Game 73: 100 pitches

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Can you believe that, by the end of next week, we’ll be at the mid-point of the 2008 baseball season? It seems like only yesterday we watched the Yanks emerge victorious on Opening Day against the Blue Jays.

The story today, as it is every five day, is Joba Chamberlain. While Joba has yet to pick up his first win a starter, he’s done quite well for himself so far. In three starts spanning 12.2 innings, his ERA is 2.84, and he’s maintaining a high strike out rate. While he’s walked nine — that’s too many — his stuff has looked good. Today, he’s up over 100 pitches, and by all accounts, he’s basically off the pitch count now. It will be interesting to see how he does against a weak Padres lineup.

Hideki Matsui is out again. He says he’s available to pinch hit.

Game time is 1:05 p.m. Apparently, MLB likes to schedule getaway-day day games for teams that aren’t the Yankees or Mets. Go figure.

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

Chamberlain P

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  • Brian

    Joba has a win, but not starting.
    Today we gotta celebrate the first starting victory for any of the Big Three, almost halfway into the season.
    That hurts, but it is what it is. Go Yanks.

  • Chris

    I thought the home team has a lot (all?) control over what the game time is. There are black out times, like Saturday afternoon because of Fox games, but other than that the start time is generally determined by the home team not MLB.

  • Chucky

    I am feeling good about Joba getting his first win today. The combination of him aving some time to settle into his starting role, and this weak Padres line-up makes me very optomistic! Lets go Joba!!!

    • Chucky

      and i know he already got his first win…but you all know what i mean

  • batty

    Let’s go Joba – let’s see how you do with bases loaded.

    • NYFan50

      What happened with the out at the plate? I don’t see a wild pitch in the box score.

  • daneptizl

    Lol at Michael Kay.

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

    I love Chien-Ming Wang but that’s why Brandon Webb is just that much better, he has strikeout potential. Ground-outs are great but strikeouts are just that much better.

    • Ivan

      Brandon Webb is a teriffic pitcher, it also doesn’t hurt that he pitches in a weaker league/division.

  • Ivan

    That is why you need Joba in the rotation.

  • Manimal

    Will the podcast be available through iTunes, that would make life great!

  • Alex

    First houdini for NYY since Bruney on 4/19/07

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

    Pitching to Tony Clark right now isn’t rocket science, and that was a bad pitch. If you pitch him in, he doesn’t hit that, but give it to him middle/out and he can poke it like he did there.

  • B

    Lets give Joba some run support!!!

  • Chip

    Damn, too many walks.

  • Chip

    This is exciting to watch, Joba is proving that he’s got the stuff to absolutely dominate. Even when they can get guys on, he just strikes out the next guy up

  • Chip

    Melky! Melky! Melky! Please just hit it deep enough now Molina

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

    Beautiful inning. Who says Joe Girardi isn’t aggressive and the Yankees are old? Bah!

  • A.D.

    Why is Joba out already?

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

      Because he’s at 100 pitches and Girardi didn’t want to see him go over that 105 limit if he were to face a long AB here.

      • A.D.

        makes sense, didn’t notice the pitch count flipping back and forth with actual work

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

    Gosh, guys. Is no one watching this game today? I see mid-week day games are deadly for game threads.

    • Yankee1010

      Maybe everyone is trying to re-work their Joba-in-the-pen arguments. Just a guess.

    • TurnTwo

      cant watch the game, so i’m in between doing things at work and trying to sneak a peek at teh ESPN GameDay.

  • Setty

    Watching gamecast at work. Did Girardi really just pull Joba after striking out the first 2 batters of the inning and having 100 pitches on the nose? Are you fucking kidding me? He can’t let him finish the inning for a chance for the win?

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

      What’s more important to you, a meaningless 2-digit in the “Win” column or erring on the side of caution when it comes to Joba Chamberlain’s arm?

      • LiveFromNewYork

        Exactly. I would not want to be Girardi explaining why I ruined Joba Chamberlain.

