I have a solution
I am only half kidding here.
It seems that for whatever reason the Yankees seemed hellbent on preventing Joba from throwing more than 12 pitches a game.
Removing him in the 6th inning when the Red Sox couldn't hit him so they can bring on the Merry Go Round of Veras, Coke, Albaladejo, Ramirez, Melancon and Robertson was indefensible.
The later innings are more important to lock down, especially in a close game. You can fall behind early (like the Sox did 6-0 the other weekend) and you can still come back. Falling behind late means one or two cracks at it.
Here's my modest and kind of kidding but actually kind of serious suggestion:
If Joba is only allowed to pitch 5 or 6 innings... have him come in the 3rd. Put some schmuck to pitch the first and second and then bring in Joba to pitch the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th and have Rivera pitch the 9th.
You'd get the innings pitched from Joba and the late innings would no longer be the property of Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez or whatever 5.00+ ERA scrub they bring out.
It's like when Pedro came into Game 5 of the 1999 Division Series in the 4th and pitched the rest of the way.
I know it will never happen... but except for the fact that it is batsh*t crazy, it kind of makes sense to me.
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