Let’s start it off with tonight’s lineup:
SS Derek Jeter
LF Johnny Damon
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
C Jorge Posada
DH Hideki Matsui
RF Nick Swisher
CF Brett Gardner
Andon the mound, Carsten Charles Sabathia
CC returns to Cleveland, this time as the Yankee's ace.
“Stop, he’s a starter.”
Those words came straight from Brian Cashman’s mouth when he was asked about Joba Chamberlain and the whole starter-reliever issue. The article comes fromErik Boland of Newsday. When Joba’s velocity and his level of adrenaline in the bullpen vs. his level of adrenaline as a starter was brought up, Cashman had this to say
“That’s all crap,” he said. “Wake up and smell the coffee. If he’s on national television on ESPN and throws 91 on the 22nd pitch, why would you think if he comes in in the eighth inning protecting a 4-3 lead [he'd throw 96]? Stop, he’s a starter.”
I can not agree more, Joba is a starter. Throughout his whole minor league career he was a starter, and if he didn’t switch to the bullpen for a while when he came up we wouldn’t be even having this conversation. Some people make the argument that the 8th inning is very often the most important inning of the game, if that was the case why don’t the Yankees move CC Sabathia into the pen? While theyr’e at it, why not put Burnett and Hughes in the pen as well? If the 8th inning is truly more important, why are starters more valuable than relievers andwhy do they get paid more? I don’t mean to offend anyone, and I am sorry if I did, but, Joba is a starter.
Pettitte thinks he’ll make his next start
Via PeteAbe, Andy Pettitte expects to make his next start. Andy actually hurt his back Monday in Texas, but was loose enough to start last night. However, Andy reaggravated his back a few ttime last night when he slipped on the mound. Pettitte did manage to make it through 5 innings last night though as he toughed it out for the win. “He’s a fighter. He’s going to find a way to get through it,” Jorge Posada said. “I’ve known Andy a long time and he’s not coming out even if he’s messed up. He wouldn’t admit it.” When asked if he thought if he would miss his next start, Pettitte said, “No, no, no, I’ll be there.”
It feels like the first time
The New York Yankees are in first place in the AL East. Woo, that felt good to type. This is the first time the Yankees have been in first all by themseleves since the last game of 2006, as a recent commenter on 161st Street, Riz, pointed out. Boston lost today, so the Yanks are a full game in first now.