Reading the latest article from Matt about Joba Chamberlain and his demise after his stellar start, I was inspired to write this..
Both “King” Felix Hernandez and Joba “Rules” Chamberlain have had their share of ups and downs. Over his career, Felix has had seasons in which the Mariners organization has held him back. Last year they FINALLY let him go. He went 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA and 217 strikeouts. That stellar 2009 was good enough to make him an allstar and finish second after (the UNDESERVING) Zach Greinke in the AL Cy Young Award voting. He also got a few votes for AL MVP. He placed 26th in that race. Basically, he was KING Felix Hernandez all of last year and is continuing that persona into the 2010 season.
Joba Chamberlain came up in 2007 and was Joba the phenom. in 24 innings, 34 strikeouts with a WHIP of .750 and a MICROSCOPIC ERA with 0.38!!! He was the single greatest relief pitcher in the game, or so we thought going into the 2008 season. Then along came the Steinbrenner-Imposed Starter making Era. OY-MY GOD-VAY. the next two seasons were straight downhill for Joba. A 13-9 record over two seasons is a good example of the wrong-doing of the Yankees organization.
I think that the Yankees should have followed suit with Don Wakamatsu’s Mariners and let Joba go off on a tear to become the starter he can be.