This is my first post for Bronx Baseball Daily, and what better topic to lead off with than Joba Chamberlain, who must own the record for most words written about a pitcher with a 94 ERA+. I think everyone knows the story by now: Joba was the hottest pitcher after the All-Star Break, and there was a time you could make a serious case for him being the Yankees’ No. 2 starter. A few mediocre starts later, followed by the implementation of two sets of new “Joba Rules,” and now Joba looks pretty terrible. So what’s wrong? A pitcher with Joba’s ability should not have a slump like this. I can’t help but notice, however, that Joba’s entire demeanor changed once he started scaling back his starts. It’s like he’s throwing a bullpen session, and ...
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