Category: Joba Chamberlain

Pitching matchups vs. the Athletics

CC Sabathia will look to dominate the Athletics.

CC Sabathia will look to dominate the Athletics.

These are the starters that the Yankees and Athletics (16-13) will send out during the three-game weekend series. These will be the final three games of the 10-game home stand that the Yankee have had. They have so far gone 6-1.

Tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Ace of the staff CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.35 ERA) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (2-2, 4.65 ERA)

Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

The resurgent Phil Hughes (0-2, 4.67 ERA) vs. the ageless former Yankee, Bartolo Colon (3-0, 3.38 ERA)

Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Andy Pettitte (3-2, 3.86 ERA), who is coming off his first sub-par start of the season will be opposed by Dan Straily (1-0, 6.35 ERA)

In more disabled list news, Joba Chamberlain was put on the 15-day DL as a result of a strained oblique. Relief pitcher Preston Claiborne was called up from AAA Scranton to replace him on the roster. He can add more depth in the bullpen.

However, he will not be able to be relied upon like Joba Chamberlain was. Claiborne deserved to be called up because he had 10 strikeouts and only one walk in 10.1 innings pitched for the RailRiders. With Robertson sidelined for this series it seems like Shawn Kelley and Boone Logan will setup Mariano Rivera.

The Yankees (17-10) have also recently called up Vidal Nuno from their AAA affiliate. With the recent injuries to Kevin Youkilis, Francisco Cervelli, Ivan Nova and Chamberlain the Bronx Bombers now have a grand total of 10 players on the disabled list. They have shown the ability to overcome adversity so far this season since all of the major replacements have performed admirably. One player the Yankees can’t afford to have injured is Robinson Cano, who leads the team in average, homers, RBI and runs.

In CC Sabathia’s last start he allowed three runs in eight innings in a win against Toronto. He is the pitcher that the Yankees want pitching tonight because he should be able to limit the innings pitched from the bullpen. Griffin has struggled this season for the A’s, but in 2012 he had a 3.06 ERA, which means the Yankees could have to play small ball. For the A’s, Coco Crisp has eight steals for far, so Austin Romine and Chris Stewart will have to contain him on the base paths.

The Yankees appear to have the edge tonight and on Sunday, but Saturday’s game could go either way because their lineup has a lot of experience hitting against Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes might not be able to continue his streak of allowing two runs his past three outings.

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>Yankees need to score runs for their ace

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In the first game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night the Yankees troubling patterns continued which prevented them from winning the game.  They ended up losing 5-4 in a game they should have been able to win based on a strong start by Bartolo Colon. 
In the seventh inning with the game still tied Robinson Cano had the chance to convert a double play he bobbled the throw to first.  He never got the throw off and if he did Kevin Youkilis might have never hit his two run home run to make the score 5-2.  Little miscues like that go a long way towards winning or losing  and if he would have finished off the double play it is likely that Joba Chamberlain does not give up that home run. 
The Yankees ended up having some success against the Red Sox bullpen scoring one run off of Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon but they could not capitalize effectively with runners in scoring position, once again.  The offense left eight runners on base and Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada and Mark Teixeira need to start to produce for the Yankees to win.  Curtis Granderson has proven to be a clutch hitter and has completely turned it around since last August but the rest of the lineup needs to do the same. 
Chamberlain can partly be blamed for this loss, but his two earned runs were the first runs that he has given up after having gone six scoreless innings.  He should not have allowed the home run but the offense is more at fault for this loss.  They spoiled yet another solid pitching performance by a starting pitcher.  This loss hurts even more because the Yankees are now 1-3 against the Red Sox who are only three games behind them in the standings, at this point. 
It is important that the Yankees win the next two games so that they can salvage a split in this six game home-stand.  They want to win as many games as possible against the Red Sox because this will likely be a three way race between the Rays, Red Sox and Yankees.     
Tonight, in a game televised on FOX, at 7:10, CC Sebathia will look to outduel Josh Beckett this time.  Earlier in the season, the Red Sox ace got the upper hand, so hopefully Sebathia can help give the Yankees a much needed win.  The offense will hopefully find a way to play small ball, as well as hit the ball out of the park, and get hits with runners in scoring position, in order to give CC his fourth win of the campaign.   

>Yankees Look to Defeat a Local Pitcher

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The Yankees go into Wednesday’s night’s game hoping that A.J. Burnett can continue the solid pitching that Freddy Garcia displayed during game one against the Royals.  They will face Vin Mazarro who will make his first start of the season.
Garcia only allowed one run due to former Yankee Melky Cabrera’s home run in fourth inning.  He pitched six innings and only allowed six hits and two walks.  Garcia has been a blast from the past to this point and the Yankees only hope this effective pitching can continue.  Joe Girardi took Garcia out after only 85 pitches, so he could have been blamed for taking out a starting pitcher too early once again, but the bullpen effectively did their job for the last three innings to give Garcia his second win. 
David Robertson continues to be a reliable asset for Girardi.  He pitched the seventh inning and has now piled up 18 strike outs in only 13 and one-third innings.  His fastball reached 97 miles per hour and he struck out two batters in his inning on the mound.  He has a 1.35 ERA and he might have to be the primary seventh inning man for a period of time.  Joba Chamberlain picked up his eighth “hold”, Mariano Rivera converted his 13th save and they combined for only one hit in two innings. 
Earlier, set-up man Rafael Soriano, who got off to a rocky start but has pitched more like he did when he led the AL in saves since then, had an MRI which showed a little inflammation in his right elbow.  The Yankees hope to have his services back during the series against the Red Sox, which starts on Friday.  He had Tommy John surgery in 2004 and another more minor procedure in 2008, so hopefully this is not related. 
Lance Pendleton, who had been perfect so far this season in six and one-third innings out of the bullpen has been sent down to AAA Scranton to make room for Luis Ayala.  Before being put on the disabled list because of a strained lat Ayala had a 3.60 ERA in five innings.  He last pitched in Boston on April 9th.  If it had to happen, Pendleton, a Houston native, is probably content that it happened now because he just got back from pitching in front of his family against the Rangers in Arlington.  This is not a major move but it will give the Yankees another veteran presence out of the bullpen. 
Mazarro, who is from Hackensack, New Jersey, will face the same lineup that the Yankees used last night.  Bruce Chen was supposed to pitch tonight but he was put on the disables list on Tuesday with a strained lat muscle.  Chen was arguably the Royals best starter so far this season and in Mazarro’s three career starts against the Yankees while pitching for the Oakland Athletics, he had a miserable 9.69 ERA.  Hopefully a slumping Jorge Posada can begin his turn around tonight against the Royals, a team he has traditionally hit well against. 
Burnett leads the Yankees in wins with four, has a respectable 3.68 ERA, is coming off a start where he allowed two earned runs in seven innings and his career ERA against the Royals is a dominating 2.68.  The Yankees hold the edge in the pitching matchup so that should help them win their third game in a row.