Anyone who follows the Yankees closely will be shocked if Joba isn't in the rotation later this year.
The arguments in this thread have been beaten to death on the cafe. On one side, is the fact that he is best setup guy the Yankees have and they need him for the eighth or they will lose a lot of late games. On the other side is that you can find someone for the eighth and a dominate 4 pitch guy has to be a starter to get maximum value of the most innings pitched. (which by the way, is the side I'm on.)
Whichever side you personally feel is correct, the Yankees have consistantly made statements that they beleive he has to have a shot to start. Which is why those of us who follow the Yankees closely are expecting him to start.
The Cow wrote:Based on Hank Steinbrenner's comments there is no way Joba stays in the pen all year. ...
I think this is the real driving force that will put Joba into rotation this season. Hank is really shaping up to be like the early version of Steinbrenner Sr. ...
I kind of disagree with this statement. I don't see Hank like George. George was bluster and action. Unfortunately for the Yankees, that action was often not very smart. Hank seems to be bluster and retreat. Hank says something then takes it back. For example, when he said Joba in the rotation NOW, he later said Joba in the rotation based on the plan of his baseball people.
As has been discussed in other threads, I'm one of the Yankee fans here who are pretty happy with the direction of the Yankees front office under Hank/Cash/Joe G. Now given the way the team is playing, it could always blow up with Hank becoming the George of old. But right now at least it doesn't seem to be headed that way. Which to me is a good thing.