When he first got into pro ball, Joba Chamberlain would come set with his hands at his waist. Over the next few years, though, he began to raise them, holding them at his chest instead. He isn’t sure why he made the change, really, but after working this winter on getting his hands to their old position Chamberlain feels like his pitching motion is back in a groove.
He worked easily through a perfect third inning, striking out Wilson Valdez with a sharp slider.
“I had some good nerves today, which was exciting for me,” he said afterward. “I was able to pitch off my fastball, which sometimes I get away from.”
There has been – as always – plenty of questions surrounding Chamberlain, whether it’s his weight or his role or whether the Yankees will keep him or trade him down the road. Bottom line? Whatever happens, any situation will be better if Chamberlain is pitching more effectively, and today was as good a start as he could have wanted.