Joba Rules over Reds

Gardner takes home 2009 Dawson Award
Breaking: Selig issues A-Rod 50-game suspension

Joba vs RedsIn what figures to be his final live game action of Spring Training, Joba Chamberlain looked like vintage Joba in Sarasota this aftenoon. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in five and a third innings, striking out six. Joba threw 86 pitches but tired towards the end of his outing, allowing two walks and two hits with one out in the sixth before being pulled.

“I’ve got to be more efficient,” said Chamberlain (via Bryan Hoch). “I had some good short innings, but there were other times when I got extended with two outs. I’ve got to shorten pitches and when things get out of whack, I’ve got to slow things down.” Becoming more efficient with your pitches is standard stuff for young starters, nothing out of the ordinary here.

The Great Joba Velocity Scare should be over, as scouts had the young righty in the mid-90’s all day according to Tyler Kepner. Oh, and Jorge Posada isn’t a B-Jobber anymore, according PeteAbe’s 3:38 update. Thank Mo.

Brian Bruney bailed Joba out in the sixth, stranding both inherited base runners thanks to a strikeout and fly out. Edwar Ramirez allowed a hit and an unearned run in an inning of work, while Phil Coke and Dan Giese posted identical 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K lines to close out the game. Coke was absolutely phenomenal this spring, putting up a 15-1 K/BB ratio with a 1.42 ERA and 11 hits allowed in 12.2 IP. Hopefully he doesn’t pull a Sean Henn, who followed up a strong Spring Training in 2007 with an ERA over seven in the regular season.

The center fielder battlers accounted for pretty much all of the team’s offense, as Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot while Melky Cabrera went 1-for-2 with three RBI’s and a run scored from the six-hole. Mark Teixeira doubled and walked, while Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada combined to go 0-for-6 with two walks and three strikeouts. Angel Berroa went 2-for-5 and was picked off first, and his hitting .379-.390-.621 this spring. The 6-3 win is the team’s seventh straight, and sixteenth in their last eighteen games.

The Yanks finish up the Florida portion of their preseason schedule tomorrow afternoon against the Phillies, and then will head home to New York before taking on the Cubbies in a pair of exhibition games at the New Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

Mo matters: Mariano Rivera pitched in a minor league game today, and was so dominant that he recorded five outs in just one inning of work. After serving up a homer to MVP05 legend Rich Thompson, Mo sat down the next three batters with ease, so the team stretched him out a bit and had him face two more hitters. He’s just that good.

Photo Credit: Pete Caldera

Gardner takes home 2009 Dawson Award
Breaking: Selig issues A-Rod 50-game suspension
  • Benjamin Kabak

    Oh, and Jorge Posada isn’t a B-Jobber anymore, according PeteAbe’s 3:38 update. Thank Mo.


    Oh wait.

    • andrew

      I’ve already reminded myself that if I wake up to RAB to read a shocking post tomorrow, it is not true!

  • Steven

    Ladies and gentleman, your opening day third baseman:

    • Drew

      Wow, he’s been bad in all Major league stops but last years AAA numbers are sick. That would be a low risk high reward pickup right there.

      • A.D.

        He’s had a bad back at almost all of his major league stops.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I saw the end of the auto-shortened URL and was all:

      “No way, there’s no chance in HELL that Ron Villone is gonna be our opening day third baseman!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Steven i was thinking about that he would be a nice bench player and play third while Alex is out.He got pop in that bat.

    • Steven

      I think it would be perfect. He’s would be under control for a few years I believe if he actually plays well, he certainly has a high upside, great power, and if he doesn’t pan out, they can go with Ransom if they really feel he is better.

      • yankeefan91 Arod fan

        I absolutely agree the only thing is hes not that great of a fielder.

        • Steven

          I think the offensive upgrade over Ransom would probably outvalue the defensive downgrade.

      • steve (different one)

        the problem with being “under control” is that he is out of options.

        that is a killer for a player who may or may not be any good.

        though i am in agreement with the premise of at least picking him up for a test drive.

        Mike Lamb was also released. terrible in 2008, but was actually not a bad player before that….

        • steve (different one)

          FWIW, here is McPherson’s CHONE:


          while i would be in favor of picking him up for nothing, i would say there is probably a 90% chance that Dallas McPherson is just not a good player.

  • Drew

    In 07 mcphereson didn’t play. Anyone know why?

    • Mike Axisa

      Back injuries. I’ll have more on him tomorrow.

      • Drew

        Cool. Get Cash on the phone, tell him RAB and their bloggers want to extend our “Dallas” connection.

        • anonymous

          If they tried to trade him they had to have tried Cash. I wonder what they asked for

          • jsbrendog

            this is what i never get. its reported “such and such a team is trying to trade such and such a player so they dont have to release him.”

            ok. then why trade anything of value if theyre ognna release him?

            • A.D.

              to have a leg up on every other team that presumably want him

              • steve (different one)

                the Yankees got something for Chase Wright. it wasn’t a great prospect, but he had already been DFA’ed.

  • Drew

    Who cares? He’s a free agent now. The only forseeable problem is that he is out of options.

    • Drew

      Whoops forgot to hit reply.

    • anonymous

      I do. thats why I wondered.

      • Drew

        Okay, but they obiously wanted something too good for a guy that was real bad in ST. And teams knew that Florida had no leverage since he’s out of options and their young thirdbaseman is setting the world on fire right now.

  • dkidd

    i understand that gary sheffield has played some third base in his lifetime

    april fools?

  • donttradecano

    Wallace Matthews with another bjobber article on newsday

    • jsbrendog

      yeah there was an excerpt of that in am ny.

      he just sounds like a moron the way he says it. He even says, msot pitchers are 6 inning pitchers, 7 or 8 on a good day. so every 4th or 5th day theyre gonna have joba go out and pitch 7 innings and then STILL NEED SOMENOE TO COME OUT OF THEBULLPEN TO PITCH THE LAST TWO

      is he fucking serious>?!?!?!?!

  • MattG

    Odds that someone better than McPherson gets released by the weekend?

    I ideally, the guy the Yankees sign will not be a one-trick pony. He’ll handle the bat better than Ransom, but will be able to field a few positions. McPherson certainly could outhit Ransom, but once Rodriguez is back, McPherson has nothing to offer the Yankees.

    • jsbrendog

      yeah but neither does berroa. this way you bring in mcpherson, give him a shot he cant be worse with the bat than ransom. then when arod comes back, dfa him and youre bakc with ransom and arod. i mean unless you believe “ZOMG TONY PENA BACK WITH BERROA EQUALS SIGN MVP!!!!”

  • jsbrendog


    thanks for the hat tip guys.

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