Joba Chamberlain, the only member of Generation Trey who hasn't stunk up Yankee Stadium gets a start tonight. It looks like he is being rushed a bit because, to be truthful, the starting staff has been terrible.
A quality start is one in which the starter goes 6 innings (or more) and holds the other team to 3 runs or fewer. The theory is that such a performance gives one's team a chance to win.
And, the Yankee starters have been sorely lacking lately. Moving Joba to the starting rotation brings up many questions. First, who will take over his role bridging to Rivera? It was hoped Farnsworth could do it, but based upon last night's outing, I'm not too sure.
It's hard to place the blame on anyone for last night's game. Certainly, any time a team puts up 5 runs, it's hard to not fault the pitching, but holy crap--25 men left on base? (10 for the team--still pretty bad) That's unbelievable. Cano continues to struggle. I'm no expert, but could he maybe take a pitch every so often? How could that hurt? Two days ago, in 4 at bats, he saw a total of 6 pitches. The Yankee teams of the late 90's that were so successful used to go deep into a count. This group acts as if they have a bus to catch.
Joba takes the hill tonight against one of the best in baseball, Roy Halladay of the Jays. (7:05 YES)
I'm hoping for a good start to what will be the next part of Joba's career.
I'm very concerned that they will weaken what had been their biggest strength--the Bridge to Mo.
Good luck, Joba. You'll need it.
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