Remember all the way back to a few weeks ago when there was actually a debate about whether Joba Chamberlain should be a starter?
Five starts a 1.80 ERA later, the debate is over. The Yankees are 4-1 in his starts.
Those in the clubhouse who resisted the move now embrace it. “What was my opinion?” Derek Jeter said, smiling. “He’s been great.”
Spoke to Bobby Abreu for a few minutes. He praised Joba’s ability to pitch with a lead. “When he matures and learns the league, he’s only going to get better,” he said. “He’s a young guy with a great arm and he knows what to do with it.”
Meanwhile, some signs of renewed life from Robinson Cano (8 of his last 18, now hitting a robust .241), Jeter (two doubles to the wall in center) and Abreu (six RBI the last two nights).
The offense will be there most nights. The Yankees need pitching and in Mussina, Chamberlain and Pettitte, they have three trustworthy starters. If a fourth one is out there somwehere, whether internally or elsewhere, the Yankees will play in October.
And, no, it’s not Carl Pavano. Stop e-mailing.