New York Yankees: Joba Chamberalin
April, 15, 2013
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
John Munson/USA TODAY SportsIt's been rough going so far for Joba Chamberlain.We told you four things that have gone right for the 6-5 Yankees. Now, let's look at four things that have gone wrong.
1. AGING ICHIRO: It has only been 10 games for Ichiro Suzuki, but it hasn't been a good stretch. Ichiro is hitting .176 with only one extra base hit (a home run) among his six hits. It is a very small sample, but there are reasons to be concerned because for Ichiro to really be an impact player on offense, he must bat in the .300s, maybe in the mid-.300s to really be a big contributor. The reason? He doesn't walk -- though he has three times thus far, which has pushed his on-base percentage to .237.
2. BACK END OF THE ROTATION: The Yankees are still trying to figure out what they have in Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova. Hughes, after his season was delayed by his back injury, has had two bad starts, lasting just a total of seven innings. His ERA is 10.29.
Nova, who pitches Tuesday night in the Bronx, was no good in his first start. Nova's job could be lost to David Phelps. Phelps is a question mark as a starter, but in three relief appearances his ERA is 3.38.
3. WALK YEAR: Joba Chamberlain has taken the idea of this being his walk year a little too literally. He has walked six in 3 2/3 innings, which is no way to earn big free-agent money. If the Yankees are going to have a successful year, the bullpen will be extremely important. Chamberlain, who I thought would have a strong season, needs to be the bridge from the seventh to David Robertson and Mariano Rivera in the eighth and ninth.
4. INJURIES: Well, you know all about that. Here's the latest news on Derek Jeter.