This is what I think the Yanks should do to appease all the critics who believe Joba should pitch the 8th inning: At the beginning of the game, put Joba in right and have Bobby Abreu pitch to the first batter. After the first batter, have Joba come in for innings 1 through 6. For the last out of the 6th, replace Bobby Abreu with a pitcher from the bullpen. The reliever than switches positions with Joba, taking over mound duties for the 7th. After the 7th, switch Joba’s and the reliever’s positions. Bring in Shelley Duncan to play right field for the reliever. Joba then pitches the 8th, and we have our set-up guy back.
I recall Davey Johnson doing something like this in the 80’s. In any case, this is basically the dream I had last night.
Hey now! So there was a game last night. It’s going to be analyzed. I’m off to work, but you can use this space below to share your thoughts about Joba’s starting debut. My instant take: What I expected. Analyze away.