Tag:New York Yankees
Posted on: August 26, 2009 9:38 am

Is Girardi hurting Joba?

The Joba Rules..............................

One term that can quickly turn some peoples stomach. The Yankees have determined that they want to limit his innings to about 160 for the season. Since he is at about 130 now, Girardi has looked to push him back a day or two when he can. Lets look at this for a moment. Since the All-Star break, Joba started his first 4 games with a 4-0 record giving up 6 runs in 26.2 innings.He also had 24 strikeouts. So we are looking at a stat line of 4-0  2.06 era  8.24 K's per 9 innings......Not too shabby.

Since the implementation of the "New Joba Rules", Chamberlain has started 3 games. He is 0-2  giving up 15 runs in 15 innings pitched. He has struck out 12. So his stat line is    0-2   9.00 era 8.0 K's per 9 innings.....Not Quite what he had.

Pitchers have a complex personality. They have a set ritual they do. When you start "messing with their head", they try to compensate by adjusting their routine. Obviously this move has distracted Chamberlain from pitching the way he had been prior to the change.

I understand why they want to do this, but I do not agree with it. The "Kid" is 23 ( he does not turn 24 til Sept. ) he should be able to go 190 without breaking a sweat. I guess I am still living in the past when starting pitchers would pitch complete games. The funny part of this whole thing is the rap on Girardi was that he burnt out pitchers, now he is holding one back, and in the process messing up his head.

If the Yankees want Chamberlain to succeed, they need to start him every 5th day and not skip him.

But thats just one mans opinion
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