In Joba We Trust!
On Old Timer’s Day, Yankees Get Fabulous Performance From Joba
Yesterday, the Yankees beat the Tigers for the three game sweep, the second game in a row with the score 2-1. They did it with good pitching, and timely homers from their big sluggers.
Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain was fantastic yesterday. I was wrong, and I admit it. I never thought he would pitch so well yesterday, coming off two bad starts against the Angels and Mariners, and because he had 9 days off! I’m glad I was wrong!
In the first inning, Joba struggled a bit. He got himself into a first and second jam with 1 out thanks to Polanco and Cabrera, but came out of the inning without giving up a run due to a Clete Thomas stirkeout. But it took 23 pitches to do so.
In the top of the third, Joba gave up a leadoff walk to Granderson. Granderson tried to steal second, and Posada flung the ball into centerfield, allowing Granderson to advance to third. This made me go on a rant about how the Yankees need Cervelli. (A lot of things make me do that! I love that man!) I was also thinking Joba would get all freaked out and give up a bunch of runs, like that time Ransom made an error and Joba gave up like 5 unearned runs. But this time, Joba managed to get out of the inning without giving up anything! WOW!
In the top of the 4th, Clete Thomas hit a monster solo shot into the right field bleachers. But Joba remained composed and did not let it go to his head. He got out of that inning having given up just that run.
The top of the 5th was the biggest jam for Joba. Granderson hit a hot-shot to Swisher, who let the ball go through his legs, and Granderson wound up at third. Then he plunks Polanco later on. Unbelievably, Joba struck out Marcus Thames with a 97 mph fastball to get out of the jam without giving up any runs! Again!
Joba pitched 6 & 2/3 innings of 1 run ball. Job well done for Joba! The bullpen yesterday, the “Philthies” Phil Coke and Phil Hughes did great. And Mo closed out the series with his 26th save of the year.
Defensive Analysis: A few stupid plays happened, like Jorge throwing the ball into center and Swish letting a tough hop get by him, but it didn’t cost anything. Overall, solid yesterday.
Offensive Analysis: Not much yesterday; Jackson pithced very well. There were only 5 hits, and 2 worth mentioning. In the bottom of the 4th, Arod hit a solo bomb that tied the game at one. Then in the bottom of the 6th, Big Tex launched a ball into the Teixeira’s Terrace in right to give the Yanks a lead that they never relinquished. Tex and Arod made up 80% of the Yankees hits, both going 2 for 4. Posada got the other hit, a nice double.
The heroes yesterday were Joba, Tex and Arod, and the Philthies. It is so great that the Yankees were able to sweep this series where all the games were close. Good pitching like the Tigers have is like what we may see in the postseason, and it is good to know the Yankees can handle it. And best of all, with the Red Sox loss, now the Yankees are 1 game out! Go get’m boys! Make me proud!