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3.17.2008

Where Does Joba Belong?

Joba the Chamberlain
As the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Such is the case with the idea of moving New York Yankees hurler Joba Chamberlain from the bullpen to the starting rotation.

Last season, the 22-year-old righty went 2-0 with a minuscule 0.38 ERA during his first stint of 19 games in the big leagues, including one save and 35 strikeouts. So... what's the problem?

Chamberlain, who has a 6.14 ERA in 7.1 Grapefruit League innings this Spring, has been working as a starter -- and will eventually join the rotation -- but there are five other healthy guys who get dibs on the 1-5 spots this year.

Expect to see Joba in the setup role for long-time Yankees closer Mariano Rivera when the regular season begins with the Home Opener at Yankee Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 31st.

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3 Comments:

Jake the Snake said...

He's perfect as a setup man. Just because he can throw 1 inning with ease, doesn't mean he can toss 5 or 7 just as well. I say leave him in the bullpen.