Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Anyone wondering what the effects of using the major league regular season as an extended spring training for Joba Chamberlain, look no further than yesterday.
Joba throws two meaningless innings over the weekend in a blow out and was not available Sunday or Monday as they stretch him out.
It worked out on Sunday as Edwar Ramirez pitched well… but with the Yankees needing a solid contributor from the bullpen yesterday to keep a 1-0 game close, the Yankees couldn’t turn to Joba even though he had a complete day off on Sunday.
They were left with Hawkins and Veras… and 1-0 became 6-0 en route to a 6-1 loss.
And tonight, with the game still in progress, the Yankees scored Ian "Batting Practice" Kennedy 8 runs... and of course they had to go to the pen early.
And Ross Ohlendorf couldn't make an 8-4 lead stick.
Anyone who said that 8th inning men are easy to find better take a good long look at the Yankee pen once Joba leaves.
Once again, it is music to my ears!