Joba dominant in final spring outing


Pitching for Double-A Trenton against Triple-A Scranton, Joba Chamberlain allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over five and a third innings earlier today. He struck out five, and after allowing the hits and walk to start he game, he retired the final sixteen batters he faced. He was removed after reaching his scheduled limit of 75 pitches. “It took me just a little bit to get going,” said Joba. “I wanted to work on fastball command and my changeup, and I think I did a great job with those two. I think it was one of my most productive days as far as consistency. It was good.” His first regular start is scheduled for Sunday at Kansas City.

Categories : Asides, Spring Training
  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    … he retired the final sixteen batters he faced.

    He still lost to Manhattan in the NCAA tourney.


    • Mike Pop

      Heh, a kid I used to work with who was going to Manhattan at the time told me the same shit. He said, from then on out he knew Joba would never be a starting pitcher. (Facepalm), but he is a Met fan.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Say something funny, Mikey.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside


    • Rich

      With him being off WFAN it’s almost as if he never existed.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      The joke.


      My head.


  • Mike Pop

    Keep it up Joba, you da future, yo!!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside


      • Mike Pop

        You mean that fuckin’ movie with Mork from Ork in it?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt


  • Mark

    What I do not understand when it comes to the Joba Chamberlain situation, is that why is it that he would be more effective as a reliever, than a starter, but nothing is said with David Price or was said when the Dodgers converted Billingsley from reliever to starter.

    Another point, is last time I checked runs do not count for more in the 8th and 9th inning. Games can be lost in the first seven innings as well without the team ever recovering. Joba Chamberlain was drafted as a starter, paid as a starter, pitched in the minors as a starter. People are oblivious to this though because they only saw this kid come up as a set up man.

    Joba Chamberlain has ace type stuff and until he proves he can’t maintain his abilities as a starter he should remain in the rotation. Last time I checked starters get paid more than relievers, even Mo, and they are the ones that win the Cy Young awards.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

      Innings 1-7 > innings 8 and 9

    • 27 this year

      first of all, the Yankees are always wrong. That needs to get into your head ;). That was too logical. To get paid to talk about baseball, you need to be illogical. That statement right there would have failed to get you the job as a reporter for any media outlet because it made too much sense. You failed your interview.

      **************SARCASM ALERT***************************

      • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        Unfortunately, that isn’t completely sarcastic.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You failed your interview.

        Well, Misters Woodward and Bernstien, I have to say, I’m impressed with both of your journalistic credentials, you two are both clearly excellent writers and amazing investigative journalists. You’d be a huge asset to us here at the New York Post sportswriters crew. I just have one final question before I make my decision on whether or not to offer you the jobs:

        Do you think Joba belongs in the bullpen?

        • Mark

          Sportswriters for the most part, seem to avoid using statistical analysis to evaluate teams, just like the ESPN article naming the teams making the playoffs and winning the World Series.

          Why is that people love to nit pick our bullpen which finished 7th in ERA in the majors, having one of the highest strikeout rates despite having the 6th highest amount of innings pitched. Many people for some reason say that Boston’s bullpen is better than the Yankees despite having the same amount of question marks as the Yankees when their bullpen was 21st in innings pitched and having the 11th best ERA.

          How much is John Smoltz really going to contribute. He is 40 years old coming back from SHOULDER surgery, Brad Penny has had arm issues and Clay Bucholtz was smacked around last season. I’m not saying the Yankees are golden, Hughes has proven little, and their bullpen besides Mariano Rivera is inexperienced, but people have a double standard when it comes to evaluating these two teams. I believe if the pitching staffs were flopped on both teams, sportswriters would deem the Red Sox rotation the best they have ever seen with great depth.

