Joba Chamberlain as a starter:
Earned runs: 5
Team record: 3-1
UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: The walks are part of the maturation process and learning which hitters can essentialy get themselves out. Chamberlain will figure that out in time. He had good control in the minors (27 walks in 88.1 innings) in 2007.
The stat that matters most: He’s 22. He’s still learning. If you’re a Yankees fan, be thankful this switch was made when it was. Otherwise your rotation would be Andy and Moose and reach for the Grey Goose.
Two questions for the staff:
1. Who will Brian Cashman find to plug into the rotation? It’s not going to be C.C. Sabathia, but there is somebody out there. It’s probably not Sidney Ponson.
2. The Yankees now have to figure out when to move Mark Melancon up to Scranton and bring him closer to the majors.
Unrelated to Joba: The Yankees stole eight bases in nine attempts in this series. Joe Girardi and his staff (via the advance scouts) are very good at taking advantage of weaknesses. Their preparation is exact. The Yankees are far less inclined to wait around for something to happen than they used to be.