Joe Girardi said before Monday’s game that he would “probably lean toward” using Joba Chamberlain if presented with a tight spot in the eighth inning, but when that situation came up, Girardi steered away from Chamberlain and called on Dave Robertson and Boone Logan to help lock down the Indians lineup.
Girardi said that he saw matchups that prompted him to go in that direction, but it could just as easily have been the trust that Robertson has earned of late. Robertson has been unscored upon in his last eight appearances dating back to July 4, while Chamberlain has allowed eight runs on 12 hits and four walks in his last five appearances.
“I’m not saying I’m handing it over to Joba every time we go to the eighth; I’m going to look at things,” Girardi said. “That’s my job. He’s struggled a little bit. I went with what my gut told me.”
Chamberlain said he was not bothered by being passed over on Monday, saying, “I still understand I can come out and help this team win.” Robertson said that he’s willing to pitch in whatever situation Girardi deems fit.
“Sometimes the seventh inning is just as important, so I don’t really see the difference,” Robertson said. “I’ll throw whenever he wants me to – if he wants me to go in for the seventh, the sixth or the third. It doesn’t bother me, I’ll go do it.”