• June 19th vs. The Padres

    Posted by on June 19th, 2008 · Comments (6)

    This is now two in a row.

    What? Not seven in a row?” you may be thinking?

    No, I’m not talking about the seven wins in a row for the Yankees. (Which, by the way, is just great.) What I’m talking about here is the Joba & Jeter Show – it’s now two times in a row that they’ve done it.

    What’s “it”?

    Look at this game today. And, now, look at Joba Chamberlain’s last start (before this one).

    That’s two starts in a row for Chamberlain which have resulted in a 2-1 Yankees win – where Derek Jeter, both times, was key in plating the winning run late in the game.

    And, that brings us back to the seven game winning streak – which has truly lifted the Yankees fortunes this season. Without these two games from Joba & Jeter, the seven game streak would look like this: One win, one loss, four wins, and one loss. That’s a lot different from: win, win, win, win, win, win, and win.

    If not for these two “2-1” wins, the Yankees would be three games over .500 instead of seven games over .500 – and, that’s a big difference.

    Hey, this Joba & Jeter Show just might turn out to be something special.

    Some post-game video, via SNY’s Geico SportsNite:

    Comments on June 19th vs. The Padres

    1. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      June 20th, 2008 | 8:07 am

      I think the praise I’ve seen for Joba about this outing is getting a little out of hand. Yes, 9 Ks and 1 run is impressive. But he still threw 100 pitches and couldn’t complete 6 innings. That doesn’t help the already over-taxed (relative to the rest of the league) bullpen. He is still walking more batters than he should, and his line could have easily been different if the pathetic Padres hadn’t run themselves out of two scoring opportunities. Two guys cut down at the plate, not on great plays but routine outs, says more about the desperation of the opponent than Joba’s ability to work out of trouble.

    2. MJ
      June 20th, 2008 | 8:13 am

      I think the praise I’ve seen for Joba about this outing is getting a little out of hand.
      Spin it however you like, Red Sox boy. At the end of the day, Joba’s getting better with each start and that’s all Yankee fans care about. If you don’t like Yankee coverage, go troll on a Sawx blog.

      Steve – I would have to say that it’s the Joba, Jeter, and A-Rod show. After all, it was A-Rod’s single that brought DJ home. A-Rod’s been locked in this month and he’s got a lot to do with these seven wins.

    3. June 20th, 2008 | 8:43 am

      FWIW, I was in the car when A-Rod got the hit to drive in Jeter. And, on 880, Ms. Waldman – of all people – said that the pitch that A-Rod hit to drive in Jeter was a ‘fat slider that didn’t do much, right over the heart of home plate.’

      Based on this, plus the fact that he had to steal a bag to get into scoring position, I would give Jeter much more credit for that winning run than Alex.

      This is not meant to discredit Alex’s hot streak, or even his getting the hit yesterday. It’s just that I think – and you’re welcome to disagree – that run was more about Jeter than anyone else..sans maybe the pitcher who threw the ‘fat’ pitch to Rodriguez.

    4. MJ
      June 20th, 2008 | 9:31 am

      Fat pitch or not, he had to hit it in order to drive in the run. In a different lifetime (2006), A-Rod might have tried to do too much with that slider and popped out. Gotta give the batter credit for taking a mistake pitch and doing something with it. We’ve watched enough baseball to know that hitters can still strike out on mistake pitches…

    5. June 20th, 2008 | 10:46 am

      i give this win (on the offensive side) to Melky. a walk, two steals, and a sac fly tied the game.

    6. unfrozencavemanyankee
      June 20th, 2008 | 12:44 pm

      I’m not so sure this Joba emergence is such a great thing. After all, it might jeopardize Steve’s 87 win prediction.

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