Whither Joba?

August 25, 2009 – 10:12 pm

Texas 10, NYY 9. For a team with the best record in baseball and a near-lock on the division championship, the Yankees are playing some pretty bad baseball lately. For the sixth time in the last month and for the third time in the last four games, Yankee pitchers gave up double-digit runs. Tonight’s stinker was courtesy of Joba Chamberlain, his fourth bad outing in a row with each one getting progressively worse. Handed a 4-run lead after the first inning, Joba immediately proceeded to give up 7 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks over the next 3 innings. It doesn’t get much uglier than that. Where the Yankees go with Chamberlain at this point is anyone’s guess. With the post-season looming, you have to believe that they would never trust him with a post-season start. So do you now prep him for the bullpen, where he at least showed some promise earlier? Seems like that strategy would make some sense.

Bottom line here is that now is not the time to start getting in to a lot of bad habits. We need Pettitte and Burnett to stop the pitching bleeding, and get back to the business of playing good baseball.

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