Tuesday, June 2, 2009

We Can Have Both

Over the last few years there has been a lot of debate over whether Joba should be a starter or a set-up man. Here is an unbiased example of how the debate usually goes:

Fan A: Because he has four major-league ready pitches and can give us innings, we need to give Joba every chance to be a starter. Starting pitching determines post-season viability and that is where Chamberlain's greatest long-term value is.

Fan B: Well I'm drunk and probably of below average intelligence and I say Joba should be in the bullpen. That way we waste his considerable talent. [glug, glug, glug]. Go bullpen! That's where the bulls go.

Fan A: WTF?

Joba's last start, however, should put an end to the debate. Joba was dominant for eight innings, allowing only one run on a solo shot by Victor Martinez. This means that Joba can start and pitch the eighth, setting up Mariano as he did last night. Thus, it would seem this debate is settled. Joba should start and he should continue to pitch through the eighth.


Raven King said...

Joba is to remain a starter.
Hughes is to remain a starter.
Wang is going to sit in the bullpen reading Le Comte de Monte-Cristo and learning how to plan a perfect revenge.

Raven King said...

BTW, the Yankees' MLB-record run of 18 consecutive errorless games came to an end right after Joe G claimed that he had "been unaware of the record".
What a Coincidence.