Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fierce Joba takes control of 8th inning

Last night's game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers had not yet turned into the laugher it would become when Joba Chamberlain took the mound to relieve Phil Hughes in the 8th inning. With only a 2-0 lead, Joba allowed one hit, but quickly ended the inning on a strikeout, pumping his fist and roaring as he walked off the mound. It was the second fierce performance from Joba this week after he hit 98 on the radar gun on Monday and struck out three batters.

Overall, he's pitching well with a 2.30 ERA (inflated by one shaky April performance). Joba filled in admirably during Mariano Rivera's absence, saving two games for the Yankees last week. By the way, it was great to see that the lengthy layoff had no impact whatsoever on Mo, who quickly dispatched the Tigers in the 9th.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a fan of Joba's histrionics on the mound, but seeing them again is a good sign for the Yankees. It means Joba is feeling supremely comfortable and has his confidence back. And with a confident Joba and a healthy Mo in the bullpen and the superior pitching of their starters, the Yankees will be tough to beat.

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