LADY AT THE BAT: On Joba Chamberlain's Return To The Yankees

Thursday, August 2, 2012

On Joba Chamberlain's Return To The Yankees


I love this photo. 

Don't get me wrong. I know it's frowned upon. But I was hoping to see some Joba Antics yesterday anyway. Alas, Joba Chamberlain didn't pitch well enough to warrant them. In his first appearance since June 2011, Joba pitched 1.2 innings, gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, and walked 1 batter. He threw 28 pitches, 16 of which were strikes. His velocity hovered around 92-23 mph.

A couple of red flags went up during his outing, the reddest of which was his velocity. During his recent rehab starts, all we kept hearing  was that Joba was throwing 97-100 mph. So, he gets activated and fails to hit 94 in his first appearance. What happened?

Was his velocity exaggerated? Were the minor league radar guns not working properly? Was Joba holding himself back? Is he still hurt? We'll have to see a couple of more outing from him to get answers to these questions. Let me repeat that: We'll have to see a couple of more outings from him to get answers to these questions.

Why am I being so redundant? Because of what I'm hearing and seeing from some Yankee fans and, what I'm hearing and seeing from certain would-be members of the media: 

Yup the Joba that we know and love is back
Wow, you can hardly read the tweet through all the sarcasm. 
Joba Chamberlain's 2012 debut could have gone better but, I'm glad he's back. Congratulations, Joba, and best wishes for a successful season.




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