Showing posts with label Joba. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Joba. Show all posts

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Joba Throws Scoreless 9th

Joba came into today spring game and he wasn't exactly spotless. He allowed 2 hits but struck out 1 while leading the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Tigers. Burnett had a good long outing 6 and 2/3 giving up 1 run and 3 hits. Thames homered (about time) and Grandy got 2 hits. The Yanks play the Tigers again tomorrow and the game is at 1. It will be on YES most of the games this week haven't so I am very pleased. You can watch the Yankees at 1 and that will lead into the NCAA tournament which I believe starts at 2.

My Fantasy draft is tomorrow and I am very excited. My team name is Country Strong since my team's emotional leader is Adam Dunn.

Here is a great picture from today, Coke is saying hello to his old catcher:

What "Everyone" Wanted

Joba is back in the pen. The place where he excited Yankees fans when he came out of AAA with a blazing fastball that dominated the late innings. When he was moved back to the starting role there was a lot of discussion whether this was the right move.

I love Joba and I have always wanted Joba as a starter. This move is in no way The Yankees giving up on Joba in the rotation. Instead he lost the postion battle and now he will do whatever he can to help the team if that is in the pen or in AAA. Now when Joba in comes out of the bullpen and does well the side that supports Chamberlain as a reliever will be yelling "I told you so". Starting pitching is a lot more valuable than relievers. I love seeing Joba come out and shut down but when he can do that for 6 innings he will. For now we just have to wait.

Joba has always been a class act and this is what he said about the whole situation:
"Right now, I have to embrace the role that I'm in," Chamberlain said. "I can't think about being a starter at this point. For me to help this team now, it's being in the bullpen and trying to figure out a way to get guys out there. It's unfair to my team to think about something else when this is my job right now."

That quote is why I love, Joba

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


This is the kind of game that a team has when things are going good. Since that last game against Atlanta they've been riding a six game winning streak and show no signs of slowing down. Last night was clearly not one of those nights when Joba dominates deep into a game. However, he gutted it out for a solid performance and let his all-star offense do the job its supposed to do.

Joba seemed unwilling or unable to throw strikes, yet again at the New Stadium. He walked three, not horrible but not great either, but it really showed in the fact that he had 96 pitches when he got pulled from the game with one out in the sixth. He was having a very nice game until he tired late into his outing. Through the first four inning the Mariners only got one run off of him on a homer by Ronny Cedeno. However, in the fifth they tagged him for two runs on a series of singles, walks, and three stolen bases. He gave way to Phil Coke in the sixth with a guy on second and one out. Coke finished the inning without further incidence and Hughes pitched an uneventful seventh.

At this point the Yankees had already blown their first lead of the game in the sixth and let the M's tie it back up at three. When Alex Rodriguez hit a two run homer (following a Johnny Damon double) to give them a 5-3 lead the game should have been over. Brian Bruney and Mariano Rivera were due to finish the game. Brian Bruney blew the lead again though, leading to another tie at 5-5. I suppose if you're being optimistic you could say this just set the scene for the drama in the ninth and gave Matsui, Jeter, Swisher, and Melky chances to be heroes but I'm concerned about Bruney. Since returning, he has not been the same pitcher.

Luckily they did retake the lead had Mariano Rivera to save the game in the ninth but it was definitely a lucky win.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Yankees Win

With the Yankees floundering and Cashman in the stands, it was clear they needed a win yesterday. Well, they pulled together and actually managed to pull it off, thank god.

For the first few innings it looked like we were going to be watching a pitcher's duel in which two or three runs might actually be enough. Not exactly though. The Braves pitcher, Kenshin Kawakami, was hit by a line drive by Joba and immeidately left the game. The Braves next pitcher, Kris Medlen, wasn't really any easier to hit though. In the fifth the tie was broken by a Jeff Franceour solo homer. It wasn't until the sixth that the Yankees finally broke up the perfect game with a seemingly unremarkable walk by Brett Gardner.

