Yankees closer David Robertson blew a save last night, turning a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 walk-off loss against the Orioles, and afterward he had plenty of harsh things to say about himself:
I pitched like crap. A terrible job by me out there. I just stunk. … I just wasn’t able to do it today. I felt good in the pen. I felt great warming up earlier today. I thought I had good enough stuff. Those guys are too good to leave pitches in the zone.
Fair enough, but hopefully blowing a save when the Yankees’ playoffs hopes are slipping away won’t obscure the fact that Robertson has had an excellent season stepping into Mariano Rivera’s incredibly large shoes as the Yankees’ closer.
Robertson has a 2.93 ERA with 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings and a .186 opponents’ batting average while converting 90 percent of his save chances. In his 17 seasons as the Yankees’ full-time closer Rivera converted 89 percent of his save chances.
Robertson has been damn good in a much-scrutinized role with impossibly high standards and, as a 29-year-old impending free agent, he’s about to cash in big on the open market.