WP - Ian Snell (7-10)
LP - Joba Chamberlain (8-6)
Joba Chamberlain had another stinker today as he got pounded by the light-hitting Mariners. In three innings he allowed seven run on six hits, walked three, including one with the bases loaded, and struck out two. He threw just 69 pitches, and just 37 found the zone. Now, most athletes with the slightest bit on honesty would admit they pitched poorly, say we have some stuff to work out, and that they'd be better their next time out, but no, not Joba. Just check out these postgame quotes via Peter Abraham:
No Joba, you're not fine, man. Over his last eight starts he's now 0-4 with an 8.42 ERA and opposing batters are hitting .331 against him. That's not fine, that stinks.
“My delivery was great,” he said. “I threw some great changeups. My slider velocity was great. My fastball velocity was more consistent. … It’s going to take a lot more than this to get my confidence level down, I’ll tell you that much. You can kick me as much as you want but I’m going to come back fighting every time. That’s how I live this live and that’s how I play this game of baseball.”
Chamberlain was asked whether he was concerned with how he has pitched lately.
“I’m fine, man,” he said. “I’m fine.”
But really, what else is new? We've seen this same crap from Joba all year; pitch like crap and then pretend everything in hunky-dory. Is anyone as sick and tired of this act as I am? Admit you screwed up and move on.
UPDATE: When I first wrote this post I was unaware of a quote from Joba that Peter Abraham left out of his post. Here it is via MLB.com:
"I let my teammates down, and it was pretty much embarrassing what I did," said Chamberlain, who completed just three innings. "Not being able to pick my team up and get out of here with a series win, it's frustrating."That's much more like it, and certainly shows a completely different side of Joba. While I still don't know how Joba can say things he did were "great" yesterday, at least he admitted his outing was embarrassing and that he let his teammates down. Thanks to Caroline for pointing this out to me in the comment.
I'm not going to get too upset with the sorry offensive performance they had against Ian Snell today. When you're down 7-0 after two it's not easy to comeback.
On the bright side, Mark Teixeira picked up another three hits, including two doubles to raise his average to .292. Sergio Mitre also had a nice game, throwing five innings of one-hit baseball in relief. He walked one, struck out five, and threw 43 of his 65 pitches for strikes. At this point I honestly have more faith in Chad Gaudin or even Mitre than Chamberlain.
The Yankees lead in the division is now down to five, with the next six games against the Angels and Red Sox, so it's safe to say this is a big week coming up. Their lead over the Angels was also knocked down to five games today with their win in Texas.
|Pena, R, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Hairston, J, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.282|
|Matsui, H, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.278|
|a-Duncan, S, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Cabrera, Me, RF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.273|
a-Flied out for Cano in the 9th.
2B: Teixeira 2 (42, Snell, Lowe, M), Posada (24, Snell).
TB: Jeter; Teixeira 5; Posada 2.
RBI: Posada (77).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matsui, H; Rodriguez, A; Cabrera, Me 2; Posada.
Team RISP: 1-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.
|Chamberlain (L, 8-6)||3.0||6||7||7||3||2||1||4.72|
Pitches-strikes: Chamberlain 69-37, Mitre 65-43.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Ian Snell (W, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K)
HONORABLE MENTION: Ken Griffey Jr. (2-for-3, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, BB, 2 R)
GOAT OF THE GAME: Joba Chamberlain
Yankees @ Angels
Game Time: 10:05 p.m. TV/Radio: YES, WCBS
LHP Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.14) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (13-7, 4.75)