Yankees’ David Robertson hears it from boo birds

The success rate of the best closers hovers around a 90 percent conversion mark. Fifty save opportunities would equate to 45 saves. I would imagine any number of teams would sign up for such a rate.Do closers (or other high-leverage relievers for that matter) deserve to hear the wrath of the baseball public for those times where they are not successful? Does an abundance of positive...
Via The Baseball Stance
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Do the New York Yankees now have a home-field disadvantage?

Something struck me last night when watching the Yankees-Astros game -- how quiet the ballpark was (other than the booing of David Robertson, of course!) The crowd wasn't very loud, even when the Yankees were scoring runs. And after Robertson blew the save, and after the crowd was done booing, you could have heard a pin drop for the rest of the game, it was so quiet. It was if...
Via Subway Squawkers
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

For the 20th time this year, the Yankee season is over

Remember the great Torre teams? How every night, a new guy stepped up and delivered a key hit, a shutdown inning, or a great play in the field?Girardi's Yankees are the team that always, somehow, springs a new leak.Last night, it was David Robertson, who was just starting to be appreciated. But the loss wasn't his fault. If Robby had pitched a perfect ninth, would it have...
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shane Greene dominates Tigers to keep Yankees streaking

Shane Greene’s gem was no longer under his thumb. Eight-plus innings of shutout pitching were complete and he was seated in the dugout watching David Robertson attempt to close out the meat of the Tigers’ lineup. “That’s his job,’’ Greene said of Robertson being asked to protect a one-run lead in the final inning after Ian Kinsler singled off Greene to start the ninth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Capsules

NEW YORK (AP) Shane Greene capped a series of fine starting pitching, working into the ninth inning and then watching closer David Robertson finish the New York Yankees' 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Robertson relieved after Ian Kinsler led off the ninth with a single, and he walked Victor Martinez. Robertson came back to induce pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Greene pitches into 9th to help Yankees shut down Tigers

  After seeing his Yankees rotation mates go pitch for pitch against Detroit's three Cy Young Award winners, Shane Greene was determined to match their outings. He did them all one better. Greene was lifted in the ninth inning after giving up only his fifth hit, then watched as closer David Robertson got pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play in New York'...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers fall in pitchers duel 1-0

Rick Porcello gave up an RBI ground rule double to Steven Drew in the fourth inning today as the Yankees capped a series win over the Tigers. The Yankees defeated two of the last three Cy Young award winners over the series. Drew’s double was the only extra-base hit allowed by either team today. New York closer David Robertson earned his 31st save by inducing pinch hitter Miguel...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers offense fails again in 1-0 loss to Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shane Greene capped a series of fine starting pitching, working into the ninth inning and then watching closer David Robertson get pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play as the New York Yankees edged the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Thursday. Robertson relieved after Ian Kinsler led off the ninth with a single, and he walked Victor Martinez. Robertson...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Robertson: Yankees had their chance to keep me for less money

David Robertson, who has not discussed a contract extension, said he is content to finish the season before talking to the Yankees about his future and said the team might have saved itself money had it attempted to sign the closer last winter. “I thought the calls would come but at this point right now I am going to wait and see how the season plays out,’’ Robertson said...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Yankees are the AL’s most dangerous team

Brian McCann, David Robertson Credit: Kathy Willens/AP The last time Masahiro Tanaka pitched for the New York Yankees was July 8. Since then, Tanaka has been on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn UCL. He’s on the verge of Tommy John surgery. CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova are done for the year. Anything Michael Pineda can offer is gravy but expectations are tempered. But...
Via Reading Between The Seams
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees offense provides big cushion and David Robertson, bullpen use every bit of it in 12-11 win over Texas

Tuesday night was all lined up to be one of the Yankees’ best wins of the season. By the ninth inning, it looked like it might be their worst loss. The Bombers exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning, then survived a bullpen meltdown for a nail-biting 12-11 win over the Rangers. “It was a strange game, but it’s great to get out of here with a win,” Joe Girardi said...
Via Pro Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Offense Saves Bullpen After Disastrous Performance

If Tuesday’s win wasn’t the ugliest win this season for the New York Yankees, it’s definitely in the competition. In his post-game interview on the YES Network, David Robertson said, "I feel like the luckiest guy in the world right now." Robertson gave up two ninth inning runs and still managed to get the save. It's easy to believe his fellow relievers felt...
Via Lady At The Bat
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Trade Rumors: Face Crossroads at Deadline, Likely Scenarios

The New York Yankees are perfectly mediocre. Sitting at 47-47 more than halfway through the season, New York sits in third place right in the middle of the AL  East facing a trade deadline two weeks away generally used as the barometer for where teams find themselves in terms of competing for the remainder of the year. It’s widely known the Yankees have lost four out of its five...
Via Baseball News Source
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

