Why Is Joba Chamberlain Not Starting Against the Mets?

Ben SandbergCorrespondent IJune 23, 2008

In Joba Chamberlain's first year as a starter, he will not get the opportunity to start against the Yankees' cross-town rival, the New York Mets.

Girardi opted to not use today's day off to juggle the rotation, which would have moved Joba's start to the weekend. Instead, the Yankees are electing to start Darell Rasner tomorrow, Joba Chamberlain on Wednesday, and Mike Mussina on Thursday.

Friday, versus the Mets, the Yankees will play a day-night doubleheader. Dan Guise is scheduled to start one of the games, while the second starter has not been determined yet. It could either be Andy Pettitte or Sidney Ponson, who was recently signed to a minor-league contract.

Chamberlain's response to not starting versus the Mets was as follows, "The chips fall where they fall...it's a great rivalry...I enjoy pitching against anybody. It doesn't matter if it's the Mets or the Rangers, not to downplay anybody."