Should the Yankees Be Trusting Joba Chamberlain in Big Spots?

Posted: 20th October 2009 by Greg Fertel in MLB
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Throughout the playoffs, Joe Girardi has turned to Joba Chamberlain in high-leverage situations. My question is, why? I haven't seen Chamberlain do anything to warrant trusting him in a big spot. Chamberlain has been inconsistent all season and there is no doubt that David Robertson is a better option out of the bullpen at this point. Now, I'm not trying to knock Joba; I am actually not as down on his season as most people are. He was only slightly below average for the season, which is just fine for a back-end starting pitcher. I understand that Joba was an extremely dominant reliever in 2007 and 2008, but he is a different pitcher in 2009. Last year, Joba was also an excellent starter. This year, not so much. Since being moved to the bullpen at the start of October, Joba's average fastba ...

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