The new old Joba Chamberlain

Joba.jpg97 mph fastballs and fist pumps. Remember that Joba Chamberlain? He was back today.

Chamberlain came back from the All-Star Break and looked a little bit more like his old self, working into the seventh inning and striking out eight Tigers in the Yankees’ 2-1 victory, completing a series sweep.

That wasn’t completely by coincidence. Chamberlain said he needed to get back to Nebraska and clear his head a little bit over the break, getting away from baseball. He had been getting away from the things that made him successful earlier in his career, thinking he needed to throw more sinkers and get cute with hitters to be a ‘starting pitcher.’

Finally, something clicked and Joba played himself – throwing fastballs and being aggressive. He got out of jams better and worked more quickly, and that led to the better results.

This was Joba’s first victory at home this season after opening the season winless in his first nine starts at the new Yankee Stadium. The three hits allowed were his fewest in a start of at least six innings since May 16 at Minnesota.

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I wonder how many Old Timers gave Joba tips?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 19, 2009
Gwinnett (Braves) 5
Scranton/WB 3
W: Halama (1-3, 4.58); L: Nova (1-1, 3.13); SV: Gomez, Ma (7)
HR: SWB: Cervelli (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_19_gwiaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Portland (Red Sox) 1
Trenton 2
W: Duff (3-0, 0.00); L: Hottovy (0-1, 2.45)
HR: None
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_19_prtaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Tampa 9
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 4
(Completion of game previously suspended on 7/18/09)
W: Norton (1-0, 1.30); L: Buursma (1-1, 4.12)
HR: PMB: Swauger (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_18_tbyafa_pbcafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Tampa
Palm Beach (Cardinals) POSTPONED
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Kannapolis (White Sox) 0
Charleston 5
W: Phelps (10-3, 2.80); L: Ballinger, J (0-3, 9.00)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_19_kanafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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State College (Pirates) 0
Staten Island 3
W: Lare (3-2, 1.07); L: Bankston (1-3, 3.00); SV: Marte, R (5)
HR: SI: Murton (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_19_stcasx_staasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 20, 2009

Scranton/WB
Columbus (Indians) 7:05 PM
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Trenton
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 7:05 PM
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Tampa
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 7:05 PM
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Kannapolis (White Sox) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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Jamestown (Marlins) 7:00 PM
Staten Island
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GCL Yankees
GCL Tigers 12:00 PM
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I would not be at all surprised if Joba’s problems of late were all psychological. He is who he is. When some douches made hay with his fist pumping and yelling on the mound and he decided (or was asked, forced, whatever) to stop, it changed his psyche. As far as I’m concerned, the antics should stay. I don’t believe for a minute he’s using them to taunt or make fun of opposing batters. I think he’s an intense person on the mound ready to explode with each pitch and his mannerism are his way of controlled explosions.

I say keep it up. He’s not Moose or Andy. He’s not the quietly intense pitcher, he’s the firery red-head (without red hair). Let him be who he is.

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Joba was indeed grand today. He shut up a lot of naysayers with his agressive pitching today. He showed his prowess after the missed hit in right field by Swisher and hitting the next batter. The runner was stranded on third.

He proved today that he is a starter, fist pumps and all. Hey, if he wins with the first pump – so be it.

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE EDT
MON - JUL - 20 - vs Orioles  - 7:05 PM - YES
TUE - JUL - 21 - vs Orioles  - 7:05 PM - MY9
WED - JUL - 22 - vs Orioles  - 1:05 PM - YES
THU - JUL - 23 - vs Athletics  - 7:05 PM - YES
FRI - JUL - 24 - vs Athletics  - 7:05 PM - YES
SAT - JUL - 25 - vs Athletics  - 1:05 PM - YES
SUN - JUL - 26 - vs Athletics  - 1:05 PM - YES

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 18, 2009
Gwinnett (Braves) 1
Scranton/WB 3
(Completion of game previously suspended on 7/17/09)
W: Ramirez, E (1-4, 4.15); L: Marek (0-1, 7.94)
HR: SWB: Miranda (12), Curtis (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_17_gwiaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Gwinnett (Braves) 10
Scranton/WB 2
W: Brownlie (2-1, 3.86); L: Johnson, Ja (1-2, 6.34)
HR: GWN: Gorecki (8). SWB: Duncan, S (23), Duncan, E (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_18_gwiaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Portland (Red Sox) 5
Trenton 6
W: Duff (2-0, 0.00); L: Richardson (2-2, 2.72); SV: Valdez, J (7)
HR: TRN: Montero (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_18_prtaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Tampa 4
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 4 (9) SUSPENDED
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Kannapolis (White Sox) 7
Charleston 3
W: Leesman (9-4, 2.68); L: Braboy (2-4, 3.77)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_18_kanafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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State College (Pirates) 0
Staten Island 2
W: Rondon (2-1, 1.23); L: McPherson (1-2, 3.31); SV: Solbach (1)
HR: SI: Medchill (8), Almonte, Z (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_18_stcasx_staasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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GCL Tigers 3
GCL Yankees 2
W: Diaz, R (3-1, 1.20); L: Greene, S (0-1, 0.90); SV: Mercedes (6)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_18_tgrrok_yanrok_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 19, 2009
Gwinnett (Braves) 5:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Portland (Red Sox) 1:05 PM
Trenton
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Tampa
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 5:05 PM
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Kannapolis (White Sox) 5:05 PM
Charleston
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State College (Pirates) 4:00 PM
Staten Island
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I hope he keeps this up!

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