Saturday, May 2, 2009

Moving Joba Chamberlain to the Bullpen Makes No Sense



Since Hughesus return on Tuesday, countless fans, analysts, and talking heads have called for Chamberlain to return to the bullpen. After all, with Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, Wang, and Hughes in the rotation, the Yankees are set. How can you not be excited about this rotation?

Sabathia - 4.73 ERA, 1.39 WHIP
Burnett - 5.40 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
Pettitte - 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
Wang - 34.50 ERA, 4.83 WHIP
Hughes - 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP

The Yankees starters have posted a stellar 5.52 ERA this season - take Chamberlain's line out, and it jumps to 6.03!

All kidding aside, the Yankees pitching has been quite poor thus far. However, whereas the bullpen has been showing signs of improvement, the rotation has continued to battle inconsistency - Pettitte's last start was poor, as were Burnett's last two, and Sabathia's last start was solid, but he has done little to instill confidence. Weakening the rotation to bolster the bullpen makes no sense whatsoever - especially considering the questionable status of Chien-Ming Wang.