Â Tonight, the Mets will try to leave the past 2 nights behind them and move forward against our beloved favorites, the Yankees.Â Our boys will be playingÂ with a DH andÂ going up against Joba Chamberlain (3-1 3.79).Â Here’s an in-depth look at the Blowfish Man…
Â According to Mets.com,
Chamberlain followed a fantastic outing in Cleveland with a solid start against the Rays on Sunday. He surrendered three runs in six innings, ultimately picking up a no-decision in a Yankees win. After allowing just one run through the first five frames, Chamberlain gave up a two-out, two-run hit to Gabe Gross, marring an otherwise strong performance.
Â The last time Chamberlain faced the Mets was in relief (May 17, 2008).Â He pitched the 9th and let upÂ 1 run, 2 hits but also fanned 2.Â Mets(W) 7-4.
Â Per Wikipedia,
On the January 27 edition of Hot Stove Chamberlain stated that he would be in the starting rotation at the beginning of the upcoming season. Chamberlain added that he had learned about his role in the Yankees rotation in November, and that knowing about the team’s plans to use him as a starter rather than as a reliever who would move into a starting role at some point in the middle of the season (as was the case in 2008) changes his mental approach to preparing for the season, and makes things easier on him. On May 5, Chamberlain set a career high in strikeouts in a game with 12 against the Boston Red Sox, though he lasted only 5.2 innings. On June 1, he threw a career-high 8 innings against the Cleveland Indians, giving up only 2 runs and 4 hits.
Scouting Report -
When pitching out of the bullpen, his fastball is known to sit in the upper 90′s while occasionally topping 99mph with tailing action. His slider rates over 70 on the 20â€“80 scouting scale and has caused batters to swing and miss 75% of the time.
When pitching as a starter, he makes use of an above average change-up and a mid to high 70s plus-curve, along with his fastball and slider. His fastball will sit in the 94â€“98 mph range when Joba pitches as a starter.
PitchFX Type & Velocity (2009) according to fangraphs,
FastballÂ Â - 61.9%, 92.5(mph)
SliderÂ - 16.5%, 84.1(mph)
Curveball Â - 14.6%, 79.9(mph)
Changeup – 5.4%, (81.5(mph)
- 2005 3rd Team All-American
- 2005 1st Team All Big 12
- 2005 Big 12 Newcomer Pitcher of the Year
- 2005 2nd Team All Midwest Region
- 2005 Big 12 Pitcher of the Week (2005-03-01)
- 2005 National Pitcher of the Week (2005-01-03)
- 2005 Big 12 Pitcher of the Week (2005-04-25)
- 2006 1st Team Preseason All-American
- 2006 Hawaiian Winter Post-Season All-Star
- 2007 FSL Pitcher of the Week (2007-05-14)
- 2007 FSL Pitcher of the Week (2007-05-28)
- 2007 EL Pitcher of the Week (2007-06-18)
In 2007, Chamberlain was featured on the cover of an issue of ESPN the Magazine, being named as being “Next”, or being the most likely young sports player to become a star.