Game 49: Joba the almost-starter

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Short game thread today because I’m working to restore our posts (but not our comments) from the last two days. We’ll be back up too full strength soon.

The big news of the day is of course the pitching plan for the day. Joba Chamberlain will be throwing 45 pitches in relief of Mike Mussina this afternoon. For Mussina, he’s looking to recover from the shortest outing of his career, and instead of facing Felix Hernandez, he’ll go against Carlos Silva. The Yanks are 3-1 with A-Rod back in the lineup.

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Molina C
Cabrera CF

Mussina P

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  • E-ROC

    Ben, what was your opinion of last night’s starting lineup with Jeter hitting lead off?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I can’t complain. They scored 13 runs.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    “We’re building for the future, too,” Steinbrenner said. “You can’t just do it year by year. Before the great team we had in the late ’90s, there were some real lean years there. We don’t expect to have it to be that lean this year or next year, but people forget there were some really tough years before the great teams of the late ’90s. We have to look at it both ways.”

    “With the exception of the Red Sox, who have some youth like us and some veterans like us, most of the other teams winning right now seem to be on youth movements,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ve got to keep going with the farm system and build them up as strong as we can — get everybody we can.

    “If we have to, we’ll hoard everybody. We’ll do what we’ve got to do in the U.S. and in Latin America to get all the best young talent we can. That’s what the Yankees used to do.” – Hank Steinbrenner

    He’s the best.

  • Joe

    Hank doesn’t seem to know what he wants

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      I believe he does, I believe he’s been horribly misunderstood by the media (purposely so IMO). If you actually read the entire quote when he said he wanted Joba in the rotation, he actually said at the end of the article that he understood there was a process in place and you can’t just jam him in the rotation now. Of course the media completely ignored that quote and just focused on the part of him saying he wanted Joba in the rotation, complete BS.

      Now with this quote there’s nothing to misunderstand, but of course this will get ZERO attention.

      • Mike P

        Seems to me he’s pretty inarticulate, to add to that.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Giambi may acutally get to 400HRs this year…

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      I mean career HRs…

  • E-ROC

    The Yanks are scoring runs. I guess that means the weather is warm.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Or they’re playing Seattle.

      • mustang

        Take what you can get.

  • E-ROC

    Mussina may want to throw his fastball a little bit more. The Mariners are sitting on his breaking pitches.

  • E-ROC

    Might we see Chamberlain earlier than expected?

  • Joe

    It must suck to be Mike Mussina right now, knowing the guy who’s pitching after you today will likely be taking his job if he continues to screw up

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Clayton Kershaw to start Sunday for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Oh happy day!!!

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Anybody think that Chad Moeller should be getting a couple more starts, he has ben swinging the bat somewhat better than Jose Molina.

    • A.D.

      I agree might as well see what Moeller can do, and take a bit more pressure off Molina, they’re essentially the same defensively

  • E-ROC

    Cabrera is clutch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    For someone who is so damn impatient, Melky Cabrera has great numbers with the bases loaded.

    And there he goes with a bases loaded RBI single, nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Looks like it’s setting up perfectly, if Mussina can get through these next two frames you can go to Joba for the 6th, 7th and 8th. Then MO can do his thing if necessary.

  • E-ROC

    I wonder if Jeter’s throws to first will ever improve.

    Good 1-2-3 inning for Mike Mussina.

  • Mike R.

    I appreciate Jeter’s toughness, but if he is not in condition to play the best thing he can do for the team is say so. I’d rather not have Jeter in the lineup for a week or two than this Jeter for the rest of the season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Nice job by Joba using the Slider for a strike instead of the strikeout pitch.

  • mustang

    Between Susan on the radio and Michael Kay I have heard the “How they asked Joba about being a starter story” a 100 times.
    Can someone PLEASE tell them to stop.

    • Jeremy

      As if we’ve never heard it. You’d have to live under a rock to have not heard it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Can’t wait too see Ichiro and Jose Vidro come to bat, want to see that Changeup.

  • Mike R.

    It should be against the rules to bring Joba in after seeing Mussina and his 86 MPH fastball for 5 innings.

    • mustang

      HEEEEEEEEEEEE

      I love that.

  • E-ROC

    No luck for Jeter today; just can’t buy a hit.

  • E-ROC

    Abooboo has opposite field power?! Who knew?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      He showed it in ChiTown earlier this season but yeah, haven’t seen it much.

  • mustang

    I’m having fun again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      162-Game season man, to say the baseball regular season is a roller coaster would be an understatement.

      • mustang

        You must be in some kind of Big Three happy land.
        It’s fun to watch.
        Like said before if they don’t do it in this 35 game stretch they are not going too.
        It’s a good start.

        • Chip

          I doubt Hughes is in this Big Three happy land (don’t you mean Generation Trey?). Or did Rasner get thrown into this now?

          • mustang

            You’re right about Hughes, but he will be fine.
            No Rasner is not in it.

            Can’t believe the path the Mets and Yankees have taken since last weekend.
            Baseball is nuts

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    That Curveball is just gross.

  • Chip

    Man Mussina’s line of 4 runs in 5 innings doesn’t look horrible when we can score runs, plus the fact Joba is in there now :D

  • E-ROC

    Jeter shows range!

  • Chip

    Here’s to hoping that Joba can get through another inning.

  • Chip

    And I have to throw in this, I though Joba was supposed to throw a 98 mph fastball?? He’s throwing only 93, there’s no way he can succeed in the majors with that, let’s trade him

    • Mike P

      Definitely. And his body type shouts out injury. The Yankees always overhype their prospects.

