It’s Time To Shut Down Joba Chamberlain

Posted: 21st September 2009 by Rob Abruzzese in MLB
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It’s time to shut down Joba Chamberlain for the remainder of the year. Why? It's simple, he doesn’t have it anymore. Chamberlain was supposed to pitch five innings last night and get the win, what would have been his first since Aug. 6 against Boston. I’ve said it all year that Chamberlain should be in the rotation because he had a chance to be a better starter than relief pitcher. This is not the case anymore. Chamberlain lived off his 98-plus MPH fastball out of the pen, and kept hitters guessing with his nasty slider. As a starter, he’s completely different. His 93 MPH fastball has no control whatsoever, and has a knack for winding up in the middle of the plate and the sweet spot of the batter’s bat. Jorge Posada faults the Joba plan for Chamber ...

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