Description: Yankees closer David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 38th save of the season.
Insight: He allowed one walk, but struck out one, to shut the door on Toronto. Robertson now owns a 2.79 ERA, and has been a solid replacement for the great Mariano Rivera.
9/13/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Orioles on Saturday to record his 36th save of the season.
Insight: Robertson has pitched great filling in for Mariano Rivera. Robertson has blown just three out of 39 save opportuntities, has a 2.64 ERA, and 86 strikeouts in 58 innings.
8/4/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson reached 30 saves for the first time in his career Monday against the Tigers.
Insight: Just 14 30-save seasons to go before tying Mariano Rivera. In all seriousness, Robertson has done a great job filling Rivera's shoes this season -- he's posted a 2.68 ERA, blown just two saves and struck out a ridiculous 71 batters in 43 2/3 innings (14.63 K/9).
5/26/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the 12th inning Monday against St. Louis after Derek Jeter made a throwing error, but he still locked down his 11th save of the season.
Insight: Robertson blew his first save of the season on Friday against the White Sox but has bounced back with two saves and five strikeouts in his last two games. He has a 2.40 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP this season.
4/22/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson (groin) has been activated from the disabled list and will assume the closer role.
Insight: Robertson has two saves in three appearances this season. Shawn Kelley's fantasy value takes a big hit as he returns to setup duty. He did earn four saves while Robertson was out.
4/16/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson (groin) is scheduled to throw off a mound Thursday, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Insight: Robertson is eligible to return on April 22 and plans to be activated on that date. Shawn Kelley has saved three games in his absence.
4/9/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson (groin) threw from flat ground Wednesday, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Insight: Robertson is eligible to return on April 22 and should be ready to be activated then unless he suffers a setback with his Grade 1 groin strain. Shawn Kelley will get most of the save chances in his absence.
4/7/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.
Insight: It's uncertain who the Yankees will go with at closer now that Robertson is out. Shawn Kelley pitched a 1-2-3 ninth on Monday afternoon and is a strikeout-an-inning guy. On the other hand, Matt Thornton has closing experience from his time with the White Sox. Manager Joe Girardi should make a decision shortly.
1/22/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner declared David Robertson the closer on Wednesday.
Insight: Mariano Rivera retired at the end of the 2013 season, and it was assumed that Robertson would succeed him but GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi have avoided naming him the closer. Steinbrenner did what they wouldn't do Wednesday. "We are going to continue to look, but no doubt we have already spent a lot of money this offseason," Steinbrenner said. "I have a lot of confidence in Robertson and so does (Girardi). Robertson is going to be our closer, and I believe he will do a good job. We have done a lot to improve our team and we just have to understand that you cannot be perfect everywhere."
11/12/2013 9:19:00 PM
Description: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday that the team hasn't decided that David Robertson is a lock to be its closer next season.
Insight: Mariano Rivera retired at the end of the 2013 season, and it was assumed that Robertson would succeed him. However, the Yankees aren't going to just hand him the job. "I'm not sure if Robertson is capable yet. He's never done that before," Cashman said. "I think he's earned the right to take a shot at it, and he very well may be the guy. But we're not anointing him the guy. We'll wait to see how our winter plays out and how spring training works out. Then Joe (Girardi) and Larry (Rothschild) will determine at some point at the end of spring training who our closer is." Robertson has struck out 258 batters and posted a 1.91 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 193 2/3 innings the last three seasons as New York's eight-inning man, so he shouldn't have an issue making the transition.
9/28/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Fantasy owners got a glimpse of the future as Yankees reliever David Robertson picked up a save Friday against the Astros.
Insight: With Mariano Rivera retiring after this season, Robertson will assume the closer role for the Yankees next season. While he has big shoes to fill, he should be able to post solid numbers and will be one of the top-10 closers off the board.
9/9/2013 9:04:00 PM
Description: Shoulder tendinitis could prevent Yankees reliever David Robertson from pitching this week against Baltimore. SOURCE: Yankees.com
Insight: His last appearance came Thursday against the Red Sox. Either Boone Logan or Joba Chamberlain will handle the setup duties while he's out.
5/31/2012 2:34:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN New York, Yankees reliever David Robertson (oblique) will be out at least two more weeks.
Insight: Robertson won't return from the disabled list until mid-June at the earliest, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. Rafael Soriano has seized the closer role for New York, converting all six save chances with a 1.96 ERA on the season. However, he hasn't been perfect, as his 1.53 WHIP indicates, so there is always a chance Robertson could get the job back. Still, expect him to reassume his eighth inning role initially when he returns from the DL.
5/23/2012 8:55:00 PM
Description: According to the Yankees' official website, David Robertson (oblique) is expected to begin his rehab work Thursday.
Insight: Robertson won't return from the disabled list when he's eligible on Sunday, but don't rule him out for the first week of June. Yankees manager Joe Girardi wouldn't commit either way to Robertson or Rafael Soriano as his closer when Robertson returns, but we can't see Soriano losing the role based on his past experience and Robertson's excellence in the eighth inning. Soriano is 3-for-3 in save chances with a 2.35 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings this season.
5/15/2012 8:24:00 PM
Description: David Robertson is expected to miss about three weeks with a left oblique strain. He has been placed on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Rafael Soriano (2-0, 2.57 ERA) will handle the closing duties while Robertson is out and it's not unfamiliar territory for the veteran righthander. Soriano led the American League with 45 saves as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2010.
5/10/2012 8:46:00 PM
Description: Joe Girardi hinted that closer David Robertson probably wouldn't be available to pitch Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Robertson (0-1, 2.63 ERA) had a tough night Wednesday (3 H, BB, 4 ERs in 0.2 innings), blowing the save and taking the loss. He also pitched on Tuesday so Robertson has to be a little worn out right now. Rafael Soriano (2-0, 2.25) will probably get the call if the Yankees find themselves in a save situation tonight.
5/9/2012 9:43:00 AM
Description: David Robertson picked up his first save of the season on Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Robertson gave up a hit and walked two, but worked out of the jam to record the Yankees first save since Mariano Rivera went down with a torn ACL. Robertson is known as Houdini for a reason, as he's shown the propensity to work out of trouble unscathed, and his first save opportunity continued that. Expect top-5 closer numbers the rest of the way.
5/4/2012 4:58:00 PM
Description: David Robertson is expected to be the team's closer with Mariano Rivera likely out for the season.
Insight: Robertson has a 0.93 ERA over the last two seasons, throwing 77 2/3 innings and striking out 118 batters. However, there will obviously be a ton of pressure on whoever is trying to replace the great Rivera, so there's a chance Robertson struggles. Still, he's a must-add.
3/12/2010 8:46:00 AM
Description: Robertson expects to again be a big part of the Yankees bullpen this season.
Insight: Robertson was 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 45 appearances over three stints, holding opponents to a .216 batting average last season with the Yankees. (SportsBuff.com)
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