Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Beanball: Joba Chamberlain is Back, Baby

In baseball, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no losers, but all are winners!

The mighty fell hard. Despite once being considered Mariano Rivera‘s eventual replacement or at least a top-of-the-rotation mainstay, the Yankees decided against re-signing Chamberlain this offseason. And hoping to find a diamond in the rough, the Detroit Tigers inked the free agent to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

On the surface, Chamberlain’s 4.02 ERA, park-adjusted 108 ERA+ and 1.40 WHIP thus far in 2014 all seem rather pedestrian. But considering the right-hander is dealing with an astronomical .447 BABIP, Chamberlain’s 1.31 FIP is much more indicative of his performance over his past 15.2 innings.

And while Chamberlain’s 2014 fastball’s average is clocking in at 1.6 mph slower than his career rate, the reliever is still sitting down batters at a 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings ratio—his best career showing.

...His reduction in mid-to-high zone pitches could also be a factor for Chamberlain’s new-found long-ball stinginess. Despite sporting a career 10.6 percent home runs per fly ball rate, Joba has yet to allow a dinger in 2014.

The reliever is also throwing a much more effective curveball this season, as batters are hitting a collective .180 wOBA against (versus his career .255 wOBA against), per FanGraphs’ PITCH/fx.

With Joe Nathan entrenched as the Tigers’ closer (despite an ugly 4.51 FIP), Chamberlain doesn’t appear to be in line for many saves this season. But perhaps for the first time since his 2007 season, Joba can simply concentrate on finding outs—instead of attempting to fulfill unattainable, New York expectations.

 

Repoz Posted: May 17, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: tigers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 17, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4708740)
Wow, 15 innings!
   2. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 17, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4708754)
Saw him pitch last night and I thought his slider looked very sharp. One inning and all but I thought he looked very good.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
robneyer
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(8139 - 8:10am, Sep 30)
Last: Kurt

NewsblogMets close season optimistic for next year
(51 - 8:05am, Sep 30)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogESPN: Ron Gardenhire out after 13 Seasons with Twins
(36 - 8:03am, Sep 30)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogMLB’s Biggest Star Is 40 (And He Just Retired). That Could Be A Problem.
(8 - 7:50am, Sep 30)
Last: simon bedford

NewsblogOT August 2014:  Wrassle Mania I
(262 - 7:49am, Sep 30)
Last: Rowland Office Supplies

NewsblogBaseball Past & Present: Vote: The 25 Most Important People in Baseball History.
(282 - 7:41am, Sep 30)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogRemembering George ‘Shotgun’ Shuba, 1924-2014
(6 - 7:35am, Sep 30)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 2014 Discussion
(10 - 7:32am, Sep 30)
Last: bjhanke

NewsblogAttanasio discusses Brewers collapse, changes coming for 2015
(127 - 7:04am, Sep 30)
Last: Harveys Wallbangers

NewsblogRBI Baseball, 2014 Playoff Edition
(3 - 6:54am, Sep 30)
Last: Leroy Kincaid

NewsblogThe Calm-Before-The-Storm and Postseason Prediction OMNICHATTER, 2014
(82 - 6:33am, Sep 30)
Last: Dr. Vaux

NewsblogMadden: How dare the sabermetrics crowd and others try to diminish Derek Jeter’s greatness
(144 - 5:20am, Sep 30)
Last: cardsfanboy

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1958 Ballot
(9 - 2:49am, Sep 30)
Last: bjhanke

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - September 2014
(392 - 1:53am, Sep 30)
Last: Gold Star - just Gold Star

NewsblogThe Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets
(29 - 11:21pm, Sep 29)
Last: Walt Davis

Page rendered in 0.1842 seconds
52 querie(s) executed