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Once again, it was a nice performance by Joba Chamberlain last night in Houston.
Pete Abraham has Chamberlain's post-game interview while David Pinto explains why Joba belongs in the starting rotation.
Damon's comments aside, most people know that a good starter is worth more than a good reliever, even a good closer.
The question has always been whether Joba can be as good as a starter as he was as a reliever. I think the answer will ultimately be yes, particularly because he has multiple good pitches. Although I did wonder in Spring Training when joba started pitching much better when he was officially designated for a relief role.
12.3IP 12H 6R(4ER) 1HR 9BB 10K 2.84 ERA
23.2IP 16H 6R(6ER) 1HR 11BB 30K 2.28 ERA
Yeah, the conversion has really hurt him. Actually the best news from last night's game is the two-inning masterpiece of Jose Veras, who could possibly shut up the mouth-breathers for a while if he continues a top-notch relief effort. Roughly half of Veras' peformance this season has come in "Late&Close" scenarios, and in those hitters are:
32 PA, .154/.290/.154
Compared to: 75 PA, .191/.257/.279 overall.
OK you damn kids, get off the lawn!
I expect a years worth of experience will make him a very different pitcher. He has great stuff, but is still figuring out how to apply it. Once he AND the catcher have a definite game plan, I think he will be awesome!
Veras was exceptional.
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