Just received this from a reader:
As a parting gift, please take Joba with you.
That is very funny. This is not: Joba is 0-4 with an 8.42 ERA in his last eight starts and opponents have hit .331 against him.
This is even worse: Joba either doesn’t understand how poorly he is pitching or doesn’t want to admit it. Listen to his postgame interview:
“My delivery was great,” he said. “I threw some great changeups. My slider velocity was great. My fastball velocity was more consistent. … It’s going to take a lot more than this to get my confidence level down, I’ll tell you that much. You can kick me as much as you want but I’m going to come back fighting every time. That’s how I live this life and that’s how I play this game of baseball.”
Chamberlain was asked whether he was concerned with how he has pitched lately.
“I’m fine, man,” he said. “I’m fine.”
Joe Girardi does not feel the same way. He wanted to use Joba for five innings put pulled him after three because he was pitching so poorly. He criticized his command, saying Chamberlain left too many hittable pitches over the plate.
But Girardi said that if they need a No. 4 starter in the playoffs, it would be Joba. That is a scary thought at this point.