Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Joba Chamberlain made his long awaited first start for the New York Yankees Tuesday night, and things didn't go so well. I'll be honest, I don't actually think Joba is garbage. He's a talented young pitcher who could wind up being a great starter or reliever some day. But he's been overblown and overrated by the Yankees, their fans, and the media. But what do you expect? The Yankees are having an all-out knockdown brawl with .500 and are so far on the losing end of the fight. Their fans need to make shit up in order to reassure themselves that their team isn't the worst team money can buy.
The Yankees decided to make things even harder on Chamberlain, putting him on the mound in Yankee Stadium, with an opponent by the name of Roy Halladay. The young RELIEVER baseball expert Adam Sandler compares to Roger Clemens only went 2.1 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned), off 4 walks, 1 hit, and 3 strikeouts. He threw 63 pitches to get his 7 outs. Oh yeah, he also balked. The Yankees wound up losing 9-3.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Pedro Martinez returned to the mound for the Mets. He went 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs off 7 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Not an amazing start, especially for a living god, but still good. But the best part of his night came at the plate. He was 2 for 3 with an RBI single, and a run scored.
That's career RBI #14 for Pedro. And win #210 as the Mets beat the Giants 9-6.
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