One problem I've had with Gardner on the basepaths this year is that he has a tendency to take to big of a lead. Pitchers know that he's going and he gets picked off more than he should. This was the case in last night's game. In what became the game defining play, Medlen fired a throw over to first, Gardner dove back, and the ump called him out. Replays showed he was safe and Girardi certainly thought he was safe but that's not how the ump saw it. Girardi went out their and got ejected, in the process firing up his team. I don't know if that really matters or not but the Yankees definitely seemed more animated today. The next batter, Fransisco Cervelli, hit the first home run of his career to tie it up and the rally would only continue. After singles by Jeter and Damon and a walk of Teixeira A-Rod had the chance to prove a point. As he often does in situations like that, he came through with the big hit and gave Joba a lead to work with. The Yankees would go on to tack on more runs with a Nick Swisher, who was almost benched for the game, home run and more by capitalizing on some mistakes by Atlanta in the later innings.

After the A-Rod hit though, the pitching took over. Joba was very strong through his first six innings. The only run he gave up was on a solo home run to Jeff Franceour and had five strikeouts. What was especially ecnouraging was the fact that he walked none. That's been his biggest problem this year. He was still shaking off Fransisco Cervelli but when he pitches like that, who cares? He did seem to tire though in the seventh. He gave up one earned run in that inning and another unearned run before giving way to Phil Coke who got out of the jam. Bruney almost gave it up in the 8th but Mariano came in and restored order.

Another big game today If they can get a win with Pettitte against Derrek Lowe then they may be ready to go on another one of those winning streak things. They won with the liveblog so for now I guess it stays. Hopefully this time comments will actually work.

Monday, June 22, 2009

What to do with the pitching?

The entire Al East, including the Yankees, have the day off. This gives them a chance to rest and regroup after the worst stretch of games they've gone through since last August. It also gives us bloggers to gripe about the various problems we see them having. The biggest dissapointment this year has been the rotation.

First, lets look at some FIP's for the rotation.

Sabathia- 3.80

Sabathia has been the only reliable pitcher for the Yankees throughout the year. He would face no challenge to his spot but now he's hurt. We don't know how bad it is. He claims he will make his next start but Girardi isn't quite so sure. Obviously, we hope he can make the start against the Mets. I have no problem with C.C though.

Chamberlain- 4.52

Well, can you believe it? Joba's beent he Yankees second best pitcher. With the way I've heard people talking, I'd though he had suddenly turned into Sidney Ponson and his destroyed, hopeless career could only be salvaged coming out of the bullpen. No, Joba's just a young guy who's going to go through struggles before emerging into the ace he can become. For now though, he's still a solid pitcher who anybody would be happy with at the back-end of the rotation if everybody else was doing their job. You guys know my stance of Joba, if he started challenging guys more and shaking Posada off less, he could take a big step forward.

Pettitte- 4.61

Before his last start, Pettitte had a lot of people worried, including myself. We were hearing whispers about back problems and not seeing many results. However, his last start was about as dominant as Pettitte will be for what's left of his career. I expect Pettitte's numbers to get a bit bettter as the season goes on. I also think that Girardi and co. are going to try and keep him away from Yankee Stadium as much as possible. His numbers are vastly better on the road than at home and I think that would be a big help to him.

Burnett- 4.84

Burnett is not the guy I wanted in the offseason. He had never been the ace some people made him out to be and I still have big injury concerns about him. Watching Burnett nibble and give up runs is painful when Derrek Lowe, who's sinker ball style seems tailor made for Yankee Stadium, has an FIP of 3.42 for the Braves. Burnett's not going to be this bad though. His problem is his ridiculous walk totals. Like Joba, he's a flamethrower that needs to trust his stuff and through the ball in the strikezone. I assume that Eiland, Posada, or Girardi will notice this before long if they haven't already. I'm not positive but I think he's generally better in the second half anyway so I'm sure he'll be all right.

Wang- 6.14

At this point in the season, we have to start considering the possibility that Wang sucks. He's shown very little signs of being the pitcher he was before his injury and I think this next start is going to be his last for a long time unless he can put together a good outing. However, their are encouraging signs. He finally gave the Yankees a quality start last time out and I'm hoping he may have turned a corner. If they could get him going again it would be a huge boost to this team and could trigger a turnaround. Big start for Wang coming up.

So what can the Yankees really do? I guess Wang will get one more start and if he gets hit hard again he'll make way for Phil Hughes. What about the others though? Its tough to see them yanking Burnett from the rotation and anybody else wouldn't really make much sense. We'll jut have to hope that they can magically start pitching better.

