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The Yankees bullpen needs Joba to step up.
Joba Chamberlain returned to the New York Yankees bullpen on August 1, and initially showed a lot of "rust" with his performances.
With all of the Bombers' struggles in the starting staff, the bullpen has reached a point of being overused, and Joba's return was seen as an opportunity to alleviate that situation.
Unfortunately, he struggled to an 8.59 ERA and a 2.81 WHIP through the month of August. Many called on a trip to the minors for the once highly touted reliever.
It seems that Joba has turned a corner.
Since a rough outing against the Baltimore Orioles on September 2nd, Chamberlain has been nearly untouchable. In his last four appearances, the rifle-armed reliever has a 1.80 ERA and a microscopic 0.40 WHIP.
If he can keep this up, Joba will provide the bullpen with a valuable shot in the arm. Manager Joe Girardi will have his seventh-inning guy and won't have to worry as much about matching up with every batter.
We Yankee fans know that the more we can keep Joe from over-thinking a situation, the better.
A Joba Chamberlain pitching to his full potential out of the 'pen means that Yankee starters need only focus on the first six innings of a game, and gives the team a complete set of relievers for the stretch.