Yes, yesterday wasn't Joe Girardi's finest hour -- obviously, he pulled Phil Hughes too late, even though everybody and their grandmother knew that Mark Reynolds was going to go deep against him. And why he pulled Chris Dickerson -- the Yanks' star of the game -- I don't understand.
But can we talk about Joba Chamberlain for a second? I'm sick of hearing all the excuses for him. Maybe it's not that the Yankees brought him back too soon, use him in the wrong spots, or any of the other excuses. Maybe he's just not very good. And he never will be again.
If his name were John Chamberlain, Joba wouldn't have a career at this point. It's been a lifetime in baseball years since he was a difference-maker. Yet people seem still expect that he's going to turn it around and show the promise he did in 2007. Perhaps it's time to give up on that pipe dream. Whether he's a starter or reliever, he is never going to live up to that, and he's not even serviceable now as a middle reliever. I will not be surprised if the Yanks give up on him after this season.
Joba's ERA is over 10 now. He's looked terrible in pretty much every single game he is in. It's painful to watch him any more. If the Yanks bring him back next year, it will be more of the same.
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Speaking of rushing people back, I see that A-Rod is returning today. If the Yanks weren't clinging on to a two-game lead, do you think he'd back today? Doubtful. Anyhow, he's obviously not in his prime, but I do think it's interesting that the Yanks have been only playing .500 ball without him. (And you know if the Yanks had gone on a run without him, it would be said that it was because he wasn't in the lineup, so I'm going to point out that the Yanks lost their AL East without having him around!)
So yeah, I am officially worried about the Yanks' lead, especially with the new wild card system this year. But I have to look on the bright side -- the Yankees aren't even close to the dysfunction, chaos, and bad baseball that the Boston Red Sox are playing!
What do you think? Tell us about it!