Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Joba not so well done
It came and went, just a bit faster than his normal length outings. I'm talking, of course, about Joba Chamberlain's first start in New York. He didn't pitch terribly, but was a bit wild, walking 4 in just over two innings pitched. The now Joba-less bullpen, however, was a different story. Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez combined to record just one out while allowing 6 runs on 3 hits. Ramirez managed to walk three batters, too. Not a good sign moving forward.
I still question the management (on all levels) of this franchise. Why publicize Joba's pitch count? The Blue Jays batters repeatedly went to the plate with no intentions of swinging at whatever he was throwing. It was evident from the start. So there was no real surprise that Chamberlain reached his pitch count in the third inning. And then to essentially turn the game into a spring training contest by bringing in Dan Giese, a 31 year old career minor leaguer, called up specifically to eat innings? Am I missing something? Are these games not counting for the Yanks? Are they not seven games back in the AL East?
Elsewhere, John Smoltz will be shut down for the year to undergo shoulder surgery ... Barry Zito lost his 9th game of the year for the Giants. He allowed 5 earned runs on 7 hits and 5 walks in 4.1 innings pitched to the Mets ... Tough start for Indians pitcher Tony Mastny against the Rangers. He lasted just an inning and a third and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.