Another promising start for Joba yesterday; outside of one hanging slider hit for a homerun, it was a strong outing. He cut down his walks and continued to strike out more than a batter an inning.
It is funny however, how much the final outcome of the game impacts the way Joba’s start is viewed. In Joba’s first start, the Yankees ended up getting beat pretty badly and thus all the stories about the game spoke of Joba’s failure. Joba’s second start was described as a big improvement, however it really was pretty much on par with his first start; the biggest difference is the Yankees won.
Also worth noting was the great relief job done by Dan Giese. At a time when the Yankee middle relief is in flux, Giese has a chance to carve himself out a job. Ohlendorf should be moved to a 7th innning role, rather than that of longman, so Giese could fill it nicely.