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JobaCongrats.jpgThe Yankees won, the Red Sox lost. The deficit is again only 1 game in the loss column.

Today's game was really a showcase for Brian Cashman. The offense was provided by an unheralded trade made prior to the deadline, Jose Molina. The pitching star was Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees threw out the "Joba Rules" again, pitching him on only 1 day rest, bringing him in the middle of an inning, with the tying runs on base. The kid dominated, striking out 3 in 1.1 innings of work and nailing down the first save of his big league career.

I would be derelict in my duties if I didn't give a huge tip of my cap to Mike Mussina. The Yankees needed length out of Mussina today, after back-to-back extra inning games on Friday and Saturday. Moose hung in there after giving up 3 early runs and kept the score right there through 7. A true yeoman effort for the emotionless wonder.

I'd like to go back to Joba for a second. I've updated the graphic on the right side of the page, take a second and look at Joba's numbers since joining the team. They're amazing, no doubt. Now, take a second and think about the type of situations he's been brought into. Every time, the game is on the line. Every time they've needed him to keep the score where it is. Every time, he has. He's been nothing short of amazing, and the Yankees are 13-2 in games that he has pitched in. Amazing.

The Yankees insist Joba will be in the rotation next year, and maybe he will be. If it were up to me, he'd be right back in this role next season, and take over the reigns from Mariano the following year. You don't find guys with the stuff and the intestinal fortitude to thrive in the late innings, with the game on the line, very often. He's got both attributes, in spades.

Player of The Game: Jose Molina, 3 for 4, 3 RBI.
by Brian on Sep 23 2007
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