Earlier this afternoon, Joe previewed this Texas series. For an extended look at the Rangers, you should check that out. Tonight’s storyline, though, revolves around Joba Chamberlain. The young pitcher, nearing his innings limit, is making his first start in eight days.
Since the All Star Break, Joba has pulled a bit of a Jekyll-and-Hyde routine. In his first three starts after the break, he went 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA. In 21.2 innings, he allowed just 8 hits and 8 walks while striking out 19. In his three most recent starts, though, Joba has been less than impressive. Over those starts, he is 1-1 with an unsightly 6.75 ERA. Over 16 innings, he has allowed 18 hits and 12 walks while striking out just 12. Hopefully, the good Joba will return tonight.
In other Joba-related news, the Yanks said that Joba will pitch on Sunday on regular rest. After tonight’s outing and his Sunday start, Joba will have but four starts left in September.
Game time is 7:05 p.m., and it’s a My9 Tuesday night special.