I would like to wish a belated happy birthday to Joba Chamberlain.
Joba seems to have turned a corner recently, finally shaking off the rust from his extended disabled list stint. He hasn’t given up an earned run in his last eight appearances and has been credited with one win and three holds in that timeframe.
With Rafael Soriano and David Robertson clearly overused and exhausted, Joba is going to play an important role down the stretch and in the playoffs. He has the freshest arm out there and plenty of experience in pressure situations. He has pitched superbly out of the bullpen in the past and the New York Yankees will need him to do so again this year if they are going to win the American League East division. I believe he can and will be a key cog in the reliever core the rest of the way.
Happy Belated Birthday, Joba.