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Call Me Crazy But... Have Patience With Joba

NEW YORK - JUNE 30: Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Seattle Mariners June 30, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
william beovichContributor IJuly 16, 2009

Since last year (and especially the last month) so many Yankee fans are saying that Joba needs to go into the bullpen. I'm here to say no, he does not.

I was in between for a while on this topic especially when the Yankees bullpen was struggling when Bruney was hurt and Coke was not pitching well. But since then, Hughes has turned out to be Joba part 2 in the bullpen and Coke has regained his form from last year and been lights out.

Now, I understand that Joba has struggled a lot lately, but again understand, he is only 23-years old. And his numbers aren't that bad when you consider he is supposed to be the team's fifth starter: 4-2, 4.25 ERA he has 78 k's in 89 innings pitched.

Here's my argument for why he shouldn't leave the rotation.

Who are you going to put in his place? Hughes is not ready for the rotation and there is no way he should be taken out of the eighth inning where he has been unbelievable. Other than Roy Halladay (which I don't see the Yankees getting, or want them to get) who else is there?

So, for now leave him in there and let him get some experience on how to pitch a full game. The guy has started less than 30 games in the Major leagues. That's not even a full season of starting, so before people start saying there is no way he can start, let's give him time to find himself in the rotation.

The point of the matter to me is that the guy is the fifth starter right now, and I still believe that he has the stuff to become a top of the line guy in the rotation. However, pulling the plug on him now will only slow his progression of Joba becoming the star pitcher the Yankees are hoping he becomes.

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