Season In Review: David Robertson

Coming into the 2011 season Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman already knew the top 3 guys for the 7th, 8th & 9th inning: Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano & of course Mariano Rivera. Something had changed throughout the year and even though it looked bad, things had gotten better because of one man. Joba Chamberlain had Tommy John Surgery so he wasn’t going to be back for the rest of the year and Rafael Soriano had elbow issues which placed him on the DL. Girardi had to turn to someone in the bullpen and the man he chose was David Robertson.

Robertson in the beginning of the season was only used in the early innings when

New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson

pitchers got into trouble, but now he had to take over the roles that both Soriano and Chamberlain were given and put his talents to the test. Of course, D-Rob did not disappoint.  In 2011, Robertson had a 1.08 ERA giving up only 9 runs (8 were earned). In 66.2 innings he was 4-0, allowed 40 hits, 1 HR, 35 BB, 100K and held hitters to a .170 AVG. Robertson was one of the best relievers in the league and did more; he made the trip all the way to Arizona for the 2011 All-Star Game. I remember that game as if it was yesterday. Of course the AL lost but Robertson’s second inning was kind of un-Robertson like. He gave off a lead-off single to former teammate Lance Berkman, got a LONG fly-ball out and then had the “strike em out, throw em out” DP. The only reason I say that it was un-Robertson like was cause I wanted to see more than one strikeout. Was I being a bit too greedy there?

l. to r.: Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin & David Robertson at the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby

Anyway, Robertson took the role of 8th inning man for Soriano while he was on the DL and let’s just say when Soriano came back there was no 8th inning role for him. What was originally “Chamberlain, Soriano, Rivera” was now “Soriano, Robertson, Rivera”.

David Robertson is not only impressive on the field, but he is fantastic off the field as well. In April the horrible tornado in Alabama hit and Robertson along with his wife Erin started the “High Socks for Hope” fund, where every strikeout David gets gives $100 to the fund. By the end of the year, Robertson earned up to $10,000 after getting 100K’s. Not a bad way to end your year with 100K’s now is it?

What I look forward to in 2012 is more David Robertson, and we are all hoping that the Robertson that showed up in 2011 will show up again in 2012. If there was an award for most effective pitcher on the Yankees, my vote would go straight to this guy right here; #30, David Robertson.

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on October 20, 2011, in Season In Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. At 5’11” and 195#, some would say he was to small for the big leagues. Not so fast, most of us know a pitcher with good stuff and a so so FB (not K-Rob), who has trouble being a starter (Mo, anyone) can become a star in the BP. The word with Tom Seaver was always, “Drop and Drive”. D-Rob is a mini Tom S…his bye word is “Drop and Drive”.
    I always laugh at the experts saying, “he has good stuff but, he is to small!”, maybe they are too young to remember one of the better closers of the late ’50s and very young ’60s (for the Yanks). His name is Bobby Shantz…he was only 5’6” and 139#s…hell at 5’9″ and 172″ I was bigger then him, I like that :)…he played 16 years in the show and did a very respectable job.
    Too small, my…….!&%@#@$!

  2. Put him into the rotation next year please! He has 4 good pitches.

  3. Robertson’s season was very special.
    The yanks have had some incredible bullpens in the last 20 years but Robertson’s season as a set-up was as dominating as anyones. It reminded me of mariano’s 1996 season as Wetteland’s set-up man.

    Robertson was downright filthy!
    – 13.5 K/9
    – .169 opposition Batting Average
    – 1.08 ERA

    Those are Video Game Stats!

    He really put it all together this season. His Fastball was better than ever averaging 93.1 MPH…..1.2 MPH better than 2010. His Curveball was much more consistent and became a true knockout pitch.

    His FB and Curve were so dominating he seldom needed his Cutter or Changeup but whenever he used them, they were effective also. This is why Dan and I have tinkered with the idea of DRob as a starter. The guy clearly has the stuff with 4 Plus Offerings. He’s so good it would be nice to have him pitch 200 IP rather than 65-70.

    I think he could do it but the debacles of Joba & Hughes may scare the Yanks away. His max effort delivery and high K & Walk rates wouldnt be good as a starter as he would throw a lot of pitches. It would be interesting but I dont think it will happen. But Girardi needs to be more creative in the post-season in getting him action. The team’s best pitcher threw 2 meaningless innings in a huge 5-game Series in the Playoffs? Gotta get him involved. Ayala & Soriano combined for 6 IP while DRob & Mo threw 3 ip.

  4. A bit early to-day, aren’t you?
    K-Rob was a starter in the miners and was ok for a very few innings at a time. They (Opy?) turned him into a BP pitcher…after that, Robertson became K-Rob!
    I don’t think there is a chance in hell he will ever go back to being a starter…so I would say; I agree with you!
    I just had to make it a long winded group of non-words to agree with you! 8)

    • Not to give you are hard time but Robertson never started in the minors. He was the closer for Alabama in college. But with his stuff he can imo definitely start for the Yankees next year and be successful.

      • Dan…
        No problem at all, you were right. That may (I doubt it) teach me not to go from memory only. Thanks for the correction. 8)
        I must take issue with your contention that David could be a good starter…I think with the way he pitches (full effort at all times) he would break down or fade out. He has been throwing to many pitches per inning to go more then 3-4 innings a game.
        What thinks you?

        • I personally think that some issues that would occur are: (1) as you said Ken, the P/IP, and (2) his stamina. It’s hard to just suddenly transition a guy who has always been in relief, throwing mainly 1 inning at-a-time, to trying to throw 6 or 7 innings. It’s a whole different ballgame. Unfortunately, it’s not so simple whether his stuff would translate into a starting role. There are many other factors you have to consider.

          • No doubt about it, you have it right. I didn’t want to have the job of trying to translate what I said. I still use the words of a bye gone day.
            I always need Fishjam to translate for me but, you done did just fine! Thanks! 🙂

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