"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pitiful performance by Chamberlain

b553cc31b4a09b022b747d4c26ba2177-getty- Tonight’s start was emblematic of the way Joba Chamberlain has performed this season.  He nibbled too much tonight and could never put away the Rangers with two outs until they did their damage.

In four innings, Chamberlain allowed seven earned runs (all with two outs) on nine hits while walking three.  He also threw 96 pitches, 44 of which were thrown in the five-run fourth inning alone.  Oh, he also blew a 4-0 lead.

It’s getting to the point where the three dominant starts after the All-Star break were an aberration.

This is the kind of pitcher Chamberlain is this season.  And if the Yankees have to rely on him to pitch them out of a hole in October, I don’t have faith that he’ll deliver.

(Photo By Al Bello/Getty Images)


ds said...

It's time to put Joba back in the pen for the playoffs. He cannot be relied upon as a starter. He has lost his aggressiveness, he is not attacking batters, and he is over-thinking.
He needs to recapture those traits.
It worked for Hughes and given some time before the playoffs, hopefully he can recapture those traits.
If they want and need him next year as a starter, so be it, and give him the chance next year to prove himself.

mgm said...

Does anyone else remember last year when Joba would enter in the 7th or 8th innings? A jolt of electricity came with him and the crowd loved it. One inning and he would be dynamite, but invariably he would falter if kept in for a second inning. I've never thought he had the temperment, the arm, or the emotional stability required of an outstanding major league starter. Why do Cashman and Girardi insist on trying to make him something he's not? He just might become a super star closer, but apparently we'll never find out.

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