The new old Joba Chamberlain
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.