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Yankees moving Joba Chamberlain to starting rotation — BIG MISTAKE!

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 22, 2008

The main issue this year has been the lack of run production. ARod and Posada have been out. Many of the other players have been producing below average offensively.(As you may remember, last year ARod single-handedly carried the Yankees through April and part of May. He has already hit 2 home runs in 2 gams… Really 3 home runs but we’ll discuss that on a later date.)

Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees

The Yankees will hit this year.

The Yankees moving Joba Chamberlain to the starting rotation is a BIG mistake.

While the Yankees have had a bad year, their pitching strategy has been solid.

  • Get the starting pitcher through the 1st 6 inning. (Mussina is a good example of this.)
  • Have Kyle Farnsworth, Jose Veras, or Latroy Hawkins pitch the 7th inning
  • Have Joba Chamberlain pitch the 8th inning
  • And have Mariano Rivera pitch the 9th

  • This has worked well for Mike Mussina (until his last start)
  • This strategy lets Pettitte only concern himself about 6 innings. (He is getting older)
  • Chien-Ming Wang can pitch as many innings as he wants.

This allows the Yankees to also have “starting pitching by committee”.

Why not groom Joba to take over for Mariano?

Joe – Keep Joba in the ‘pen. Don’t move him to the starting rotation!




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