Because of the rain delay, there was less time to write for the newspaper, so I had to pick my spots for interviews after the game
A little Girardi, a little Matsui, a little Jeter, some Mo, some Bruney, some Hughes.
I passed on Joba because he wasn’t going to be a very big part of the story. The game was decided long after he was gone. That is usually the case with him.
Frankly, Joba has become boring. The Yankees are 10-5 in the games he starts but he has only six decisions. His ERA is 3.89, which is just OK. He has allowed 79 hits in 81 innings, pretty good. He has 73 strikeouts, not bad. The 40 walks are too much.
He’s just sort of there. Joba is averaging roughly 5.1 innings per start, far too little. He pitches with no rhythm, he seems uninterested in challenging hitters until he has to and then afterward says the same things, about how he’s learning and how good he feels.
Tonight was his 27th start, just about a full season. We should be close to seeing some sort of consistency, maybe a stretch of three or four good starts in a row. Instead we get a flash here or there then three more 5.1 inning specials.
I still think he’s a starter and deserves every chance to prove that. But somebody needs to sit Joba down and tell him. “Look, this is what you want. Start showing us that.”
He’s too good to be boring.