It didn’t take long for David Robertson to remind Yankees fans that Mariano Rivera is not around anymore as he blew a save and lost the game against the Rays Wednesday night in just his second save opportunity since taking over for the future Hall of Famer.
D-Rob took over with a slim 1-0 lead and then allowed back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases before a sac fly to B.J. Upton tied the game and a three-run home run by Matt Joyce gave up the game.
“Eventually, I’m not going to be able to get all of my messes that I create,” Robertson told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “It was really tough. Just a sad way to end the game. … It’s going to happen. You’re going to lose games. It’s the worst feeling in the world. Mo does it, he comes back the next day and he’s the same guy. He goes right back out there and does his thing. I’m going to have to do that tomorrow.”
Immediate fan reaction was panic, but that they need to be more patient. Sure, there is more pressure in the 9th inning, but a lot of that comes from the situation and the fact that he is taking over for Mo. It kind of puts him in the spotlight in a big way. However, he’s too good and once he settles into this situation his skills will take over and he’ll be just as dominant in the 9th as he was the 8th.
Make no mistake, life after Rivera will be different, it will be harder. However, the biggest impact will be felt in the 6th and 7th innings as Robertson has got the back end of the bullpen settled.