At this point, the sight of Joba running to the mound from the bullpen should elicit one response from any Yankees fan and one response only: "Ah, [insert favorite expletive]."
We never really saw Joba carry any of his Joba-the-reliever mojo to his role as a starter. We are beginning to see, however, that he's carried plenty of his I'm-not-much-of-a-starter into his new role as seventh inning guy. I can't really wrap my head around it, but this is not the same Joba who was lights out in the eight inning two years ago. This is Joba melting down because of midges, only without the midges.
What gives? Am I overreacting? Or is it time to leave our confidence in this kid at the door (at least until after we win our 27th championship)?