Joba Chamberlain has a 1-3 record with a 7.96 ERA and has allowed 37 hits and 17 walks over 26 innings during his past six starts.
After last night there has been no real sign that he will get better anytime soon. Of course, eventually he’ll find his way out of, we’ll call it a funk, that he’s in, but as of right now he looks completely lost.
This streak comes right on the heels of some of Joba’s best performances of the season. His previous streak lasted just three starts, but he was lights out. During those games he threw 21.2 innings, allowed just eight hits, eight walks, and struck out 19.
So we’ve just recently seen what he’s capable of, but it’s safe to say that he’s getting worse and not better as the season goes on. Maybe he’s hit a wall or maybe he needs to take a lesson from Andy Pettitte, who by the way has to figure out a way to last more than four innings tonight.
Pettitte is not going to last forever in pinstripes. Hell, he might even be gone after this season.
But if Pettitte can figure out a way to make some of his veteran craftyness ruboff on young Joba then he should. Over his past seven starts, in contrast with how he was earlier in the season, Pettitte is 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA and he has gone from just-nice-to-have-you-back to thank-god-he’ll-be-the-number-two-in-October.
Pettitte has always been this way, a strong second half performer. Maybe it’s just the way his body reacts to the season or maybe it’s his way of adjusting to hitters as the season goes on that does it. But I can’t help but think Joba could learn a thing or two from this guy. Pettitte should be passing this stuff down to him the way Roger Clemens, (defamation suit just thrown out btw), helped him change his career (sans juice).
Either way, when you tune into tonight’s game, you will see the difference experience makes. Joba has non and it shows and Pettitte doesn’t even pick it up when it’s laying on the sidewalk.