• Facing Vazquez nightmare for NL hitters

    By: John Perrotto


    There is a reason why Felipe Vazquez has earned the nickname “Nightmare.”

    The Pirates closer is a nightmare for opposing hitters. Just ask some of the players who step into the batter’s box against him.

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    “His stuff is as good anybody’s in the league,” Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong told me. “And he puts the ball where he wants to. Most pitchers who throw that hard usually don’t have pinpoint control, too. That’s a very tough combination.”

    It is also why Vazquez is an All-Star for a second consecutive season. He will be on the National League team along Pirates first baseman Josh Bell on Tuesday night for the All-Star Game at Progressive Field.


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