Joba still seeking efficiency
The final line on Joba Chamberlain today against the Reds — 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out six.
“It was good. I’ve still got to be better, but as far as velocity and just attacking the zone, I think it was the best [this spring],” Chamberlain said. “I felt good going through. It’s got to be better, that’s for sure, but it was something to build on.”
Asked specifically what needs to be better, Chamberlain said he needs to reduce the number of pitches he throws to get through innings. He needed 87 pitches (53 strikes) to record 16 outs here at Ed Smith Stadium.
“I’ve got to be more efficient,” Chamberlain said. “I had some good short innings, but there were other times when I got extended with two outs. I’ve got to shorten pitches and when things get out of whack, I’ve got to slow things down.”
Chamberlain said he is leaving Florida today to head to Nebraska, where he faces arraignment for offseason drunk driving charges. Chamberlain gave the impression that it would be a quick proceeding and said he would beat the Yankees charter to New York.