Should Joba be in playoff rotation?

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Joba Chamberlain was pounded for
seven runs over three innings against the Mariners on Sunday afternoon,
prompting many to ask if he deserves to be in the Yankees rotation
should they reach the ALCS.
Joe Girardi still thinks so, at least for now:



“We expect Joba
to be our fourth starter, we do. It is concerning, because we want him
feeling really good about himself going into the postseason.”




There’s a real belief that this
whole “Joba rules” thing has actually had a negative effect on his
performance. Chamberlain is 1-4 with an 8.25 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over his
last nine starts — he has logged just 36 innings — or an average of
four innings per start — in that time. He has two more chances to get
it in gear, with the second-place Red Sox on the docket this weekend
and the Rays on tap during the season’s final week.

Sean Manaea pitches the first no-hitter of 2018

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Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.

Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.

Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.

Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.