According to Tyler Kepner of The New York Times, the Yankees choice for the 5th starter’s spot will be made public next week around Thursday or Friday.
Girardi has said he would like to decide on a fifth starter by next Thursday or Friday, and he had warned Chamberlain and the others that they needed to show results. Phil Hughes did that Tuesday, blanking the Houston Astros for the final four innings and using his weakest pitch — the changeup — with confidence.
Chamberlain followed with a similar effort, getting at least two outs on changeups. He struck out five and pitched aggressively, throwing 32 pitches for strikes.
Let’s hope that Girardi does indeed announce his choice for the 5th starter’s spot soon, because hopefully it will put an end to all these fans and writers saying crazy things. Who am I kidding, the public decison on the 5th starter’s spot will probably just lead to more irrational statements from people. Oh well.
While the Yankees have stated that the competition for the 5th starter’s spot is a “competition”, I have my doubts. In my opinion, they already have their minds made up , and are just using this “competition” as a way to get everyone to work harder. I think the Yankees already have Joba pegged as the 5th starter, but I could certainly be 100% wrong. We will find out soon.
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