      • Setty

        We’ve erred on the side of caution dating back to last year all the way through today, and according to Girardi, he was able to throw 105-110 pitches this afternoon. Do you honestly think an extra 10 pitches is going to send him to James Andrews? Why couldn’t Tony Clark be his last batter? Come on, I’m all for being smart with him and monitoring his workloads, but let him throw the damn ball already – he was mowing through that inning!

  • Tripp

    Not able to follow to well at work….is Joba mixing in all of his pitches?

    • Matt M.

      yea pretty well. got into problems in the second. bases loaded and no outs but he buckled down and got out of it without giving up a run. a bloop groundrule double scored the only run.

      my guess is that joba was getting tired, because he was missing his spots pretty badly towards the end. molina was setting up down and away and joba was leaving everything up. he still had the velocity but he just wasnt following through.

      offense has been dead. but some key baserunning moves have kept us in it so far. melky producing that run and now jeter stealing 2nd

  • Hand of Abbot

    What’s the worst that could have happenned, 3-5 pitches over his count? Girardi’s officially Cashman’s puppet. I love it.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Oh please. Plenty could happen. Dont be an idiot.

    • Yankee1010

      So how many over would you let him go? What is the bright line test that you’re proposing?

  • Hand of Abbot

    Plenty can happen on any pitch (thats not what I meant). If he’s still rolling at 100 pitches, how can you not give him one more batter?

    • LiveFromNewYork

      First of all, he’s not rolling. He’s getting strained and it shows.

      • Setty

        It shows? He struck out the first 2 batters of the inning

      • Hand of Abbot

        If he’s straining, I take it back. I’m at work following on yahoo and going off what other people are writing. No need to get him hurt. Still, would of loved to get him a W and shut everyone up.

        • LiveFromNewYork

          Everybody should shut up anyway. He’s def a starter. And he’s got stuff. He’s young and zoomed through the minors in record time. There is NO ONE who can look at his starts and say he belongs in the pen. This kid is the real deal.

    • Setty

      Couldn’t agree more

    • Matt M.

      he wasnt rolling, the stats are misleading. he was missing his spots up high all inning and his last K molina set up low and away and it ran all the way in. as poor as the padres are at hitting and as immortal as joba is. when u dont hit spots bad things happen. had they opted for farnsworth. i would be singing a different tune

      • LiveFromNewYork

        Thanks. that is what I was talking about. I was thinking it was time to pull him right before they did. He was def missing spots. He’s tiring and it was right to pull him.

  • McCaff

    Arod smiles and laughs everytime he gets a hit lately.

  • A.D.

    Arod, locked in

  • Freddy

    A-Rod is en fuego.

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

    The Yankees are old, can’t run, Joe Girardi is not an aggressive manager, Joba Chamberlain can not be a dominant starter this season, Joba Chamberlain can not maintain his velocity, Joba Chamberlain is better off in the bullpen, and Alex Rodriguez can not come through in the clutch. I would say the Yankees pretty much dealt a big “Fuck You” to their critics.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      You forgot your boy Giambi.

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

        I meant this game specifically though. :)

  • TurnTwo

    how did jeter make it to third on abreu’s ground out to 1st?

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

    A-Rod for 30/30!

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Tomorrow is Billy Werber’s 100th birthday.

  • J.R.

    I hope Cano actually makes them pay for the intent walk on jorge.

  • Matt M.

    time to wake up cano. we needed some insurance runs. veras is already in. farns and ramirez pitched yesterday. i know mo is available. and veras will trot out there for the 7th.

    who we dealing with for the 8th? hopefully ohlendorf (with the other option being hawkins lol)

  • Joe

    david, phx: How good is Jeremy Bleich? He has been pretty good in CWS so far

    Keith Law: (3:23 PM ET ) I last saw him on the Cape, fringy stuff. Has had some arm trouble too. I haven’t talked to any of the Yankees’ people since the draft but I’m curious what they saw that I didn’t. He wasn’t on my top 75 rankings or even a consideration for it

    • Joe

      I think Bleich is going to prove a lot of people wrong

    • inyk

      Even Jim Callis admitted that Bleich wasn’t a reach

      • A.D.

