Joe Girardi revealed his rotation today, stating that it would go Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte, and Chamberlain. This seems like the right move, as he alternates his power type guys with his guys that depend more on breaking stuff, thereby giving teams different looks in a three game series no matter how the pitching matchups fall out. Girardi added that Joba Chamberlain is expected to make about 30 starts, provided that he stays healthy. That would blow past any projections that have been made about Joba’s usage, as well as any safeguards that many expected the club to implement after Joba tossed only 100 innings last season. I hope that this is just Girardi being overly optimistic, and that the Yankees have a plan to keep Joba at no higher than 140 innings going into the postseason. Homegrown aces are a rare commodity, and the Yankees would be not be doing themselves any favors by playing chicken with Chamberlain’s health.
(h/t Pete Abe)
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