As we enter the month of May, the Boston Red Sox currently sit on top of the AL East. This is mainly because of the superb offense this Boston team has. In the beginning, the pitching was a little shaky. Price was off to a rough start, Buchholz was horrendous, Kelly got hurt, and the bullpen was having a tough time saving games. When you look at a team’s pitching, you may also take a look at the man behind the plate. The catcher is easily one of the most important guys on the diamond, and having one who can make an impact on the rotation is huge. On April 15th, Christian Vazquez made his 2016 debut.
Vazquez played his rookie season for Boston in 2014, playing in 55 total games behind the dish. Vazquez had a fielding percentage of .987, showing Boston how unreal he was defensively. Unfortunately for Boston, Vazquez had to get Tommy John surgery and was out for the entire 2015 season.
His first game back this season was against the Toronto Blue Jays, with Rick Porcello on the mound. Don’t even get me started on Rick Porcello. That man is currently 5-0 with a 2.87 ERA as a #4 starter. Watch out for Ricky P, his stuff is absolutely disgusting this season. Early in the game, Christian Vazquez did a little something to remind everyone how dangerous he his behind the plate.
How about that. First game back, fresh off of Tommy J surgery. Tulo takes a big secondary lead and Vazquez sends him back to the dugout. Unreal. In that same game, Vazquez showed off his offense with two shots off the monster.
Most importantly, Vazquez calls a great game behind the dish. Boston’s starters shared that they feel more comfortable with him catching, due to his game-calling and consistency. He takes control back there, has an unreal arm, and is great at framing a baseball. Just what you want from a backstop, especially a young one like Vazquez.
Let’s take a look at some offense produced by Christian. This was an absolute bomb against the New York Yankees, hit off one of the best relief pitchers in the game, Dellin Betances.
Rumor has it that baseball landed two days after it was hit. Just goes to show that anything can happen in baseball. Vazquez isn’t known at all for his offense, and Betances can mow down lineups like a John Deer lawn mower. But hey, it’s baseball.
You should expect to hear the name Christian Vazquez a lot this season, and in the future years to come. He is a major threat behind the plate, and could easily lead a team like the Boston Red Sox. I love the guy, and I love the impact he has on the game. Nothing better than hitting bombs against New York, and Vazquez now knows how that feels.