In his weekly interview on the “Mike and the Maddog” radio program, on WFAN, Joe Girardi said, “the decision has been made, and Joba Chamberlain will make his first start this upcoming Tuesday”, in the opening game of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, at Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx, New York.
“Joba will throw 65-70 pitches”, Girardi, said, “but no more than five innings; maybe, only four innings”.
Girardi also said, that the Yankees will continue to increase the number of pitches Chamberlain will throw in each start, with the hope of building up Joba’s arm strenght to the point that he will soon be pitching 7 to 8 innings per start.
The atmosphere at the Stadium on Tuesday night will be electric, as the crowd will be treated to an event that will have the feel of a Playoff or World Series game. This first major league start by Joba Chamberlain, will be another historic event to take place at Yankee Stadium, which will be added to the long list of the many other special events, and games, that have taken place in this historic building, throughout the years.
Toronto’s ace righthander, Roy Halladay, is the scheduled Blue Jay starter on Tuesday. Halladay is 6-5, with a 2.93 ERA. In his 11 starts this year, he has 5 complete games. [A very rare stat in baseball today: (CG) – the complete game]. So, it’s important the Yankee batters get on base, and score some early runs against Halladay which will give them the lead when Joba’s 5 innings are finished. Then we hope the “Bridge to Mariano” will a stable “one” in this game, on this very important night.
Joba Chamberlain’s time has arrived, and the pitching mound at Yankee Stadium is the perfect setting for his first start. Joba will take “center stage” in the greatest baseball and sports venue in the history of sports, in the greatest city in the world, New York.
It will be a special night; and, another great moment in “Yankees History”.