OJTB Yankees Spotlight: RHP David Robertson

With RHP Mariano Rivera’s retirement at the end of last season, RHP David Robertson was in a tough spot. He was, after all, replacing arguably the greatest closer in the history of baseball. To the delight of the Yankees and their fans, Robertson has thrived in his new role. At the All-Star Break, Robertson has converted 23 of his 25 save opportunities. Getty Images Robertson,...
Via One Jet At A Time
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Robertson saves Yankees’ big win over AL East- leading Blue Jays, 5-3

David Robertson hadn’t pitched in a week, so Joe Girardi knew he was going to get his closer into Wednesday night’s game regardless of the score. It was a good thing Robertson was well-rested. Girardi needed a five-out save from Robertson, who answered the call to seal a much-needed 5-3 win over the Blue Jays as the Yankees avoided being swept in the three-game set at Rogers...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

After 18 Saves, Taking Stock Of Yankees' David Robertson

When David Robertson took the mound last night for his 20th save opportunity, it was his first appearance in a week.  Robertson showed no signs of rust as he completed a five-out save, his 18th, securing a salvage of the Yankees' final game of their latest series in Toronto. While we're not quite at the season's halfway mark, now is as good a time as any to take stock...
Via Lady At The Bat
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Betances the true heir to Rivera?

After going a perfect 9-for-9 in save chances to start the season, New York Yankees closer David Robertson has now blown two saves in his last six appearances, with an ERA of 11.81 and a batting average against of .308. Could the recent struggles have manager Joe Girardi pondering a ninth inning change? As Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star-Ledger reports, Dellin Betances and his...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Single-minded Yankees roll past Cardinals

A laugher suddenly wasn’t so funny for manager Joe Girardi and the Yankees Wednesday night. An early seven-run bulge was whittled to four and the Cardinals had a runner on second with two outs in the eighth. Knowing a loss would have crushed his club, Girardi summoned David Robertson from the bullpen in a non-save situation and asked the closer for four outs. After giving up...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Robertson earns 8th save as Yankees top Pirates in opener

Mariano who? David Robertson earned a four-out save to preserve the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Pirates in the first game of their doubleheader Sunday in The Bronx. It was the Yankees’ fourth straight win, Robertson’s eighth save in as many chances and his second straight four-out save since taking over for the retired Mariano Rivera this season. The Yankees looked as if they...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

New-look Yankees off to early division lead

Since opening day, the New York Yankees have been surrounded by a rash of injuries and the everyday pressures that remain a constant in the life of a franchise in the Big Apple. But through the first 25 games of the regular season, the partially retooled Bombers have shown serious potential on their way to an early lead atop the American League East. At the end of Tuesday’s action...
Via Sports-Glory
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Robertson survives scare against Angels to earn save for Yankees

David Robertson had his hands full trying to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning against the heart of the Angels lineup — and that was before he had to get Albert Pujols out twice. The new Yankees closer needed 26 pitches to get through the ninth inning of Saturday’s 4-3 win, finally striking out Howie Kendrick on a full-count fastball. To add to the drama, with Mike...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Ride Unexpected Heroes to Crucial Win

It should come as no surprise that the New York Yankees beat the strong bats of the Los Angeles Angels. What is a surprise are the heroes behind the win: John Ryan Murphy, who provided all three of the teams rib eyes, and David Robertson, who kept a one-run lead safe in the ninth inning, despite having to face two of the league’s hottest hitters, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols....
Via YanksinExile.com
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees' David Robertson (strained groin) returns today

The New York Yankees (11-8) activated closer David Robertson from the disabled list today, reports Spencer Fordin of  MLB.com, and outrighted left-hander Cesar Cabral to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. During the two weeks that Robertson was unavailable, manager Joe Girardi mostly called on Shawn Kelly to finish games, with Tommy Hunter, David Phelps, Edward Mujica, and Adam...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees activate David Robertson off 15-day DL

As expected, the Yankees have activated closer David Robertson off the 15-day DL, the team announced. He missed the minimum 15 days with a groin strain. Robertson threw in the bullpen last week and pitched in an Extended Spring Training game over the weekend. Bryan Mitchell was returned to Double-A Trenton yesterday to clear a roster spot. The Yankees also announced that lefty Cesar...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

David Robertson Expected to be Activated Today

David Robertson has never averaged under 10.4 K/9 in his six-year career. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Yankees closer, David Robertson is healthy and ready to go. The team has made room for Robertson on the roster by optioning Bryan Mitchell back to Double-A Trenton. The 29-year-old reliever has been on the shelf with groin strain since April 7th. He pitched in an extended spring...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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