9/30 – Yankees vs. Royals

Okay, so maybe I made that Juan Miranda joke a little too soon. After Miranda’s heroics last night, I’m back at Yankee Stadium one last time before postseason play. Bryan will have an Inbox on the site tomorrow, then will pick up the Yanks in Tampa. Until then, I give you the Wednesday lineups:

ROYALS (64-94)
Maier LF
Hulett 2B
Butler 1B
Pena DH
Callaspo 3B
Teahen RF
Buck C
Betancourt SS
Anderson CF

Pitching: RHP Robinson Tejada (4-2, 3.41).

YANKEES (102-56)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (9-6, 4.72).

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–Anthony DiComo

5 Comments

With the best record, our Yankees still lost 35.8% of their games. All of the other teams going to the playoffs lost more than 40%. Joba and every other young pitcher’s greater developement comes when faced with losing. He may not start in the division series, but he will in the ALCS, and I expect he will pitch well.

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Hey fans, yes I mean you. You wouldn’t be on his case so much if the A TEAM had got some runs to win the game. Joba at the start of the season usually averaged 3 runs in his abbreviated innings. That number is considered winnable. He lost several games early on because either the offense or the bull pen failed him. Same way with AJ and Pettitte.

I can remember when AJ and Pettitte were struggling and Wang was out for the season that posters were actually calling Joba the #2 pitcher. Remember that?? And calling Pettitte #5 and Joba#2.

If Wang (through no fault of his own) hadn’t been reinjured and
and the Yankees would have CC, Wang, AJ, Pettitte and Joba as the rotation they probably would have won 120 games. And Joba could have blissfully honed his skills coming out of the 5th slot. Yankee life would have been wonderful. Yeah, and if a frog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his butt every time he jumped.

Joba just needs the opportunities to prove himself, you know he has the talent. Don’t expect perfection alll the time. Be patient.

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I got a chill last night when Michael Kay mentioned that in 2010 we will have the Phil Hughes rules!!!

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Joba has proven obnce again he is not ready to be a starter. The Royals are horrible and try to give away games and he still struggles against them. 91 pitches in 3+ innings? Are you kidding me? The Tigers, Angels or Red Sucks will have a feast facing the likes of him. What happened to our hitters? The last two nights the timing has looked off and they look stale….not a time to go flat right before the playoffs. Hopefully, Giradi has them ready to play against the Rays. The last thing you want to do is limp into the 1st round, while the Tigers are fighting, clawing and doing whatever it takes to get in. We have seen this before back in 2007…..

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So Joba just got pulled, after 3 2/3 innings and 91 pitches… This was the Royals, he gave up 7 hits and 4 walks in his outing, only 1 word can describe this.. DISGRACEFUL. He needs to get his head out of his ***, he’s had a whole season under his belt now, and if he’s gonna struggle against the terrible Royals, what will happen to him in the postseason? He needs to be put into the bullpen for the playoffs, I’d rather have Chad Gaudin start than him. I think the Yankees messed with his psyche just enough to have him pitching like a bumb. Where has his velocity gone? Where has his tenacity gone? Where is that fire that had him coming in and attacking hitters gone? Dave Eiland and Joe Girardi need to wake this kid up now, the season is basically over and the playoffs are just around the corner. The Yankees can’t afford to put a guy on the mound that lacks confidence, or the fire and ability to get guys out. Joba has done just that in the past, but he needs to open his eyes…

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