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.

Former Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos signs a minor league deal with the Dodgers

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Remember Manny Banuelos? He was once a top pitching prospect for the Yankees and then, apparently disappeared from the face of the earth. Or at least it felt like it. Now he’s in the news, however, as the Dodgers have signed him to a minor league contract.

OK, Banuelos didn’t disappear. He was traded to the Braves in 2015, had a cup of coffee with them, pitching pretty ineffectively in seven big league games, was released by Atlanta in the middle of 2016 and then latched on with the Angels. This past season he posted a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Banuelos pitched in the Future’s Game in 2009 and was a star in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. He was a top-50 prospect heading into 2011 before falling to Tommy John surgery in 2012. With Atlanta he suffered some bone spur problems and then some elbow issues that never resulted in surgery but which never subsided enough for him to fulfill his potential either. He suffered injuries. A lot of pitchers do.

It’s unrealistic to think that Banuelos will fulfill the promise he had six years ago, but he’s worth a minor league deal to see if the 26-year-old can at least be a serviceable reliever.