Yankees closer David Robertson is back from the disabled list after missing the past two weeks with a strained groin.
Shawn Kelley was the primary fill-in for Robertson, who took over the closer role on a full-time basis after five seasons as Mariano Rivera’s setup man. He made an appearance in extended spring training over the weekend to convince the Yankees he was ready to return.
If he can stay healthy Robertson has a chance to immediately emerge as one of the best closers in baseball. At age 29 he has a 2.74 ERA and 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings for his career, including a 2.04 ERA and 77/18 K/BB ratio in 66 innings last year.
Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.
Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.
Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.