Lots of e-mails yesterday about Joba Chamberlain. Because of his rocky outing on Tuesday night, assorted people went into a panic and decided he needed to go back to the bullpen.
This would be like saying that because you caught a cold, you need to call Dr. Kevorkian. Even Sweeny Murti caved in. Shame on you, Sweeny. Next time pour a Diet Coke over Mike’s head and tell him to pipe down.
I get that the Yankees need bullpen help. But Joba has a 3.25 ERA in 21 career starts and is averaging 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings. CC Sabathia has a 3.65 ERA as a starter and averages 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Lets make him a reliever. He throws hard. I bet he would be good at it.
Joba has a chance to be one of the best starters in the game, not simply one of the best starters on the Yankees. He’s 23. You need to give him every chance in the world to accomplish this.
Great starters don’t just float down from baseball heaven one day. They are developed, they make mistakes and learn from them, they gain experience. Joba needs to learn to pitch to contact in certain situations and not waste two-strike pitches. His warm-up routine needs work and he’s not great holding runners on.
But that all comes in time. And when it all does … holy cow. Starting pitching is the key to winning baseball, period. Learn it, live it, love it.
Yes, the Yankees need relief help. Thats why you have a general manager. Go get Huston Street or somebody else. Give David Robertson and/or Mark Melancon a chance. But don’t throw away another year of development for Chamberlain. Don’t start the clock again.
Joba needs to throw 150+ innings this season. He’s going to take his lumps from time to time. But the finished product will be one you can treasure for years.
You know who would have been a heck of a pitcher in the eighth inning? Roy Halladay. But the Blue Jays weren’t stupid. They nurtured him and lived through the growing pains and now they have a true ace.
Stop begging the Yankees to be stupid. It makes no sense.
Sam Borden weighs in on the matter over on SNY.TV.