I don’t know about you, but I do not enjoy watching a starter pitch three innings every time. Last night was the third straight time Joba Chamberlain went just three innings. Here are his averages:
3 IP, 4.33 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K, 49.67 pitches, 31.67 strikes.
So when is Chamberlain going to start building back his arm strength to be a starter in the playoffs? If ever!?
Via PeteAbe’s notebook:
“He didn't want to come out,” Joe Girardi said. “I told him, ‘We're getting to the point where you get to go a little bit further.' "
I am guessing this means last night was the last time Chamberlain goes three innings, which is great. But then what happens if gets rocked next time out, and he only lasts two?
The whole plan is really mindboggling. He’s not going deep into games, and he’s not a one-inning pitcher. He’s like a long reliever making three straight spot starts. It just makes no sense.
Then again, what other plausible options are there?