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The debate continues, but only because Joba Chamerblain is “pitching scared” at home.
In nine starts at the Bronx Bandbox, Joba is winless (0-2) with an unsightly ERA (5.36). Chamberlain averages fewer than five innings per start at home, and he’s averaging 5.35 walks per nine innings at home.
On the road, Joba is 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA in seven starts. He is averaging six innings per start on the road, and is averaging 3.37 walks per nine innings away from the Bronx Bandbox.
It's hard to tell how Chamberlain is developing because of this significant discrepancy between home and road starts.
He hasn’t been able to develop any consistency, and in fact may be developing some bad habits. In his last start, manager Joe Girardi stated that Joba was not attacking hitters and worked too slowly on the mound.
Despite his inconsistency, the Yankees are doing a nice job managing his pitch counts, as Joba averages 91.5 pitches per start, and hasn’t topped 108 in any single start. As a result, Chamberlain is on pace to pitch roughly 160 innings this season.
It would be nice to see Chamberlain produce a stretch of solid starts, and it would be great to see him pitch better at Yankee Stadium.