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Pitching Surplus

Here's my crazy idea for the day. I've been tossing this idea around in my head for a while but the time has never been right for it. The Yankees right now have a very brief but valuable starting pitching surplus. Burnett, Sabathia, and Pettitte of course have spots set in the rotation, leaving three guys for one hole. The Yankees are going to have to figure out what to do with Wang, Joba, and Hughes. First of all, lets rule out Joba to the bullpen. Of the three he's pitched best in the rotation and he was a bonafide number one starter last year. So, this leaves Hughes and Wang battling for one spot. We can leave Wang in the bullpen and keep Hughes in the rotation, send Hughes to AAA and move Wang to the bullpen, or put Hughes in the bullpen and move Wang to the rotation. Right now, I think that's the best move for the Yankees.

Hopefully, this would not be a permanent move for Phil but it makes sense in the short term for a few reasons which I'll adress in quick and easy bulleted form.
  • He clearly has nothing left to prove in AAA. Minor leaguers are helpless against him and their's nothing left to learn from that level. This way he can build up his innings totals and still get valuable ML experience.
  • Wang had been one of the best pitchers in baseball for three years straight before getting hurt last year. Since he's come back he seems to have found himself again and does not belong wasting away in the bullpen.
  • Hughes has been mediocore thus far in the rotation. He has shown flashes of greatness but, like most 23 year olds, has been inconsistent. Their is no reason to believe he is any better than any of the Yankees' other five starters right now.
  • The bullpen needs some help from somewhere. Having another guy, in addition to Aceves, that can go multiple innings in a big spot would be huge. Hughes has been mediocore in the rotation but mediocore starters often dominate in the bullpen.

Keep in mind, this would be a very temporary solution. Somebody will get hurt eventually and Hughes can then switch back into the rotation. Even if nobody gets hurt, this would be a one year solution until a spot opens up next year. Its worth a shot and I think it would solve a lot of the Yankees' problems. Thoughts?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

So how awesome was that?

That is, seeing two young homegrown pitchers throw back to back gems like that. Not to mention Mark Melancon's impressive showing. A lot is going to be made of Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Albaladejo's near collapse but the real story is that two potential future aces in Joba and Hughes and a potential future closer put up 14 innings of one run ball. I know its only two games but to see them do that was pretty cool.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tough Game

This was the toughest loss all year. The Yankees should have won this game you can blame it on anything; the blunders of Cano and Girardi are just examples. It seems that the Yankees shoul
d have put this game away innings ago. Burney was not seen in the bullpen and there are whisperings that he went back to New York for an MRI. Joba's start should be categorized. as "lucky", he was a wizard with the ground balls (right). It seems the Yankees just scraped by with Joba on the mound. Then the 'pen took over and we should have given them some cushion leaving 15 runners stranded. However we can still take 2/3 from the Sox and I am confident with A.J. taking the mound tomorrow. It will be hard to get the taste of today's hard loss out of our mouths.
Update 11:56: Pete Abe confirms that Burney has been sent back for an MRI. Also Wang was placed on the DL and so was Cody Ransom after a sliding injury (quad).

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Yankees Win!

Well, it wasn't the way they hoped it would be but the Yankees got their first win at the new stadium yesterday. Joba didn't turn in his best performance of the year. He struggled with his control in what is becoming a theme for these Yankees starters. However, the bullpen picked up the slack and managed over four scoreless innings. Albaladejo, Bruney, Coke, and Mariano all looked good. All day they struggled to get the big hit with men on base but Cano, Melky (!), Damon, Jeter, and Teixeira all had homers. This accounted for all but one of their six runs. Nady's injury probably means Melky might get another chance after all. Rivera made it interesting in the 9th but hung on for the first save of the year.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

4/12 Yankees at Royals; Game 6

  1. Gardner CF
  2. Jeter SS
  3. Swisher 1B
  4. Matsui DH
  5. Nady RF
  6. Cano 2B
  7. Cabrera LF
  8. Ransom 3B
  9. Molina C
Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain.

