Game 73: 100 pitches


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

Site Notes: Check back later this afternoon for the first RAB podcast, and we’ll have an ever-popular Open Thread tonight, topic TBD.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Brian says:

    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.

  2. Chris says:

    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.

  3. Chucky says:

    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!!!

  4. batty says:

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

  5. daneptizl says:

    Lol at Michael Kay.

  6. Jamal G. says:

    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.

  7. Ivan says:

    That is why you need Joba in the rotation.

  8. Manimal says:

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

  9. Alex says:

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

  10. Ben K. says:

    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.

  11. B says:

    Lets give Joba some run support!!!

  12. Chip says:

    Damn, too many walks.

  13. Chip says:

    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

  14. Chip says:

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

  15. Jamal G. says:

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

  16. A.D. says:

    Why is Joba out already?

  17. Ben K. says:

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

  18. Setty says:

    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?

    • Jamal G. says:

      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 says:

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

      • Setty says:

        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!

  19. Tripp says:

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

    • Matt M. says:

      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

  20. Hand of Abbot says:

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

  21. Hand of Abbot says:

    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 says:

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

      • Setty says:

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

      • Hand of Abbot says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      Couldn’t agree more

    • Matt M. says:

      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 says:

        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.

  22. McCaff says:

    Arod smiles and laughs everytime he gets a hit lately.

  23. A.D. says:

    Arod, locked in

  24. Freddy says:

    A-Rod is en fuego.

  25. Jamal G. says:

    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.

  26. TurnTwo says:

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

  27. Jamal G. says:

    A-Rod for 30/30!

  28. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Tomorrow is Billy Werber’s 100th birthday.

  29. J.R. says:

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

  30. Matt M. says:

    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)

  31. Joe says:

    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

  32. Batty says:

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

  33. Jamal G. says:


    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.

  34. Batty says:

    Aww crap – they said Farnsworth is warming up.

  35. Bo says:

    When did Bobby forget how to drive in runs?

  36. Setty says:

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

  37. Jamal G. says:

    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.

  38. Batty says:

    Why does Girardi hate us?

  39. Tripp says:

    Is Ohlendorf not on the team anymore?

  40. Tripp says:

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

  41. A.D. says:

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

  42. Jamal G. says:

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

  43. A.D. says:

    quality victory

  44. Jamal G. says:

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

    • J.R. says:

      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.

  45. Rich says:

    A true grind it out win.

  46. J.R. says:

    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.

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