A Tale Of Two Jobas

May 6, 2009 – 11:51 am

Boston 7, NYY 3.  What a bizarre start by Joba Chamberlain.  The first five batters go 5-for-5 and the Sox score four times before he can even get a man out.  Then for the next 21 batters he proceeds to give up only one hit while striking out 12.  And the further in to the game, the more animated he got, and the more velocity he had on his fastball.  It was like his head wasn’t even in the game in the first inning.  Although I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere else, I do wonder if maybe the legal problems that his mother is having might have been weighing on him?  Who knows?  Anyway, like Hughes’ start on Monday, you definitely have to put this one in the plus column for Chamberlain, despite the loss.

So now the Yankees are 0-5 so far this year against the hated Bosox, and they find themselves right back at .500, and 4.5 games out.  Given all the injuries along with the slow starts by key players like Teixeira and Sabathia, that’s probably not all that bad a position to be in.  But then again, injuries and slumps are all part of baseball — so that’s really not an excuse at all.  This is a better team than .500 — a lot better.  We’re just waiting to see them prove it.

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