I thought this topic was still in the cup, but after doing some reading today in my, ahem, spare time, it’s out of the jock.
After last night’s outing by Joba Chamberlain, the argument of ” Joba should go back to the bullpen and Wang be put back into the starting rotation”, has raised it’s ugly head again. Here’s my take for the now: JOBA STAYS IN THE ROTATION. Why? Dysfunctional Wang.
I know people that I can go back and forth on this topic with, for days. Damn people, I don’t have time for that in my everyday, mundane routine. Sheesh. They will argue with me that they’re confident AND comfortable with Wang back in the starting rotation. I’m sorry, but I have no confidence right now, in a pitcher that can pitch 13 scoreless innings at Triple-A Scranton, and then come back to the Majors and go only 3 innings in relief, giving up 2 earned runs. Do I sound petty? Perhaps, but the Yankees have no room to make more adjustments. If the Yanks can get Keith Olbermann’s mom to come out of her first base line seats at Yankee Stadium, and put on Cervelli’s uniform and call a game, perhaps Wang will throw strikes. I know some of you are probably saying, “Jeez Megan, you HAD to bring up the curse of Chuck Knobloch”. Hey listen, if Wang’s problems aren’t mechanical in nature, then they’re psychological. I’m at the point where I think that a “hip flexor” is not the problem here (not that a hip flexor was the ACTUAL reason for his placement on the DL in the first place). Do I think Wang forgot how to pitch? No. But his head is definitely playing tricks on him. My prescription? Keep him in the bullpen….or put him back on the DL until SOMEONE can finally figure out what is wrong with him.
I think it’s unfair after last night’s performance, given a two hour rain delay, plus the fact that Chamberlain was nailed in the knee during his last outing by a line drive, that folks are demanding his placement back in middle relief. I find it amazing that no one is really pointing out AJ Burnett for his lack-luster performance as of late (but boy he makes a mean pie). I don’t hear anyone suggesting that he needs to go to the pen. Are salaries the issue? Perhaps. The perspective is a little warped. No one saw Teixeira benched for his horrible performance in April. Leave Joba alone. It’ll work out.
You want to know what’s really bothering me concerning the series with the Texas Rangers? The fact that Saltalamacchia’s name on the back of his uniform goes from his belt loops on his left side, up to his shoulders, and back down again to his waist again. Shorten that huh? Get a nickname or something.
This is what happens: The Yanks go on a winning tear. Then they have ONE bad game and need someone to pin it on. Did Joba have a good start last night? No. Did the bats come back to support him? Yes. Did the bullpen keep the Yanks in the game? No. Outcome? Loss. It’s that simple. It’s not rocket science. It’s baseball, people.
If anyone out there has a better formula or equation, I want to hear it.