Overdue For A Stinker

August 17, 2009 – 9:29 am

Seattle 10, NYY 3. Hindsight being 20-20, with a house money lineup and the unpredictable Joba Chamberlain on the mound, it was easy to see this stinker coming. With two of their hottest hitters (Cano and Matsui) out of the lineup, the Yankees were pretty much dominated by rookie Doug Fister who held them to 3 runs on 8 hits over 7 innings. Fister threw 66 of his 101 pitches for strikes, was continually ahead in the count, and didn’t walk anyone. Amazing how simple the game can get when you just throw strikes. You would think more pitchers would figure this out.

And Chamberlain seems to be one of those who hasn’t figured it out. After three excellent starts after the All-Star break, Joba has now had three consecutive poor starts. Once again he started out strong, retiring the first seven batters he faced, but then he walked the No. 8 hitter and from that point on it was Bad Joba all the way. Over the next three innings, the Mariners went 7-for-16 with 3 walks. Joba was lucky to limit the damage to just 4 runs. Joba continues to be an enigma, looking great one moment and then stinking it up the next. The good news is that he now apparently will get eight days off before his next start, and the last time he got that much time off between starts was the All-Star break, and he did come back from that with those three great outings. So maybe that’s the pattern with Joba — 8 days off, three starts, then another 8 days off. Oh well, he’s young and still has a lot to learn, right?

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