D-Rob saves 1st game post-Rivera

David Robertson saved his first game in the post-Mariano Rivera world and it was in classic D-Rob fashion.

It wasn’t exactly pretty, but Robertson showed off why he is called Houdini, loading up the bases before striking out the final two batters to end the game. It’s almost like he needs the situation to be as high-leverage as possible before he really turns his game up.

“There’s a lot of innings he also goes 1, 2, 3,” Yankees manage Joe Girardi told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “It seems that a lot of the bases-loaded jams are ones that I’ve brought him into, not necessarily ones that he’s created himself. I think as time goes on he’ll get more and more comfortable. Obviously the first one at home, people are used to seeing Mo come out, but I’m sure there were some nerves. He didn’t show it, but I’m sure he’ll get more comfortable as time goes on.”

The Yankees are in good hands with Robertson. Some people didn’t like that his inning was shaky, but that’s how he has operated all season long (0.00 ERA in 2012) and all last season (1.08 ERA in 2011) and things worked out pretty well for him. The 9th inning might be new for him, but getting the job done isn’t. I think people are making too big a deal about the switch to the 9th.

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2 Responses to D-Rob saves 1st game post-Rivera

  1. Bronx_Knight says:

    Robertson is an awesome pitcher, but the question is whether he can be efficient enough to be an effective closer long-term. One of the things that makes Mariano extraordinary is his efficiency: Mariano has pin-point precision, and can throw strikes at will. Because of his unique cutter, Mariano DOES throw strikes at will, because he's almost unhittable. The end result is that Mo has plenty of 9-pitch innings. This makes it easy for Mo to pitch every night without getting burned out.

    "Houdini" Robertson is the opposite: not very efficient. Last night's 25-pitch ninth was high, but not unusual for D-Ro. If Robertson is really going to make it as a closer, he is going to have to learn how to "ramp it up" from the get go — without loading the bases first.

  2. Matt_DC says:

    Memories of Righetti and John Wetteland. If David pulls the Houdini act in the ninth all the time my hair will be white by August