After a weekend of book sneak-peeks that made me equally disappointed and disgusted, I'm chomping at the bit for some real baseball "stuff". Anything really that discusses the on-field product for this coming season.
So when I noticed this article about Joba's predicted 2009 innings, I couldn't help but consider it a beacon that Spring Training is indeed less than three weeks away. I can't wait. This comes from MLBTradeRumors.com leader Tim Dierkes' article on RotoAuthority:
I asked eleven of my favorite baseball writers to predict Chamberlain's 2009 regular season Major League innings total. Here are the results:
The average comes to 142.9 innings.
- Will Carroll, Baseball Prospectus: 175
- Peter Abraham, The Lohud Journal: 160
- Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports: 155
- Peter Gammons, ESPN: 145
- Joe Pawlikowski, River Ave. Blues: 142
- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN: 142
- Ken Davidoff, Newsday: 141.6
- Rick Wilton, Baseball Injury Report: 140
- Rob Neyer, ESPN: 137.6
- Keith Law, ESPN: 125
- Jon Heyman, SI: 109
I continue to maintain that Joba's got the most value for the Yanks as a starter, at least until Mo retires. Then, if Joba's still struggling to maintain a 200 inning workload at that point, he could be transitioned into Mo's replacement (unless there's some kid --Melancon?-- who identifies himself as the heir apparent).