Game 103: Joba’s Back!


For those of you may not have heard as of yet, Joba Chamberlain will be in the Yankees bullpen tonight, replacing Chad Qualls. Finally, our long national nightmare is over.

And hey, Qualls was sent to the Pirates for 1B/3B Casey McGehee and cash. McGehee is currently “hitting” .230/.297/.377 with an 83 wRC+ (on the heels of a 68 wRC+ last season), though he does have a 119 wRC+ against LHP this year … following a 6 wRC+ against southpaws in 2011. His defense is passable at the hot corner, for what it’s worth, though different metrics offer different opinions there. At the very least, the Yankees got a warm body for Qualls, which is more than most could have expected.

Here’s a quick recap of today’s other deals:

  • The Phillies sent Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin
  • The Phillies sent Hunter Pence to the Giants for Tommy Joseph, Nate Schierholtz, and Seth Rosin
  • The Cubs sent Ryan Dempster to the Rangers for Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks
  • The Marlins sent Gaby Sanchez and Kyle Kaminska to the Pirates for Gorkys Hernandez and their 2013 competitive balance pick
  • The Marlins sent Edward Mujica to the Cardinals for Zack Cox
  • The Red Sox sent Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to the Diamondbacks for Craig Breslow
  • The Red Sox sent Lars Anderson to the Indians for (knuckleballer!) Steven Wright
  • The Royals sent Jonathan Broxton to the Reds for J.C. Sulbaran and Donnie Joseph

Onto the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nick Markakis, RF Derek Jeter, DH
J.J. Hardy, SS Curtis Granderson, CF
Chris Davis, DH Robinson Cano, 2B
Adam Jones, CF Nick Swisher, 1B
Matt Wieters, C Raul Ibanez, LF
Lew Ford, LF Eric Chavez, 3B
Wilson Betemit, 3B Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Mark Reynolds, 1B Russell Martin, C
Omar Quintanilla, 2B Ramiro Pena, SS
Miguel Gonzalez, SP Ivan Nova, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on YES and the MLB Network. Let’s go Yankees!

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37 thoughts on “Game 103: Joba’s Back!

  1. I think that getting McGehee for Qualls was a great move by Cashman. He was able to get something useful for basically nothing. Qualls has been terrible and was about to go as soon as Joba was recalled. So now we get Joba back earlier. GREAT!

    • Yeah I like the McGehee move as much as you can like a bench move. He hits LHP power so he makes a good platoon player to pair with Chavez at the hot corner. He’s also got some upside from a few years ago so occasional spot duty against RHP shouldn’t be too much to ask for in order to keep Chavez healthy.

      Joba is really about as big a deadline move as you can make. If he comes in throwing 95-100 in the 7th inning it really strengthens the pen and you gave up nothing to do it. If Pettitte can hurry back and replace Garcia I like how we look for the stretch.

  2. Its so thoughtful of Girardi to leave Nova in so the fans can see lots of action.

    • Maybe it’s the way I feel about tonight, but I think that Garcia is actually pitching better than Nova lately.

      • I wasn’t going to come to YA tonight. I’m taking these games much too seriously. They’re just aggravating the hell out of me. I was just going to relax, put the game on in the background, and not worry about it.

        It didn’t work. Even at 5-0 I couldn’t relax, and now I’m so pissed off it’s crazy.

        • Being staked to a 5 run lead. This one really upsets me. More than any of the previous 8 losses.

  3. Damn, no shut down inning for Nova. Gives up a ground rule double to Reynolds on an 0-2 pitch. What the hell, do the Yankees have him watching old tapes of Hughes?

  4. Scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning means this is a game the Yankees should win. Nova simply must shut them down the rest of the way.

  5. I don’t know who put in the rule that starting pitchers have to go 5 innings no matter how many runs they give up, but it’s not the baseball I was raised on.

    • I think it’s largely the result of the rule that relievers can only go one inning. Managers rarely use a “long man” for more than three. I know he pitched last nigh, but this would have been a perfect game to have put Phelps in to start the 3rd and let him go 80 pitches.

      • I’d have taken Nova out when he walked the guy to load the bases. Yeah, I know it sounds like I’m reacting after the slam, but I really thought that at the time. You can’t walk someone in that situation. He had nothing.

  6. That was funny, Professor, but can you imagine how crazy Girardi must have been during the 7 runs? Take him out? As likely shoot him, I bet.

    • It’s the other side of his bullpen management. Yes, everyone is fresh, everyone gets work, and everyone knows his role. But…everyone fulfills that role whether he’s having a good day or not, and he changes pitchers so often there’s no room for a long man. And he’s very inflexible.

      Unless he’s very different in his own head than he is publicly, I’m sure he was thinking sympathetically about Nova. He’s that kind of guy, and it’s not a bad thing. But I do long for some Billy Martin–just a touch–every once in a while.

      • I guess you’re right. I like the sympathy, and figure it is closer to realism than hard nosed Billy could be. In the long run, he’s able to motivate. The team seems willing and eager, though the last 10 games, mojo’s missing.

        His approach is formulaic, namely platoon split advantage to supply the limited pitcher with the circumstance to succeed. It’s irksome, but without 6 bi-capable relievers, he’s forced to meter. Blame those guys that say relievers are a fungible lot, no difference.

        I say, we don’t have no Chads for a long time.

      • I understand some of Torre’s & Girardi’s lack of emotion. But dammit, you’re right Professor. Give me some Billy or Sweat Lou every now and then.

        • Hey, how about a wicked bench coach. Would Lou be interested? Sure be less stressful.

  7. I see Nova had a 1,2,3 inning. Nice, but it may be too late.

    Plus a hit by Pena. He’s making the most of his last game.

  8. Every1 says were gonna lose in 1st round of postseason I’ll be a little bold we ain’t go 2 the damn postseason

    • It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks, but nobody in the East has a better team. Then once you get to the playoffs is usually which team gets hot.

  9. I think Lou is too old to rip a base out of the ground and throw it.

  10. You said, Prof, “But…everyone fulfills that role whether he’s having a good day or not.”

    That reminds me that I used to think of whether the reliever was on or not. Under Torre, it seemed a matter of knowing who may be good today. (wished he might use that bullpen phone to better effect.)

    But with Joe, it’s just who has been effective, and who is available. Kinda like everyone is expected to be his best. And that may be a great thing.

  11. I’ve had it for the night. I’ll chat y’all tomorrow. MLBN is broadcasting the game, so the Yankees’ chances of winning are much improved.

  12. Luis Ayala pitching the last of the 9th. I was thinking that we should have held onto him. He pitched very well for us, if in low leveraged situations.

    Good old Pena wasn’t able to get any leverage on him. Can Derek?

  13. double play. Shoulda.

    Let’s put this earthquake behind us like it’s never happened. And Ivan should wear some stripes for this.

  14. I note that this first inning was the most stark example, as was the rest of the game in different ways, of momentum. Ivan smacked them down with (I counted six) seven pitches (according to Michael K).

    What a breeze! And the Yankee hitters, starting with Derek and his pure double, responded in kind. Did you see Robbie’s homer? You had to see quick: the ball disappeared.

    Then…no more hitting.

  15. Post-game, Ivan said, “They hit me.” He admitted the truth, but wouldn’t admit his focus failed, or his command was bad.

    He needs some stripes, until he can figure out why. How did he pitch the first? Why didn’t it work in the second, what changed? They were aggressive in the first, how did they adjust?