What’s Wrong With Joba?
As a Yankee fan i was really looking forward to seeing what Joba Chamberlain could do this year. After seeing him pitch less and less into the game as the season progressed (with the exception of the handfull of starts right after the all-star break, where he looked like the old Joba) I have come to the conclusion that there is something either physically or mentally wrong with him. I’m not saying that he’s an insane asylum patient like Ollie Perez, but Joba seems to get frustrated a litte too easily. Watching him pitch, I have noticed that he likes to pick at batters when there are two strikes instead of challenging them with balls in or around the strike zone. I, as I’m sure every baseball fan, have also noticed that he has lost a staggering amount of velocity on his fastball. This leads me to his physical problem. I think that somethings up, when a guy who threw 97 to 100 mph coming out of the bullpen starts throwing 90 to 93 and a very rare 94-95 mph when he changes to starter. I understand that moving from the pen to a starter requires much more stamina, but I don’t think that it is normal to lose 6 or 7 mph on your fastball after you make the change. I guess what I am trying to say is that Joba cannot be a reliable starter for the Yankees in the postseason.