About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

7 thoughts on “We should all be so messed up.

  1. Joba can/will be good, but never great. He will have flashes of greatness which will raise expectations that he will match the magic of 2007. Good will be good enough. Yankee fans have bigger worries: Phil Hughes.

  2. I caught last night's game on MLB.TV tape delay, and the nice thing about MLB.TV is that it includes FX pitch data. The double that Young hit was on a 95 MPH fastball that painted the low inside corner of the plate. It was a heckuva pitch, and sometimes the other guy is going to hit your best fastball. Someone on the ESPN crew (Bobby Valentine, I think) said that he couldn't believe Joba threw the fastball to Young, but Joba had thrown three straight sliders to Young before the fastball.

    True, Joba walked Kinsler, and that was not a great thing, but sometimes a good pitcher is going to walk the first guy he sees. Even Mo Rivera's been known to do it, and many think he'll turn out to be OK.

    Good post, Brien. So far, Joba's pitching great.

  3. Throwing a 4 pitch walk as soon as you come out of the bullpen should not really be overlooked. Anyway, I understand why you think people should not have such animosity toward him based on his performance. I think people were mainly upset because of the implications of his appearance last night. Joba came in and blew CC's first win. If it was was 10-0 Yankees and Joba allowed the score to become 10-1, we read different stories today.

  4. Good stuff Brien. I feel like our expectations for one inning guys like Joba, Mo and Soriano can often be more unrealistic than for starters. One bad pitch or one locked in batter (like Young last night) can be overlooked for a guy pitching six innings -especially when you have a power hitting offense like the Yankees that can keep you in a game. Meanwhile, a guy pitching to three or four batters can do the same but be deemed a failure that night because of the one pitch, at bat or good hitter. Granted that is their role, but we seem to expect thes guys to be perfect every time, which is absurd.