From Peter Abraham (LoHud):
Joe Girardi was in a weird mood after the game. He refused to say why he went to the mound to speak to Joba Chamberlain in the first inning. According to Chamberlain, it was to get the signs straightened out. I suspect it was more to keep Chamberlain and Posada from killing each other. Then Girardi actually said he thought Chamberlain pitched pretty well, which obviously is silly.
The Yankees won last night, scoring 13 runs against Boston pitching.
However, while they gained a game on the Red Sox in the AL East, the team now has a problem that must be dealt with. That problem pertains to Joba Chamberlain and the ineffectiveness that we witnessed in the Bronx. Against the Sox, we saw the Joba of old—the Joba from the first half of the season, who shook off signs, fell behind hitters and failed to work quickly. As PA notes, Jorge Posada was visibly upset with him and, with 7 walks over 5 innings pitched, the frustration was understandable. What had changed since Joba’s last start? Why was he reverting back to his bad habits? I’m not sure, but I do believe that the situation will be addressed by Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland (they know to nip it in the bud).
Based on what we’ve seen after the All-Star break, Joba needs to pitch-and-go. He needs to throw the ball like he’s doubleparked in order to be effective. That means no more shaking off Posada, who has really done an outstanding job with Joba this season. Joba must learn to trust his catcher—that’s what he has done since returning from the All-Star break and that’s what he must continue to do, for it has been a successful method. Some may argue that Joba was hurt by the Yankees’ offensive outburst in the 4th (it was a very long break) or that he just had a single bad start, however, the Joba we saw last night was far too familiar. He’ll need to get back to the formula we saw prior to his performance against Boston.
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