Joba Flunks The Test

October 1, 2009 – 11:58 am

Kansas City 4, NYY 3. This was Joba Chamberlain’s last opportunity to prove himself for the No. 4 starting position in the post-season and he certainly flunked the test. He lasted only 3.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits with 4 walks. That’s equivalent to a 7.35 ERA and 3.00 WHIP. And that pretty much matches his stats over his last 6 starts in September — 7.15 ERA and 1.90 WHIP. You have to believe that Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland aren’t going to risk Joba in a post-season start. Particularly since Chad Gaudin over that same time frame has a respectable 3.71 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. On the broadcast last night John Flaherty suggested that the Yankees should use Joba out of the bullpen at least once in the final series of the year this weekend, and that sure sounds like a good idea. Hopefully Girardi was listening.

The one bit of good news from last night’s game is that Nick Swisher had a good night at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a home run. He had been in a bit of a slump of late, so hopefully he’s coming out of that at the right time. Johnny Damon is the only other regular who has been having problems of late, and he went hitless once again. Needless to say he’s had an excellent year, so we really need him back hitting well before the playoffs start. Maybe he can pull out of it against the Rays.

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