          Anything can happen during the season, but right now the way it looks the Yankees will have a great season and I will be enjoying watching them this year.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Exactly. I love how in Stark’s latest article where he predicts the Red Sox will win it all, he concludes that the Sox have the better rotation and bullpen basically from these two “concepts”:

            1.) The Sox have Smoltz, Penny, and Buchholz as the back end of their rotation. This must somehow mean they have better starting pitching than the Yankees, because look at those great names they have at the back of their rotation!
            2) Bruney and Marte are two guys the Yankees are counting on for the 7th and 8th inning. That’s not good, and that means they don’t have much “depth”, so the Red Sox bullpen clearly wins there.

            Names not mentioned at all in that genius of a breakdown: Sabathia, Burnett, Wang, Joba, Hughes, Mo, Coke, Veras, Albaladejo, Melancon, Wakefield, Masterson, Lopez, Delcarmen, etc. etc. etc.

            What a hackjob.

  • Sean Serritella

    Hey guys. I read on Peter Abraham’s blog that you guys will be working for the yesnetwork. Congratulations.

    • 27 this year

      that was on this blog too a couple days ago

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak
      • Mike Pop

        The invasion from LoHud begins.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Hey, have any of you guys seen Jesus Monteroplay?

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            lol, the invasion started long ago. Say la vee, brother.

  • Mark

    The one thing I would like to see for Joba Chamberlain, is how he will deal with the postseason pressure if he is going to start. This season will only be based on how we do in the playoffs, and that is going to be a true test of Chamberlain’s potential and longevity as a Yankee.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      There’s so much wrong with this statement. I can’t even begin to go there.

      You know you actually have to get to the playoffs first before you start worrying unnecessarily about how players are going to face the pressures of actually being there?

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Heh, you are so much nicer than I am.

      • Mark

        Down the line the Yankees will get into the playoffs whether it would be this year or in the distant future. I incorrectly stated my argument, but he seems to be our best pitching prospect in a long time. The only experience he has had in the postseason was in 2007 when the midges attacked. He was a reliever then but for now he is a starter. I also would like to know what the new free agent starters have been telling Joba. A.J. Burnett seems a perfect person to teach Joba, I wonder how this will affect his season.

      • Mark

        What I forgot to say is that right now this season and Joe Girardi’s job depend on whether the Yankees make the postseason. If they miss it after putting over $400 million in free agents, this season will be deemed a failure.

        • Rich

          Where did you hear that?

          • Mark

            Do you think that the Yankee organization will take this season as anything but a failure if they do not make the playoffs. This team might be under a new Steinbrenner, but this is still the same stage that many have played and coached on.

            • Rich

              I think it would depend on why it fails*, but I don’t view failure as very likely.

              *tons of injuries or winning 95 games but still falling short might be written off or excused

              • Mark

                Fair enough. Winning 95 and not making it might be excused. Last year was a series of freak injuries. Jeter missed time and was in a slump due to injuries, Arod hurt, Jorge hurt, Damon hurt, Wang hurt, Joba hurt, Pettitte playing hurt, Bruney hurt. I do not think the Yankees will have the same luck as they did last year.

                The one thing I will be watching is if the Red Sox will get injured. If that occurs and they do not make the playoffs, ESPN will be making the excuse, “well if they were healthy.” No matter how much people do not want to admit it ESPN seems for the most part to be biased towards the Red Sox.

                I am biased as well when it comes to the Yankees, but it is ridiculous when people get paid to write about this sport seem to throw logic in the garbage when talking about a team’s chances for the season. I am a Yankee fan first so some won’t agree with what I say.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      This season will only be based on how we do in the playoffs, and a bunch of morons will believe that is going to be a true test of Chamberlain’s potential and longevity as a Yankee.


  • David

    I have an extra ticket for opening day in Baltimore tomorrow. Email me at david_goodman@comcast.net if you have any interest in going.

  • Andrae.H

    whats more impressive cody ransom jumping 60 inches or gathright’s car jump

    • EB

      Gathright jumps off of a small trampoline in that vid. You can here a springing sound as he launches..
      So Ransom.

  • MikeD

    I thought the Yankees planned to skip Joba the first time through the rotation as the off day will allow it, and it’s one way to manage his total innings count this year. Did that change, or was that rumor just a rumor?

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