So after much acclaim and baited breath of fantasy baseball players, Joba Chamberlain took the mound Tuesday as a starter for the New York Yankees.
To be frank, things didn’t go well. Facing former Cy Young winner Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Joba pitched 2.3 innings in front of a crowd that gave him a standing ovation before he threw his first pitch.
Chamberlain was limited by manager Joe Girardi to 65 pitches, and he threw 38 in the first. He walked three in the top of that inning and gave up one earned run on a groundout by Alex Rios.
The second inning was calmer for Chamberlain, as he retired the side in order. After getting Marco Scutaro to ground out to begin the third, Joba walked Alex Rios on four pitches to end his evening.
On the night, Chamberlain gave up one earned run (two total) on one hit, walked four, and struck out three. He also clocked 101 mph on the radar gun.
From a fantasy baseball perspective, the strikeouts are very promising, especially if your league includes statistics like strikeouts per nine innings (K/9). His number of walks obviously needs to drop – his WHIP on the evening was well over 2.00 – to garner regular consideration as a fantasy starter.
Hopefully, Chamberlain’s second scheduled start this week – Sunday at Yankee Stadium against Kansas City – will go better than the first.