The Yanks had to bring in a middle reliever before the fifth inning again. In turn, this reliever is going to probably have problems not giving up runs and the game is going to get even more out of hand. Even if he does a good job, the long-term effect of continually having to bring in pitchers like him will be bad. Think the Mets of last September.
For all the talk of how perfect Joba is as the set-up man this season, his greatest value may be in stabilizing this starting rotation. The Yanks need more quality pitched innings in order to using up the pitchers on their staff. They also need better pitched games. Duh.
Joba needs to start, and he needs to start soon.
Or we can all go to our Aaron Small shrines, and watch as the Yanks sign Andy Hawkins–luring him from retirement–and hope for the best.