O/U: Robertson & Rivera

Player: David Robertson
Stat: Strikeouts
The Number: 100

Report: David Robertson had a year last year that no one could ever expect. He was 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA & notched 100 K’s. Robertson is known as being a strikeout pitcher and the 4 years with the Yankees he has shown that he has the ability to strike out batters. Here’s a chart of Robertson’s strike out work over the years:

Year Games Strikeouts
2008 25 36
2009 45 63
2010 64 71
2011 70 100

The Verdict: It is almost impossible for David Robertson to duplicate his stellar 2011 season, so that is why I am going with under on the strikeout radar. I would say about 80-90 K’s in 2012.

Player: Mariano Rivera
Stat: Saves
The Number: 40

Report: Mariano Rivera is one of the best, if not the best closer in baseball, so saves seem to come naturally for Mo. In 2011, Mariano not only notched 44 saves but he became the all time saves leader with 603 saves, the most in Major League baseball. He also was able to do it with a sparkling 1.91 ERA while going 1-2 in relief appearances in 61.1 IP. This might be Mariano Rivera’s final year in Yankees pinstripes but I am sure that if it is, then Mariano will go out with a bang.

The Verdict: Mariano Rivera can go over 40 saves. He’s done it multiple times in his career. Mariano will obviously go over 40 saves if the Yankees make enough save situations for him. I also can predict another sparkling ERA & a good winning record. After all, he is Mariano Rivera.

What do you think? Do you think David Robertson will go over/under 100 strikeouts? Do you think Mariano will go over/under 40 saves? Put your thoughts in the comment section below.

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 March 16, 2012, in Player Analysis and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I agree with you Delia.
    Last Year Robertson faced something like 25 batters with the bases loaded and K’D if I remember 19.When I read that stat it blew me away.Don’t know if he can do that again.

  2. Delia – I agree on both counts.
    I love Robertson as a pitcher as he is downright nasty but striking out 100 as a RP is very hard to do and I’d bet against him duplicating that feat in 2012.

    I don’t even want to think about life without Mo as the closer – I expect him to save 40 this yr in his last season.

  3. Delia…
    Mo is Mo and there ain’t no Mo around, like him, yet.
    D-Rob as a 8th inning guy or closer is great, how long he can do what he has done…I have no idea.
    I do think, as long as his legs can handle the workload he will be ok! He puts so much work on his lower half that it takes a lot of the strane off his arm/shoulder. As a small guy (my size) he has incorporated; balance, legs, body, motion and delivery the best I have seen in many years.

    • You got that right Ken!
      DRob has impeccable mechanics and really gets the most of his ability by driving off his back leg and finishing his delivery as well as anyone I’ve ever seen.

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