2009: David Robertson was called up on April 16th, 2009 before the Yankees 1st series in the New Yankee Stadium and saw some action in a 10-2 loss (2IP 2 Hits 3 Ks), but all Robertson was really expected to be was a clean up guy who would come in during blowout wins or losses to eat up innings. During his first 2 months with the Yankees Robinson was mainly only used in losses, and didn’t get to much of a chance to pitch in any important situations. He wound up finishing the 1st half of the season with a 3.57 ERA with 34 K and 16 BB in 22.2 IP, and he only got into 9 games in which the Yankees won.
The second half of the season saw Robertson getting many more meaningful appearances and Robertson lived up to the challenge. In his 21 appearances after the all star break fifteen were Yankee victories and he tallied five holds after having no holds in the first half of the season. An important change to Robertson’s game that helped him succeed in the second half was his control. Robertson had some control issues in the 1st half of the season and had an average K/BB ratio of 2/1, but in the second half Robertson turned it around and put up a K/BB ratio of 4/1. He proved to the Yankees he was a trustworthy reliever and was added to the postseason roster even after late season arm troubles. He only go into five postseason games but register two victories and didn’t allow a run in 5.1 IP.
2009 Regular Season Totals: App 2-1 W-L 43.2 IP 5 Holds 1 SV 63 K 23 BB 3.30 ERA
2010: This season will be a make it or break it season for Robertson as he gets ready for a large roll in the Yankee bullpen. Who ever loses out in the Joba/Hughes battle will take the 8th inning and Robertson will share that 6th-7th inning roll with Damaso Marte. Even though Robertson is a righty he has shown to pitch very well against lefties which makes him a very valuable late inning reliever. He will have to continue his level of performance from the second half of last season if he wants to really be noticed and make a big name for himself. Robertson has all of the pieces to be a big time RP now he has to put it all together and display it on the field.
Personally I have a very high opinion on Robertson. I see the way he put his control together last season and with his fastball which is not overly fast but seems to deceive batters he can be dominant. I am not suggesting this for the Yankees since it sounds crazy when you try to convince yourself anyone can take Mariano Rivera’s place but David Robertson has closer potential. His strikeout numbers last season were well over one strikeout per IP and if his control is really like what he did in the second half of 2009 he could make it as a closer. In my opinion the Yankees have a relief gem in Robertson and should hold on tight and see where his potential can go.
2010 Regular Season Prediction: 62 App 6-3 W-L 68 IP 18 Holds 3 SV 94 K 28 BB 2.84 ERA
**Did You Know?**
**David Robertson’s Career Minor League Numbers- 12-6 (No starts) 152.2 IP 215 K 61 BB 1.30 ERA**