It would be nice if the conversion of Joba Chamberlain from wunderkind reliever to dominating starter was a smooth one. But he is a 23-year-old in his first full year as a starter. There are going to be bumps and that’s what you saw tonight.
Joe Girardi insisted Chamberlain was fine physically. His startling lack of velocity was a product of poor mechanics. Though the right-hander said otherwise, he didn’t look ready to pitch after the long rain delay.
That’s part of learning your craft. Sometimes it rains.
“Plain and simple, I was terrible. There’s no getting around it,” Chamberlain said. “I need to do a better job of keeping the team in the game.”
I asked Girardi if he considered using Chien-Ming Wang as his long reliever, which is supposedly Wang’s role now. But Girardi said Aceves was his choice. Aceves took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in two innings. Perhaps that meaningless inning he tossed yesterday wasn’t such a good idea.
Meanwhile, Melky Cabrera thinks he is OK. But he’ll miss the final game of the series for sure. The day off will help him.
We spoke to Brian Bruney, who is off to Alabama to visit Dr. James Andrews. He said he is mentally prepared for whatever the news is. He just wants to find out what is wrong.
“There is no getting around it, he said. “There’s pain and I need to figure out what it is. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.”
Here’s the audio from Girardi’s postgame media session:
Thanks to everybody who hung in there tonight. Check out the blog tomorrow for a trivia contest with prizes.