Here we are at the Brad Van Pelt International Airport in Newark waiting for a brief flight to Baltimore.
Terminal A in Newark is sort of the land that time forgot in terms of facilities. I learned my lesson the last time and picked up a bagel outside of security because once you get inside, your options are limited to granola bars at Hudson News or a Pizzeria Uno breakfast, whatever they might be.
Checked out the papers today. Most of the stories were centered on Joba Chamberlain. A headline in one of the tabloids said, “Joba rules in brief stint.”
Joba ruled? He allowed two runs on four hits in three innings and struck out one. Joba was not very good, which has been the case for a while now. He has allowed 21 earned runs on 31 hits in his last 23 innings. I understand and support what the Yankees are doing in terms of limiting his innings. That’s a smart thing to do.
But the bigger issue is that he’s their No. 4 starter in the playoffs and has a month left to figure out how to pitch well again. Joba’s 4.38 ERA is a much more significant number than his innings count at this point.
Not much else to report at this point. I’ll check in from Baltimore later on.