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.