You can’t spell embarrassing without Barra.
Perhaps the most disheartening thing was once again watching C.C. Sabathia look un-hittable in early innings and then all of a sudden run out of steam. It has become painfully obvious that he is not and probably never will be the big game ace the Yankees have always tried to see him as. Wednesday’s game was absolutely crucial, but Sabathia, who whizzed through the first two innings on just 18 pitches with three strikeouts, nearly lost it all in the 3rd, giving up 5 hits and surrendering the lead 3-2.
...Actually, Sabathia’s performance was the second most disheartening thing in the game. Even worse was he performance by Joba Chamberlain, who, despite all logic, was brought in by Girardi in the 9th to keep the game at 6-5, Toronto. Instead, Joba gave up a double to Escobar which made it 8-5 and then hit a batter.
But now, at age 26, he looks like a relic from Double-A ball who is working his way back into the bigs by learning to throw a knuckler. The old sinking fastball and hard breaking slider are gone. So, too, is the look of barrel-chested intimidation that he used to project. Yankee press information now lists him at 250 pounds, about 15-20 more than he carried a few years ago when Joe Torre and his staff couldn’t seem to decide instituted “the Joba rules,” limiting his work load while paradoxically trying to decide whether they wanted him to be the greatest starter or greatest reliever of all time.
This year Joba’s given up 16 hits and four walks in just 7.1 innings for a ridiculous 8.59 ERA. Why the Yankees still have him on the roster is another mystery, but one that they can no longer afford to try and solve as the Orioles come to the Bronx for the biggest series so far this season.
Posted: August 31, 2012 at 07:38 AM | 35 comment(s)
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