David Robertson blew a 1-0 ninth-inning lead, allowing four runs on three hits and a walk. Here’s the New York Post this morning:
Obviously it was going to be a big deal the first time Robertson blew a save in the post-Mariano Rivera world. But I do hope that no one loses perspective here and starts the “Robertson just doesn’t have the closer’s mentality” thing or spends too much time pining for Mariano Rivera. I mean, I haven’t seen it yet — and so far Robertson himself is saying that the fans are being great — but I fear it’ll be out there soon in tabloid and talk radio land, especially if he doesn’t save the next ten in a row or something.
Anyway, worth noting that Mariano Rivera has blown 73 saves in the regular season. He once blew a lead in the seventh game of the World Series. It’s an occupational hazard. And David Robertson is an outstanding pitcher. If the greatest closer in the history of the world could blow 4-5 a year, Robertson is allowed to too.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.