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David Robertson’s woes a worry for Yankees

Sep 19, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

David Robertson AP

With Rafael Soriano and left fielder Ichiro Suzuki combining to bail him out of an eighth-inning jam, David Robertson didn’t take his fourth loss in his last 10 appearances today in the first game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays.  He came pretty close, though.

Robertson gave up hits to four of the six batters he faced and allowed two runs while getting two outs today. His struggles forced the Yankees to bring in their closer in the eighth, something they certainly didn’t want to do in the first of two games on the day.

Now they’ll enter the second game versus Toronto with their closer having already thrown 23 pitches today and the setup man 26, making one wonder how they might deal with a late lead should one arise.

Robertson, who is 1-7 on the year, has allowed seven runs in nine innings this month. On the plus side, it’s not due to walks, which were an early career problem for him. In fact, he has an 11/0 K/BB ratio in September. He also has a fine 2.98 ERA for the season. He is getting hit, though. He’s given up five homers and 50 hits in 54 1/3 innings this season. Last year, he allowed one homer and 40 hits in 66 2/3 innings.

Yankees pitchers are pretty much conditioned to go seven innings a start. In fact, Yankees starters have recorded a total of one out after the seventh inning this month (Phil Hughes went 7 1/3 innings against Boston last week). Robertson is going to be a very important piece in any deep run into the postseason. Nothing in the way he’s throwing suggests that he can’t bounce back, but if he doesn’t, the Bombers are going to have problems.

  1. djpostl - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    His pitch selection today was utter shit. Whether this is all on him, Martin, the Yankees “game plan” on how to attack hitters can be debated, but he didn’t keep Jays hitters very honest today by mixing it up.

    He goes out some times and just completely abandons his best pitch, the curveball. Today was no different.

    Steady supply of cutters, handful of curves.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      He goes out some times and just completely abandons his best pitch, the curveball. Today was no different.

      Game theory. If hitters know your best pitch is a curveball, and expect the curveball, throw a fastball. Unfortunately you still need to throw one or two to keep the hitters honest.

      As I mentioned in the other thread, I wonder if he’s still hurt.

      • djpostl - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:47 AM

        Hitters can “expect” one all day but if you mix your pitches up & use a decent sequence their timing is still shot to shit.

        But I get what you’re saying.

    • jolink653 - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      His location is way off on almost all his pitches…Martin sets up inside and Robertson hits the outside corner or leaves the ball up on the outside part of the plate and vice versa…It just seems like he has no idea which pitches are going where, a lot of his pitches are up/hittable rather than down, and whether it’s that he’s still hurt or he’s just in a funk this year, Girardi cannot keep running him out there as his 8th inning guy or bringing him into close games in big spots

  2. ericellers - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    He has been shaky to say the least? Can’t put it on Martin cause Russ did a good job last season calling him? This I’d imagine is all Robertson . I am never confident when he takes the mound as of late or the last few months to be certain.

  3. pisano - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    ericellers… I feel the same as you, but I’m afraid the alternative will be Joba,and he scares the hell out of me.

  4. bigharold - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    He’s been erratic since his kid was born. Perhaps he should be encouraged to have additional blessed events in the off season?

  5. thatyankeedude - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    He needs a break. Get him some vacation time and let him get his head right.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Girardi is gonna keep plugging him out there in the 9th inning to give up leads. You can tell he’s pitching with no confidence, outings like today aren’t helping. And like several people have mentioned- where did that great curveball go???

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