ROYALS (2-3)
  1. Crisp CF
  2. Aviles SS
  3. DeJesus LF
  4. Teahen 3B
  5. Jacobs 1B
  6. B. Pena DH
  7. Callaspo 2B
  8. Buck C
  9. Bloomquist RF
Pitching: RHP Gil Meche

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Off Day Update

  • Video of Joba's arrest is out on the web.
  • All of the Yankee's minor league rosters were released today.
  • Sliding into Home has another Original Yankee Stadium Destruction photo update.
  • The mystery of the black curtain has been solved.
  • Selena Roberts A-Rod book has been pushed back.
  • New Stadium Insider talks of Standing Room ticket prices.
  • Check out the official list of Yankee Sponsors.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Its official, Joba will be a starter in 2009.

Thank god.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

But the 8th inning!!!!!111!!!

Just heard on WFAN from Cashman that Joba will start for all of 2009.

I`m really happy about this. When I first heard about the Yankees plan to repeat what they did in 2008 with Joba I was dissapointed. Now we have two slots in the rotation filled.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Joba Okay?

Joba Chamberlain may not be alright after all. Luckily he`s got all winter to get healthy. Maybe we`re getting paranoid about Joba's arm.

Monday, September 29, 2008


Pete Abe talked to Joe Girardi and he hinted that Joba may be starting the year in the rotation. They would take some creativity to keep him under his innings limit. However, I think this would be a great thing for the Yankees to do. The rotation is extremely questionable. I`d be shocked if Sabathia ended up a Yankee and I`d be surprised if Mussina returns.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Joba to Start Season in Pen

Just saw on Sports Center that according to Brian Cashman Joba is going to start next season in the bullpen because he hasn't recorded enough innings this year. We will keep you posted.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Joba to Return to Bullpen

Today will be the first time that Joba Chamberlain will throw off a mound for the first time since he left a game in Texas on August 4 with rotator cuff tendinitis. Relatively soon, he will be activated from the disabled list, and will pitch not as a starter, but as a reliever. The reasoning behind this is that there is limited time left in the season, and the Yankees do not want Joba to spend time making rehab starts in the minors. So he will be stretched out in the bullpen, much like he was earlier in the year. I'm not sure I like this move, because I'm afraid another transition might be stressful on Joba's arm, and a minor league rehab stint would better. I would be fine with Joba being in the minors, becuase I don't think the Yankees are going anywhere, so why put unnesecary stress on Joba's arm?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Joba to See Dr. James Andrews

Joba had his MRI today in New York and will be headed down to Alabama tomorrow to visit the renowned Dr. James Andrews. I could speculate as to what the significance of this is, but I think that will only make me depressed.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Be Afraid, MLB, Be Very Afraid

From Pete Abe:
He threw 88 pitches. Jorge Posada estimated that 55 of them were fastballs. Of that, 10 were two-seam, sinking fastballs. That’s a pitch Chamberlain learned from Chien-Ming Wang.
So according to Posada, Joba has learned to throw a sinker. Not only does this give him a fifth pitch, a rare commodity among pitchers, it will allow him to get outs earlier in counts, by inducing groundballs. It will mean fewer strikeouts, but it will also mean fewer pitches, which will allow him to go deeper in to games. He has made three major league starts, and Joba is already becoming an ace.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Winning is Nice, But How About Some Runs

I went to the Yankee game today and it was very enjoyable despite the low temperature. Chien-Ming Wang pitched very well, going 6+ and striking out six. He took a no-hitter into the fifth. He had the slider working, as well as a changeup. If he continues to pitch this way, there will be no more people doubting his future, as he has shown he can strike batters out. CMW left the game in the 7th with runners on first and third. Joba entered, making his first middle-of-an-inning appearance. He got a strike out, hitting 101 on the stadium gun, then got a DP on a lineout. Mo followed, doing what Mo does. All that is great, but the Yankees only offense came off a two-run homer by Hideki Matsui that probably would have stayed in most ballparks. The Yankees have yet to score more than five runs this year, and some offense will be necessary soon, as the Yanks embark on an 8 game road trip to KC, Tampa and Boston on Tuesday. After that, it's two at home against the BoSox, then back on the road for ten more against Baltimore, Chicago and Cleveland. The Yankees have a pretty rough April schedule, and if they go .500 this month, they should be okay.