I don’t like this move, but as I sit here and suffer through a Kyle Farnsworth implosion in a six-run game, I guess the Yanks have no choice. As everyone watching the game knows, the Yanks are moving Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen.
Here’s how the move is breaking down: Chamberlain, scheduled to start tomorrow, will instead work out of the bullpen at some point during the game. He will then relieve again on Wednesday, and the Yankees will evaluate the 21-year-old at that point.
I’m not a huge fan of this move. Chamberlain is pitching in his first professional season, and he’s been starting all year. Now, in August, the team is moving him to the pen because the pieces Brian Cashman has put in place on the big league level aren’t getting the job done. Someone’s gotta step up and
cover Cashman’s ass get the job done. The Yanks are hoping it’s Joba. And that’s not even touching upon the injury risk.
Meanwhile, as Ed Price notes, the Yankees insist that Joba’s future remains as a starter. That is a no-brainer really. I would always take 180+ innings per season of Joba the starter than I would of 70 IP of Joba the reliever. I hope the Yanks aren’t lured into using him as a middle reliever/set-up guy for too long.
At this point, I guess we should expect Chamberlain to arrive in the Bronx sometime after Hughes’ return in August. I’m guardedly skeptical of this decision.
The Yanks, despite winning Friday’s completion of the suspended game, have lost three in a row, and Johnny Damon is fueling this stretch of bad baseball. He is 2 for his last 14 with a .200 OBP. He’s left 9 runners on base in his 15 plate appearances. With Shelley Duncan lingering on the bench, Damon needs a rest. · (3) ·
So Ian Kennedy debuts at AAA and goes six strong. He gave up 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. The future looks bright for the Bombers’ pitchers even if the big league offense can’t muster any runs this weekend…
Scranton (Rochester wins 3-0)
Kevin Thomson 1-4
Kevin Reese 1-3
Eurbiel Durazo 1-3
Ian Kennedy 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
Scott Williamson 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Losing Pitcher
Trenton (def. Reading 9-3)
Juan Miranda 1-4, R
Cody Ehlers 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Matt Carson 0-2, R, 3 BB
PJ Pilittere 2-5, 2 RBI
Carlos Mendoza 2-4
Bronson Sardinha 2-4, R, BB, K
Jeffrey Marquez 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB & 2 K
Tampa (def $Ft. Meyers 4-1) Game 1
Austin Jackson 2-4, RBI, K Inserted into the lead off slot
Jose Tabata 1-4 K
Jason Giambi 0-2, BB, K
Malec 3-4 RBI, R
Greenwood 2-3, 3B, RBI
Anthony Claggett 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K Winnng Pitcher
David Robertson 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB & K
Eric Wordkemper 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K Save
Charleston (Greenville def 8-6)
Mitch Hilligoss 1-5 2B, RBI
Seth Fortenberry 1-3, R, 2 BB
Kevin Muich 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB & K
Kyle Anson 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB
Grant Duff 2.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 HR (LP 12-7)
Ferdin Tejada 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R
The Yanks are 1 for their last 20 with RISP. But at least their rehabbing pitchers are getting better. Chase Wright, on the other hand, may have been ruined by his Boston start…
Jeff Krastens had a good tune up in his final rehab game going 6 innings and giving up no runs. I can’t say the say for Chase Wright who did his best Igawa impression giving up 10 runs in 4+ innings. Zach McAllister, on the other hand, continued his stellar pitching. Zach blanked the Tri-City opponents for 5 innings and has lowered his ERA to 2.97.
Scranton (Louisville def 6-1) 11 Innings
Eric Duncan 1-5
Will Nieves 2-5 Glad to see he’s not pouting and got a couple of hits.
Jeff Krastens 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB & K. He’s ready to join the bullpen.
Jose Veras 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Edwar Ramirez 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R & BB, 2 K
Charlie Manning .2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 1 BB & K
Trenton ( Reading def 11-7)
Juan Miranda 1-3, R, RBI
Cody Ehlers 0-2, 2BB
Matt Carson 2-4, HR, 3 RBI
PJ Pilittere 1-4, 2B, 2 R
Chase Wright 4.1 IP, 11 H, 10 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. Did Wright hire Igawa’s personal pitching coach?
Steven Jackson 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Tampa (Ft. Meyers def 4-2) Game 1 completes suspended game
Jose Tabata 1-3
Reggie Corona 1-2, 2B, BB
Marcos Vecchonachi 1-3, 2B, R
Brett Smith 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 R, 3 BB, 0 K
Mike Martinez 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB & K
Tampa Game 2 Postponed
Charleston (def Greenville 4-1)
Mitch Hilligoss 2-4, 2B, 2R
Seth Fortenberry 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 K
Kevin Muich 1-4, 2B
Paul Patterson, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Jessie Hoover 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Staten Island (def Tri-City 2-0) 6 inning shorted game
Justin Snyder 2-3, 2B, R
Taylor Holiday 2-2, R
Braeden Pruitt 2-4, RBI
Zach McAllister 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 k. 2.97 ERA. Is clearly on the horizon as the next tier of top pitchers in the organization.
GCL Yanks (7-3 Yanks def GCL Tigers)
Abe Almonte (CF) 1-5, 3B, 2R, RBI, SB
Phrylis Cuello 2-5, 2B, RBI
Ryan Wehrle 2-5
Brandon Laird 2-4, 2B
Andres Perez 2-3, RBI, SB
Gerardo Rodriquez 1-1, HR
Jesus Montero (C) 1-4, BB Gibb, Montero actually got a hit while catching.
Noel Castillo 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Wilkins De LaRosa 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
If that doesn’t sum up my frustration with tonight’s game, nothing will. One bad inning doomed Pettitte and the Yanks. Untimely hitting including a bad strike out by Derek Jeter of all people doomed the Yanks. And you gotta give credit to Jeremy Guthrie. That was an excellent pitching performance. I’ll take 3 out of 4. Here’s to Clemens throwing a good game later today.
No matter how poorly the return on RJ turns out (and it looks pretty bleak), it was still a good deal. It was a good deal at the time because we shed ourselves of a 43-year-old malcontent coming off back surgery and making $16 million. It is a good deal now because Randy is undergoing yet another back surgery, which will end his season — and possibly his career, as he’s hinted in the past week. So Brian Cashman saved $14 million and received a useful reliever for a guy who wouldn’t have helped anyway. And then some young players to boot. · (3) ·
Well, that was a little bit too exciting for my tastes. That five-out save probably means Vizcaino will close the second game, especially if Torre has lost all faith in both Farnsworth and Proctor.
We’re hearing word that Kei Igawa has been sent down to
the 7th circle of Hell the Minors and Chris Basak is up.
If true – and I’ll post a link when we can confirm it – Basak is a short-term solution. He’ll be here filling a hole until the Yanks activate Phil Hughes next week.
No one in the Bronx will miss Kei Igawa.
Update: Newsday’s Kat O’Brien has visual confirmation that Kei and his interpretor were packing their bags today.
Update 2: The Star Ledger’s Ed Price has a great quote from the departing Igawa. “I’m going to continue hard at Triple-A,” he said.”Each time I pitch, I’m learning more about what it takes to become a consistent pitcher on this league.” I guess he’s a bit of a slow learner.