Let’s discuss (the world’s most debated) pitcher Joba Chamberlain, who once again was awful on Wednesday. There’s no disputing he’s been bad lately, his ERA since July 31st is around 7.50. So I want to get a conversation going where we can all offer up our theories as to what’s going on with him and see if we can come to some consensus.
Here’s a few explanations of my own to start with:
-He hit the wall in August, which is coincidentally (or not) when he passed his previous career high in innings (118) from college his days.
-The Joba Rules screwed him up. With the extra rest between outings and the short starts, he simply hasn’t been able to get in a groove.
-He’s just not physically conditioned enough to be consistently good and/or his stamina is more suited to relieve than start.
-It’s the ’sophomore jinx’ that affects many 2nd year pitchers, which is another way of saying the league caught up with him and he needs to make adjustments.
-He’s better suited to be a reliever in his temperament, therefore he’ll never be a good starter.
-It’s a statistical aberration caused by the Joba Rules (see below)
-Nothing’s wrong, he’s just a young pitcher learning his craft.
Here’s his game log from this season to get some facts on the table. Our Rebecca is in the camp that thinks he hit the wall innings-wise. I don’t disagree, but that’s difficult to prove since it was right around the same time that they altered his schedule. Also arguing against the ‘hit a wall’ theory is the good start he just had last week, showing good velocity and good stuff. If he was physically spent I don’t think that would happen.
If you’ve listen to Joba being interviewed at all this year, he constantly refers to ‘rhythm’. Getting in a good rhythm, getting in a groove. When he’s throwing the ball well, you can tell right away. He’s working fast and not shaking the Catcher off much. That would argue that the Joba Rules are to blame. Screwed up his routine, and now he just can’t get in a groove. Pitchers are creatures of habit. Mussina hated having an extra day off between starts, and felt it caused his command to be off. Joba said after last night’s game that he “couldn’t command his fastball all night. Is that excuse making, or a legitimate reason?
I’ve also never been sold on his level of conditioning. We know he’s had weight issues in the past, and he still looks soft to me. He fancies himself as a Roger Clemens-type pitcher, but Roger’s workout regimen was legendary. This argues for Rebecca’s theory about him simply being out of gas.
Let me throw this out there as well. Maybe it’s all simply a statistical aberration caused by the Joba Rules. Many good pitchers will give up runs early, only to settle down and roll off 4-5 scoreless frames. But with the Joba Rules limiting him 3-4 inning stints, he hasn’t had a chance do that, causing his ERA over that time to balloon.
So there’s something to get us started. But don’t be confined to my explanations. If you have one of your own, I’d love to hear it. Give my your theory as to why he’s been so bad in August and September, to the point that they’re seriously considering leaving him off the post season roster.
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