Joba Chamberlain might just have pitched himself off the ALDS roster. Chamberlain lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was booed by fans at Yankee Stadium during the Kansas City Royals’ 4-3 victory Wednesday night, which stopped New York’s seven-game winning streak.
Derek Jeter homered leading off the first, and Chamberlain left with a 3-1 deficit before Nick Swisher’s 29th homer tied the score in the fifth, a two-run drive.
Chamberlain allowed three runs, seven hits and four walks, throwing just 52 of 91 pitches for strikes.
With CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte set to start in the first round of the playoffs, Chamberlain either will go to the bullpen or be dropped from the division series roster.
The line of the night came when Chamberlain told reporters in the clubhouse he will do anything to win with the team.
“If they want me to fold towels, I’ll fold towels,” he said. “I don’t really care. I’ll do anything to win on this team.”
The Yankees are off today before going to Tampa to finish the season. The Yankees’ rotation for the playoffs will be starting this weekend.