• Joba To Get The Pill For 1st Game In New Stadium?

    Posted by on February 28th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Reportedly, Joe Girardi wants his starting rotation this season to line-up in the following order: CC Sabathia, Chien-Ming Wang, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain.

    So, let’s play along with that. And, let’s assume that Sabathia pitches the first game of the 2009 season and that no one skips a turn and there are no games called during the Yankees first 9 games this year. This means:

    CC Sabathia, Chien-Ming Wang and A.J. Burnett will pitch the first three games of the Yankees season – in Baltimore.

    Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain and CC Sabathia will pitch the fourth, fifth and sixth games of the season – in Kansas City.

    Chien-Ming Wang, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte will pitch the seventh, eighth and ninth games of the season – in Tampa Bay.

    And, then Joba Chamberlain will start the first game ever at the new Yankee Stadium.

    Or, will he?

    The Yankees do have an off-day scheduled between their first and second games of this season this year. So, because of that, the Yankees can push Chamberlain’s first start of the season back a day and have the rotation play out as follows:

    CC Sabathia, Chien-Ming Wang and A.J. Burnett will pitch the first three games of the Yankees season – in Baltimore.

    Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Joba Chamberlain will pitch the fourth, fifth and sixth games of the season – in Kansas City.

    Chien-Ming Wang, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte will pitch the seventh, eighth and ninth games of the season – in Tampa Bay.

    And, then CC Sabathia will start the first game ever at the new Yankee Stadium.

    But, if you make such a move, you’re changing the Yankees starting rotation from:
    CC Sabathia, Chien-Ming Wang, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain
    to:
    CC Sabathia, Joba Chamberlain, Chien-Ming Wang, A.J. Burnett, and Andy Pettitte
    after the first four games of the season.

    And, I don’t think that Girardi wants the lefties Pettitte and Sabathia pitching in back-to-back games.

    So, barring a game being called within the Yankees first nine games of the season, look for Joba Chamberlain to get the first start ever (for the Yankees) in the new Yankee Stadium.

    Comments on Joba To Get The Pill For 1st Game In New Stadium?

    1. Raf
      March 1st, 2009 | 10:41 am

      And, I don’t think that Girardi wants the lefties Pettitte and Sabathia pitching in back-to-back games.
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      Why not?

    2. March 1st, 2009 | 10:52 am

      It gives opposing teams the “same look” in starters in B-T-B games, as they both throw lefty. Some teams like to try and avoid doing that.

    3. Raf
      March 1st, 2009 | 12:53 pm

      It gives opposing teams the “same look” in starters in B-T-B games, as they both throw lefty. Some teams like to try and avoid doing that.
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      That doesn’t make any sense; they face multiple looks during a game (unless a pitcher throws a CG), even during a day where they take BP, and an indoors cage.

      Heck, even the lefties mentioned have different approaches.

    4. March 2nd, 2009 | 10:38 am

      Raf, FWIW, this was in Newsday on 2/26:

      Joe Girardi unveiled the likely order of the Yankees’ starting pitching rotation yesterday.

      Their prized $161-million catch of the offseason, CC Sabathia, will head the rotation, followed by Chien-Ming Wang, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain. Girardi said his rationale for splitting Sabathia and Burnett, the Yankees’ other big free-agent acquisition, was to give a different look in between their respective starts.

      Sabathia and Burnett are hard throwers and Wang is a sinkerball specialist. Girardi said Burnett, who signed a five-year, $82.5-million contract and could be the ace of plenty of other pitching staffs around the majors, had no problem with the decision.

      “I talked to A.J. about it,” Girardi said, “and he said I’ll take the ball whenever you want to give it to me. He was great.”

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