  • George Kaplan

    Very funny, but in all seriousness though, Gameday has him at 96 consistently, what is the reading on YES?

    • mustang

      Around 93

    • whozat

      I think it’s been established that the gameday gun is generally quite accurate. Given that 96 is consistent with that he was doing as a starter in the minors, that seems pretty reasonable.

      • Mike R.

        Yes always has a slow gun. They never address it but it is. Usually by 3 MPH.

  • mustang

    ok so it’s 94.5
    LOL

  • Mike P

    A triple and Giambi hits for the cycle! With the shift, a well placed bunt could get him just that…

  • Chip

    Seriously, A-rod must have rubbed some of his A-rod juice in everybody’s bats tnite. I mean Giambi just hit a SINGLE to LEFT!!!!!! And Cano now has 3 doubles in the game. Just think how good this offense could be right now with Posada (and yes I know that Molina will probably hit a 3-run homer now that I said that)

    • Chip

      Yeah I figured Molina would make me look bad there

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    With the game getting kind of out-of-hand, I hope Joe G. & Co. let him go out there for the 8th.

    • Chip

      I completely agree, he’s only at 40 pitches so just have somebody warm and let him get up to 55 or so. He threw like 35 last time so that should be now problem unless he shows obvious signs of fatigue. Obviously we should keep him in the bullpen so we wouldn’t have had to bring him in so early. I mean getting a 1-2-3 ninth is the most important thing right now right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    LoL at Jose Molina, talk about running into a hit.

  • Mike P

    These Mariners are terrible, good for the batting averages mind you.
    Shows you that Jeter shouldn’t be playing, he’s the only one without a hit.

    • Chip

      He looks hurt to me, hopefully Girardi gives him a few days to rest the hand

  • Chip

    We need the little league designated runner rule for Molina

  • Chip

    According to PeteAbe, Joba is done for the day except to throw a bit in the bullpen. It’s Farns time!!!!

  • Chip

    So who would be more valuable today to have on this team, Matsui or Matt Cain? Matsui is just destroying the ball

  • Mike P

    Why take out A-Rod and not Jeter, or will he do both?

    • Chip

      I’d imagine he’ll put Ensberg at third and Alberto at short.

      Just had this thought, wouldn’t it be great if Giambi, Farns and Mussina all played their way into Type B free agents?

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        mussina is an A, farnsworth, if keeps this up, can be an A, and giambi is firmly into a B with a shot at A

      • A.D.

        They all currently are type B free agents, and it’s based on the past 2 years so as long as they perform similar to 2006 it hopefully will remain the same

        • Chip

          We could have a hell of a draft next year!

          • Chip

            And I forgot to mention Abreu who could be gone next year, obviously an A

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Probably both, just wanted to maximize the use of Gonzalez by bringing him in to pinch-run for A-Rod.

  • Mike P

    What was the point of that move? Get Ensberg an at bat? His days are numbered anyway. Girardi took away Giambi’s shot at the cycle!

    • Jeremy

      They wanted the inning to end before midnight.

    • Chip

      Yeah I could feel the triple coming. Giambi hits a liner to the gap, Ichiro gets tackled by an unruly fan, Ibanez comes over and faints from heat stroke while Lopez runs all the way to the ball and fires to third with Giambi sliding in right under the tag

      • Mike P

        Nah, Giambi hits a bomb to deep left that hangs in the air and has everyone transfixed. He casually turns left out of the batters box and walks to third base. When the ball finally drops and hits the wall, no one’s noticed and Giambi has himself a cycle.

  • mustang

    One thing and I love Joba.
    But if the TV announcers are going to repeat everything he did twice I’m cutting the volume.
    Shit how many times can you say the same fucking thing?

  • Rich

    It’s OK, we have a big lead. Just get the next guys.

  • mustang

    Farnsworth pissing on the party again.

  • Rich

    Could Ichiro have been any faster when he was 22?

  • Mike P

    That’s why Joba should stay in the pen. The Yanks have no reliable 8th inning guys.

    • mustang

      Ok
      You’re beating the point to death.
      LOL

      • Mike P

        Sorry, but it’s one worth beating!

        • Jeremy

          Not really no. He shouldn’t give up his career as a starter and the Yankees shouldn’t give up a potential ace because Farnsworth sucks.

        • mustang

          Hey,
          He looks great enjoy it.
          I’m sure somewhere down the line that fight will come up again.
          For what it’s worth I’m starting to believe.
          As long as they win I don’t care.

    • Rich

      Another “good thing there’s a big lead” moment.

  • Mike P

    Cano’s pissed off that Giambi has a higher average than him.

  • Mike P

    Great game. Can we play these guys every day?

  • Rich

    Joba is that much closer to being a starter. Sweet.

  • Chip

    Game, set, match. The world is right again

  • Joey

    Tomorrows headline for RAB: “Seeking .500 Part Deux” (or are we are Part III or IV now?)

  • mustang

    Good win.
    Enjoy your day guys.

  • Chip

    I was just disappointed to see only one curve and no changes from Joba tonight. I guess I’ll have to wait for that one. Also, what game do you think Joba will pitch in against the Twins? I’m close and planning on going to one but I’m not sure which to go to

  • Brandon

    my god can someone update the TJS board Garcia went 6 IP, 2H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K’s on Thursday and his ERA is at 0.84