Well, Joba continues to struggle, having given up runs in 7 of his 11 appearances (which are often less than one inning, to boot), including a bomb last night.
Do Yankess fans have any confidence that he just needs more time, or do you have to shit can him at this point/move him to only mop-up and low leverage situations? I mean 20 baserunners (16 hits and 4 walks) in just over 7 innings is not cutting it coming down the stretch in a pennant race...
It's a process for Joba. He has been horrible, of course, but he has shown improvement in his last two appearances. He had 2 Ks in a scoreless inning of a 5-2 loss to Tampa on Tuesday (11 pitches, hit 97 on the gun). Last night, 2 Ks, 1 hit (homer by Reynolds) in 1.2 innings (23 pitches).
Baseball people tend to look at recent appearances more than overall numbers. They do it all the time with minor leaguers.
I haven't given up on Joba but he sure has sucked until these past two efforts. His command of the slider has been better, and his velocity is good. I think it's all about the slider for Joba. If he can command his slider low and away, then the fastball is more effective.