It hasn't been a banner week for Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain. First he was voted the most overrated player in Sports Illustrated's anonymous poll of major leaguers, and Saturday he got the first hint from Joe Girardi that his job as Mariano Rivera's primary setup man could be in jeopardy.
While complimenting righthanded reliever David Robertson, who struck out the side against the Rays on Friday night, Girardi put Chamberlain on notice.
"I'm not saying on a daily basis I am going to change our eighth-inning guy, but you have to earn your roles here," Girardi said. "And we evaluate on a daily basis."I don't know about all of you, but I'm sick of Joba and his 5.79 ERA. Robertson has been better lately (Last four outings: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K), and according to Girardi, it's due to a recent minor adjustment he made:
"It's really good to see," Girardi said. "Since he made a little adjustment, he's been throwing the ball better."I think it's time to give Robertson a shot.