Joba Chamberlain in three games this spring:
5 earned runs
2 home runs
Any day now, people will notice that he hasn’t been dominating and call for the Yankees to make him their 8th inning man again.
No. No. No and No. Chamberlain is 22 and in his first big league camp. This is what you have to expect. He’s also smart enough to be working on his secondary pitches and not just picking up cheap outs with his fastball and slider.
The Yankees are going to go through some tough times with Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy. But the key is how they’re pitching in August, not April. The Yankees have enough offense and pitching to stay in contention until then.
Interesting day for Kennedy today. Look past the two home runs and at the five strikeouts. He was getting swing-and-misses with his change and breaking pitch. He may not be a cult hero like Joba, but he’s going to be a very solid pitcher for a long time.