Difficult day to do any baseball related web surfing. As predicted, Joba’s start is being criticized as a failure, despite him pitching relatively well. 2 1/3 innings, 1 ER, 3Ks, too many walks, but no big hits. Not a bad beginning. The walks were his biggest problem (obviously) but primarily because he was on a pitch count. Roy Halladay didn’t pitch better in his first 2 1/3 innings. The difference is of course, Halladay is on no pitch count.
Joba’s short night was (and still is) headline material on espn.com, and one article on him claims he had to be removed after a “mere 62 pitches.” His pitch limit going in was 65. He could have been working on a perfect game and he still would have been removed. ESPN, however, is acting like he was knocked out early due to ineffectiveness. Yeah, it would have been nice if he could have kept his pitch count low and gone a full 3 or into the 4th, but it didn’t happen that way. Doesn’t mean he didn’t pitch well.
Look on the bright side though: if that was a BAD outing… well, his good outings will be phenomanal.
One other funny story from last night: I never read ESPN message boards. And I mean never. But last night I couldn’t resist clicking on “Discuss Joba’s first start.” Of course, it contained comments bashing the Yankees; that much I expect. One of the comments I found particularly funny though, said (paraphrasing) “I can’t believe all the hoopla over this. This is why people hate the Yankees. Not because they win.”
Um… well all that “hoopla” is not coming from Yankee fans, it’s coming from the media and the Yankee haters like you who sit and comment on message boards. Yankee fans would be attending and watching the game either way.