Results for tag: Joba Chamberlain
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 10, 2011 at 02:41:23 PM

Recently, I went to a book/cd sale at a local church where for five dollars I could fill up a bag with as many books/cds as possible.

To my surprise, I found the album for a band called "Semisonic", whose most-known hit from their 1998 album “Feeling Strangely Fine”, is called "Closing Time".

The song, which I first heard on a WFUV sampler CD for members, was believed to be about last call at a bar. Years later, it turned out to be about fatherhood.

Closing time
Open all the doors and let you out into the world
Closing time
Turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl...

I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home...

By now, you might be wondering what this has to do with the Yankees and perhaps the biggest

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jan 27, 2011 at 02:48:55 PM

Everyone remembers where they were on big dates such as November 22, 1963, September 11, 2001, December 7, 1941, September 1, 1939 and so on. Those are big ones and then there are other dates that for some reason you randomly recall either due to outstanding memories or just random recall.

With the recent revelations that Joba Chamberlain's velocity dip has might have been caused by a shoulder injury suffered in the fifth inning on August 4, 2008 in Texas. It was a very nice Monday night and the Yankees had just completed a split against the Angels with a bizzare 14-9 win.

It was during a stretch that I attended every single Yankee and Met home game from July 27-August 29 but the Mets were off awaiting the Padres so I had the day to myself. I wound up spending it far from baseball and

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:01:49 PM

Today is October 12 and a year ago, the Yankees were preparing for the Angels in the ALCS. The Yankees knew they would be facing the Angels because on the same day as their victory in Minnesota, the Angels scored three times in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon.

At a quiet Yankee Stadium, where the only activity is a simulated game the Yankees still do not know if it they will be facing the Rays or Rangers for American League pennant.

One thing they seem to know is that A.J. Burnett will get a start and that will be Game Four a week from today at Yankee Stadium. Normally that would not be a big deal but the fact that Burnett’s numbers during the regular season were among his worst make it a concern.

Manager Joe Girardi said he does have a belief in Burnett since he saw him pitch

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 8, 2010 at 05:08:05 PM

If Brian Cashman said yes during the winter of 2008, Phil Hughes might have been wearing the colors of the Minnesota Twins and answering questions about why his team can’t beat the Yankees in a postseason series.

If Cashman pulled the trigger on sending Hughes to Minnesota, Johan Santana might be answering questions (assuming he doesn’t have the same health problems as he does with the Mets) about how the Yankees dominate the Twins in the postseason.

It was a move that some took the Yankees to task because the year they did not make the playoffs and settled for finishing with 89 wins.

The move already looks good because of what has become of Hughes and Santana.

Hughes was the eighth-inning guy on a championship team, a role so vital that Jorge Posada thought was among the more

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 23, 2010 at 02:19:56 AM

When you are a team contending for the World Series, the six months you hope to be playing can be equated to a war that is played out on the field. Over the course of time, there will be small battles and occasionally a manager will concede.

In other words you are losing the battle to win the war and that is what happened last night.

Though Joe Girardi might not have envisioned a two-hour rain delay ending A.J. Burnett’s night after three innings and 51 pitches, he might have been thinking about the bigger picture when it comes with bullpen usage when encountering those circumstances.

That is the advantage of 40-man rosters after Sept 1, something that has existed since 1968 and recently become a popular topic to debate.

So what Girardi tried to do is get through a game with his

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 4, 2010 at 09:10:52 PM

A week ago, the Yankees began an eight-game winning streak with a homerun filled victory in Chicago.

That night the starting pitching produced the following: seven innings, nine hits and five runs.  The relievers produced two innings and four runs on seven hits.

Other than that night for the most part during the longest winning streak of the year, the numbers have somewhat been reversed.

During this winning streak, the starting pitchers have pitched 45 innings for an ERA of 5.20. On three occasions a starting pitcher has not lasted long enough to qualify for the win and this is a stretch that includes a dominating performance by CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett’s best start in at least a month.

That brings us to the bullpen, which since July 26 has pitched 115 innings and allowed