have to be mean. Go out there and show them we show up to play, show up to kick your guys' [butts]. And believe me, that will take care of itself.''
The White Sox currently hold a two and a half game lead on the Twins in the AL Central, and start a three game series with the Twins at the Metrodome tomorrow. The Twins have won five of the six games played between the two teams in Minnesota this season.