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Monday, September 3, 2012

On the Yankees, Joba, and A-Rod

A few thoughts on the state of the Yankees before today's game at the House of Horrors, East Coast Edition -- aka Tropicana Field.

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!

5 comments:

1dcb0836-4a7f-11e0-9be6-000bcdcb471e said...

Jo-bob was done before he even made it to the majors. He's not a pitcher, he's just a thug who can throw 98 mph with no control. In other words, George's kind of loser. He belongs on the gridiron more than he does on the pitcher's mound.

And speaking of leads, what do the Yankers not have anymore? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Stick a fork in them - THEY'RE DONE!!

If you thought the Red Sox collapse last year, and the Mets in previous years, was epic - YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET.

There is a new spelling for the word "suck": Y-A-N-K-E-E-S.

YANKERS SUCK! YANKERS SUCK! YANKERS SUCK! YANKERS SUCK! YANKERS SUCK! YANKERS SUCK! YANKERS SUCK! YANKERS SUCK! YANKERS SUCK! YANKERS SUCK!

Uncle Mike said...

Isn't maturity wonderful? Joba himself is more mature than this.

Clearly, with a 0.38 ERA and a 0.750 WHIP in his first (albeit brief) major league season, Joba was not "done before he even made it to the majors."

Maybe the Yankees should trade Joba to the Mets. He'd improve their bullpen instantly, the pressure would be off, and the Mets could even it out by sending the Yankees...

Uh...

A year's supply of shack shakes?

1dcb0836-4a7f-11e0-9be6-000bcdcb471e said...

Whatever Jo-bob did in his first season just goes to show what the Yankers can do with a big bag of money. They can take any loser with a 98-mph arm, and turn him into an even bigger loser!

Let me ask you Mikey, what's Jo-bob doing THIS year? Hmmmmm....... An ERA of 8.71 and a WHIP of 2.23 - YAY!! He's an All-Star, put him in the Hall of Fame. More like the Hall of Shame, which is where ALL Yankers belong.

And trust me, there is NOTHING the Yankers have that the Mets want. It's a proven fact that if you take a Yanker away from the money, he will SUCK ROYALLY. So you keep your losers, we don't want them.

urinalfresh23 said...

Whatever Jo-bob did in his first season just goes to show what the Yankers can do with a big bag of money. They can take any loser with a 98-mph arm, and turn him into an even bigger loser!

Let me ask you Mikey, what's Jo-bob doing THIS year? Hmmmmm....... An ERA of 8.71 and a WHIP of 2.23 - YAY!! He's an All-Star, put him in the Hall of Fame. More like the Hall of Shame, which is where ALL Yankers belong.

And trust me, there is NOTHING the Yankers have that the Mets want. It's a proven fact that if you take a Yanker away from the money, he will SUCK ROYALLY. So you keep your losers, we don't want them.

Uncle Mike said...

Loser? Have you seen Joba's World Series ring?

Did you see Joba pitch yesterday? In the biggest regular season game of his career, he came through like a champ. The Mets haven't had a game that big in 4 years - since September 28, 2008.

There is nothing the Yankees have that the Mets want? At what position would switching with the Yankees NOT be an upgrade? Don't tell me third base: David Wright has NEVER been better than a healthy Alex Rodriguez, and is not better than A-Rod right now.