That is the only proper conclusion that can be drawn from the astounding poll that I found over at DailyNews.com. Just to set the stage, Joba Chamberlain had his second consecutive solid outing yesterday, going 3 innings and allowing 2 hits, 1 BB, no runs, while striking out 3. Mark Feinsand then penned an excellent article and accompanying blog post discussing the Yankees staunch position on Joba as a starter, with Dave Eiland stating the following:
“I understand that (other) side of the argument,” Eiland said. “There’s no denying what he did out of the pen. Could we put him back there right now and have him do the same thing? Sure. But power guys don’t come around that often with the four pitches that he has. When they do, they’re in a rotation somewhere – usually in the top three spots.”
The title of the article, Case Closed, is sadly not the case, as evidenced by the poll that inspired this post:
Where would you rather see Joba Chamberlain?
Bullpen, he and Mo would be unstoppable 67%
Starting rotation, he’s got ace potential 33%
The choices are clear cut, and the casual fan would rather the 8th inning guy than the ace. This is likely due to the media driving the idea that Joba belongs in the bullpen into the heads of every fan who cares enough to listen. It is just sad.
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