        Looking forward to watching his start tomorrow

      • Bo

        I think we can trust the Yanks draft people by now right?

  • Batty

    John Sterling is saying this was Joba’s best outing – I thought his last was much better.

    • Matt M.

      last start K:BB 2:4 today 9:3

    • J.R.

      Joba still throws alot of balls. If he can get thows down he’ll make a huge leap forward.

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

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....;fext=.jsp

    Tino Martinez and Davey Johnson to be managers of the World Team and USA Team in 2008 Futures game, respectively. The USA Team will be the 2008 USA Olympic squad unlike before when they were just the US All-Star Minor League prospects.

  • Batty

    Aww crap – they said Farnsworth is warming up.

  • Bo

    When did Bobby forget how to drive in runs?

    • LiveFromNewYork

      He struck out the other night and I was thinking the same thing.

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

      Actually, right when he beaned the Twins’ pitcher with a comebacker. He’s been in a bad slump since then. I’m hoping the timing is just coincidental.

  • Setty

    Farnsy pitching to 3-4-5 in the order, hold on tight everyone

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

    David Bush has something special going on in Milwaukee. I don’t want to say it in order to avoid a jinx but you should know what I mean.

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

      David Bush is taking the mound for the top of the 8th.

      • Joe

        That stinks

  • Batty

    Why does Girardi hate us?

  • Tripp

    Is Ohlendorf not on the team anymore?

  • Tripp

    Is Girardi planning on using Rivera again in the 9th?

    • J.R.

      He should, and Farnsy was a terrible call, if you look at his day night splits. He is terrible durring the day.

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

        That’s not a very telling stat. You don’t have as many opportunities to clean up any bad outings as you would in night games.

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

      36-Hour break or so between the end of today’s game and the end of tomorrow tonight’s game.

  • A.D.

    Farns bouncing back….maybe he’s actually better the 2nd day now

    • LiveFromNewYork

      like lasagna

      • Adam

        that’s just a great post.

    • Geno

      If true, this speaks to a lack of mental discipline on Farnsworth’s part. He pitches badly, decides to try next time, and does better. It’s a loser’s mind-set, one I’d never want on any team.

      I also suspect old Kyle isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.

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

    David Bush just gave up a lead-off 2B to Lyle Overbay in the eight inning, congrats Mr. Bush (that sounds awful, LoL).

  • A.D.

    quality victory

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

    You want dominance? How about Mariano Rivera striking out SEVEN Padres hitters in THREE innings this series, nasty.

    • J.R.

      Dominance: 40 K’s in the last three games. 14K with petites start, 11K with Rasner’s, and 15K with Joba’s today.

      That is dominance.

  • Rich

    A true grind it out win.

  • J.R.

    Yeah, but now Rivera has pitched 3 days in a row, Farnsy and Veras have pitched back to back days. It will be interesting to see who Giardi would call upon for a save situation. Ramirez, Hawkins (NO) or Ohlendorf.

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

      Night game after a day game, Rivera will be available tomorrow and Sunday.

      • J.R.

        You’d pitch Rivera 4 days in a row?

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

          42-Pitches the last three games so unless it is >3-run lead I wouldn’t.

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

            You know what, scratch that. He did pitch in four straight games last week so I wouldn’t push it. It does mean Jose Veras is the closer tomorrow night unless Kyle Farnsworth’s arm and back rebound well 36-hours after pitching in back-to-back games.

            • J.R.

              Yeah, Veras has been looking really good lately and handling high pressure situations. Tomorrows available pitchers look to be Hawkins, Ramirez, Ohlendorf and Veras for a close situation.