What Yanks are doing with Chamberlain “is not going to last forever”
There should be your consolation after last night’s 6-0 loss to the Blue Jays, from the mouth of Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Not that the Yankees were going to win this one, not with Roy Halladay recapturing his vintage form in a one-hit shutout, but there should be legitimate concerns about Chamberlain’s growth right now in the rotation. He hasn’t been particularly good since that spurt coming out of the All-Star break, and it’s difficult to judge his progress when you’re only seeing it in three-inning stints.
“You treat it like any other start,” Chamberlain said. “You prepare yourself and try to get better. I go in thinking I’m going to go six or seven, because if you try to go in for three, it gets a little more frustrating. You’ve got to go in and take it like a normal start.”
Girardi didn’t want to talk about the possible playoff rotation, not on September 4. But you’d have to think that Chamberlain will be in the bullpen if everything holds for the AL Division Series (against the Tigers?) and then would be one of New York’s four starters if they advance to the League Championship Series.
Bottom line — as they open the roof here at the Rogers Centre — the Yankees have a little bit of time to get things right. But make no mistake, they do need to get it right, preferably back to the way it was coming out of the break.
“He was able to get out of jams in those other starts, and he has not done as good a job at that,” Girardi said. “When a couple of guys got on, he was able to get the big out. He has not done that in those three starts, but I still really believe in him. At the end of September, you’re going to see a guy throwing the ball well.”