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Its time to make a switch

July 27, 2009

The Bronx Bombers are flying high, and players, management, and fans are all happy at the moment.  The first place Yanks are 2 and a half games in front of their arch rivals, Boston Red Sox.  Although Boston holds an 8 games to none advantage over the Yanks this year, the Red Sox still trail.  The teams have 10 games left against each other, and it is unlikely that the Red Sox will continue to steamroll the Bronx Bombers.  The biggest story revolving around New York has been their productive pitching as of late.  Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, and Chamberlain have been great in the starting rotation, and Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, and Mariano Rivera have been lights out in the bullpen.  As we near the latter part of the season, the biggest question that arises is what to do with Joba Chamberlain.  Brian Cashman has stated that Chamberlain will not throw more than 160 innings this season.  He is on pace to hit that before the end of the regular season.  I truly believe that Joba Chamberlain should be placed back in the bullpen.  Since he has so much experience now throwing 100 pitches a game, he will be good for the 7th and 8th innings.  Phil Hughes has been very impressive in the bullpen, and I think he is mature enough to join the starting rotation again.  I think the Yankees will be even better inserting Hughes in the number four slot behind Sabathia, Burnett, and Pettitte.  Chamberlain in the 7th and 8th, and Mo to seal the deal in the 9th.  That sounds like a team to be reckoned with…



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