Tim Dierkes of Roto Authority polled some writers and bloggers to ask how many innings they thought Joba Chamberlain would pitch in the coming season.
My answer of 160 was between Will Carroll and Ken Rosenthal, which seems like pretty good company.
Though Joba tossed only 100.1 inning in 2008, I think the Yankees will push him a little provided he stays healthy. He’s 23 now, this is will be third season in the majors and he is at a point where he will work as a starter in spring training and then start the season in the rotation.
I have no science to back up what I’m saying, just a sense from talking to people with the Yankees that they don’t plan to baby him.