They weren’t good as they will (or at least should) be, but Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy took a step forward tonight.
Chamberlain needed 49 pitches to get through 2.1 innings. He easily got ahead 0-2 or 1-2 but was “too fine” (in his words) with his pitches then. He said he would have a batter stand at the plate during his next bullpen session so he can work on that.
“It felt good, just getting deep into a game,” he said. “My mechanics got a lot better.”
Here’s Joba talking about his night:
Interestingly, Chamberlain tossed a few two-seam fastballs, a pitch taught to him by Chien-Ming Wang. Chamberlain normally throws a four-seamer, a slider, a curve and a changeup. A two-seamer is a pitch he could use to try and get a double play or keep his pitch count down once he becomes a starter.
And, yes, he will be a starter at some point. Chamberlain maybe threw three curveballs in the majors all last season. Now that we’re seeing it more regularly, it’s obvious why the Yankees want to make him a starter.
“He has three big-league pitches and the changeup is getting there,” Jorge Posada said.
Kennedy got better as his stint went on as he retired the final eight batters he faced.
Here’s Joe Girardi talking about Chamberlain and Kennedy: