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Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 30, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joba Chamberlain showed last night why he should be a starter as the Yankees beat the Tigers.

Alex Rodriguez will play in a rehab game today. This notebook also has updates on a medical scare for Ian Kennedy, Chien-Ming Wang, Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada.





5 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. dave April 30th, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Very well said in the last thread pete. While the mainstream media and some fans continue to debate it and mainly argue for the move, you are one of the few that has always said and continues to say that joba should stay put until he shows he cant be a starter. As far as I can tell, those that seem to know a heck of a lot about baseball and the yanks in particular are the same ones that dont even consider joba to the pen a decent debate at this point as it is so clear he should be given a chance to start based on his stuff and makeup alone while those less informed seem to always be the ones bringing up this nonsense day in and day out endlessly ie the vast majority of people which is why there is even still a debate.

    The really annoying thing is that wang is not even close to coming back and does not even have a date around which he may return yet. But that doesnt stop people from trying to make the all six pitchers are healthy and doing well, what do the yanks do scenario all day today. It is just ridiculous to just plain expect this to happen and it is ridiculous to debate it more than a month before it is even possible that it does happen. But people will find any excuse in the world to bring this argument back up and even hypotheticals will be enough to carry this thing on all year.

  2. dave April 30th, 2009 at 6:40 am

    What the joba to the pen people hardly ever take into account is three things. One, while the pen has been pretty awful so far this season, that was the yanks strongest asset last season and it is pretty much the exact same guys. Two, bruney has just shown absolute dominance so far this year and he shouldnt be out long. Why do we need joba back in the pen when we have bruney doing the same thing he did? Three, I am 99 percent sure that melancon is the best reliever to come out of the yanks farm system since Mariano moved to the pen following his arrival in NY from the yankees farm system. This guy has amazing talent and enough poise and presence to appear like it would take a heck of a lot for him to get rattled which is ideal for a closer.

    Im not saying he should take over for Mo just quite yet but Im assuming he is a real possibility in the future and he is ready and already in the majors right now. So we have melancon, bruney and mo who can pitch the 7th, 8th and 9th which makes the yanks have possibly the best shutdown relief corps in all of baseball this season barring injury. Add to that, the same names that helped form one of the better pens in baseball last season and I think that is a recipe for success this season despite what has happened so far. Considering that bruney has been injured and melancon just came up, i think the pen will show vast improvement once those three are all back on the team. Im just saying – the pen is far too strong to think we NEED joba back there and the argument that the pen has sucked so far is completely irrelevant.

  3. Hokiehill April 30th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    not going to talk arod today so here I am…

    In regards to Joba, I was very pleased with his performance last night and am 100% for having him as a starter. That said, as much as I have blasted people for using a small sample to make outlandish predictions (the Yankees will lose every game after the opening series, Hughes is ready to be the Ace after 1 strong outing, etc…) I have to say, the only thing last night’s outing proves is that we need a much bigger sample than the one we have now in regards to finding out if Joba should continue to start. As Pete pointed out in his post, he certainly has the tools (pitches) to be a great starter, it’s just a matter of his mindset, durability and ability to maintain his velocity through out the game and the season. I watched the game on ESPN last night and Joba’s velocity was something they tracked all night. It made me feel pretty good when they mentioned how infrequently he’s been hitting 95 on the gun this season and naturally he threw his first 2-3 pitches at 95, and after that hit 95 at least once in every inning if I remember correctly. I think he’s seemed really uncomfortable and a little timid in his starts until last night. He had a few moments where he looked uncomfortable last night, but he was able to rebound in a significant way which is obviously a positive sign.

  4. Hokiehill April 30th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    and when I say larger sample I mean AT LEAST one full season. I expect and hope by the end of this season the debate will be truly dead for good.

  5. Sarah May 1st, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Fellas, I have said since ST that Joba was NOT pitching the same as last year. No aggressiveness, no velocity and definitely not a happy camper. Where was the high leg kick, the fall off the mound to the left the arm pump and YAH when he got the 3rd strike out. Had management put him on on the black list? What was going on?

    Then yesterday: in the 1st two innings he only faced 6 batters. He struck out Cabrera w/the bases loaded! Cabrera has been a favorite since his days as a Marlin at 20. Naysayers, look at his line score for the game. He wasn’t as excellent as when he beat Beckett in Boston last year 1-0, but who can top that. The week before Boston he beat Pittsburgh 10-0. Yes, that was last year but it gives him history as a potential dominant starter.

    To the argument – Put Hughes in the 5th spot and Joba to the pen I would say: Who would you want in the crucial WS game if it only came to 2 pitchers: Joba or Hughes? No answer. After one great game by Hughes, now there would be a lot of Hughes replies. But he also has history from last year. Not good.

    Joba does deserve one season to win or lose his place in the rotation. I believe management semi-promised him that, but who knew Wang was going to blow out.

    Swisher is a very pleasant surprise and bless him for that 3 run home run. I predicted Tex would be MVP based on his previous play. Oops. What a glove! He needs to get a couple of strong hits. And to the fun-loving guys that irritated a lot of fans last year — Cano and Melky – keep it up guys!

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