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New York Yankees Ride the Joba Wave

Published by on May 5, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB


Aces are not born overnight. For Yankees fans to expect Joba Chamberlain’s transition from the bullpen to the rotation to be smooth and seamless would be asking quite a bit.

Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox was, in a way, a microcosm of Joba’s career as a starter. He’s been prone to the big inning once in a while. His stuff has looked flat for an inning here and there. When he is “on,” though, Joba’s been downright filthy.

Three things stand out for me regarding Joba Chamberlain after his performance against the Red Sox:

1) The starter vs. reliever debate is over. Twelve strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched? It would be a waste to just...

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