Saturday, March 29, 2008

SNY's Clueless On Joba

SNY discusses the Joba rules and theorizes how Chamberlain should be utilized this season. Essentially, he wants all setup men to toss 100+ innings a year and thinks Chamberlain should throw more innings in relief this year as he ever has as a starting pitcher. That sounds asinine slightly ridiculous.

More from this genius:
There's been much written about the relative merits of using Joba Chamberlain as a starter or reliever. I say, for this Yankees team, relief is best. But I want Joba used in an old-school, highly leveraged way -- meaning 100 relief innings at a minimum. And I'd prefer about 120, which would give Chamberlain at least the value he'll have as a starter considering how much easier it is to dominate in relief.
Which means Chamberlain - who the Yankees want to test as a starter - would again start the 2009 season without enough innings under his belt to become a full time starter for the entire season because of a 150 inning cap. A question for Salfino - what if it became apparent Joba could be a Justin Verlander type of starting pitcher, but you wasted two years of his prime restricting him to a late-inning reliever? You'll never know until you try it.

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