Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I am king of the camp that crowed for Joba Chamberlain to be a starter in the Yankees rotation. I love dominate starting pitching. I think Joba can be dominate. He's shown flashes of being dominate. In time - he's only 23 - he may turn into an Ace. He has all the tools, now all he needs is the experience.
Let's say Phil Hughes comes up and pitches serviceable, starting tonight. Then he strings off 4-5 quality starts. Then, let's say Chien-Ming Wang returns in a a couple of weeks or so, works out the "kinks", and gets his stuff and his velocity back. If all of these pieces fall into place, then should the Yankees move Joba back to the bullpen?
It's time the Yankees face the facts - there isn't much of a choice anymore. With Bruney on the disabled list, Damaso Marte shoveling dirt at a record pace, Jose Veras pitching like a drunk little leaguer, Edwar Ramirez throwing mediocre shit on his best nights, Phil Coke on-again off-again Jekyll and Hyde routine, and the enigma that is Mark Melancon, there isn't much of a bullpen to work with. Now, Joba wouldn't have helped win any games this past weekend - those losses were caused by a higher, unfair fucking power - but he may have helped define roles on Saturday, when it seemed like Joe Girardi was blindly spinning on his heels and randomly pointing at a members of his bullpen to go into the game.
Who knows, who cares, right? After all, it's April. But should a move be made now, before things get even more out of control? Does Girardi do it to save his job? As I said earlier, I've always been a, "Joba as a starter", kind of guy. Now? I'm not too sure...